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Knitting and Crochet Tote Releases Stress

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A knitting and crochet tote is something a lot of people simply walk past in tourist shops or push to the back of their closet most of the year. This is not the case in my family. Knitting and crochet has always been a big part of my grandma's life, and I never really knew why until last week.

 

For every possible holiday my grandma would throw in a knitting and crochet tote along with another little gift. I think she knew I didn't use them, even though I hung each one on the back of my door like I would need to use it any day. She just said she made so many that she didn't need them anymore. I think she always hoped that I would start getting interested in knitting and crochet just like she did when she was my age.

 

I volunteered to drive my grandma to her knitting and crochet club last Tuesday, not knowing it was over half an hour away. She walked up to the car with her usual knitting and crochet tote and her supplies in tow. We had a lot of time to pass, so naturally we started talking about her knitting club meeting that day. She told me how she started knitting and crocheting in the first place and why she continued to keep the habit for 62 years and counting. She said that with all the stress in her life with working and raising three kids, she needed something to keep her calm. She needed something constant that could keep her mind off of everything else in her life that was bothering her.

 

I didn't believe her at first that each knitting and crochet tote I saw her carrying acted as a stress reliever. After some research online later, I found out that she was right! Activities like knitting and crochet have a calming effect that can help manage anxiety and, as a result, even help medical conditions such as asthma or panic attacks. As a result of the stress relieving properties, knitting and crochet can also strengthen the body's immune system.

 

So yesterday when I was driving my grandma back to her last club meeting, I looked at her knitting and crochet tote with a feeling of admiration and interest. I decided to do something I generally vowed never to do: I went into the meeting. I did go very well prepared, though. I looked up a Complete Beginners Guide to Knitting and Free Easy Crochet Patterns and Beginners Help. I was pretty much baffled on my own and I was getting stressed just trying to figure out what all of these new terms meant.

 

At this last meeting I began something of my own. I made a crochet tote bag that was so easy, and I finally had a knitting and crochet tote bag of my own for all my supplies. I finally made a bag that I'm going to actually use! After the meeting I decided that I'm going to look into some other stress relieving techniques, like a Ripple Afghan Crochet Pattern for my new apartment. Who knew staying calm and healthy could be so easy?
 

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Ratings & Comments (19)

Jun 24, 2011

I LOVE YOUR STORY , THAT IS VERY NICE AND I'M SURE THAT YOU MADE YOUR GRAMS HEART HAPPY !!!!!!!!!!!! DO YOU HAVE ANY REALLY NICE TOTE PATTERS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

 

Jun 10, 2011

Learning to knit and crochet as a child, I mostly crochet. A proven stress reliever I foolishly set it aside for 2 years when my Mother passed On, as my world shifted. Then, "after the work's done" became "after the work's done for today". I'm happier, more peaceful and productive. Added bonuses: those requesting projects buy or pay for double the yarn needed... another project waiting to happen. CHRISTmas and birthdays are easy for family and friends. Thank you Walmart for bringing back your craft department.

 

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May 14, 2011

I loved reading your article, and a while ago wouldn't have believed the difference having something to concentrate on in times of stress, something to occupy the hands and mind, can help our bodies and minds cope with stressful situations. My wonderful Dad is in a nursing home as a result of vascular dementia, and I go sit with him each day for several hours. Sometimes he sleeps through my entire visit, other times he sits and stares ahead, occasionally he will speak, but its all about the fantasy world his mind has created for him. I used to sit there feeling so helpless at not being able to do anything to help return his former quality of life, wishing things were different... A friend suggested I take something to do, originally thought of puzzle magazines, but I felt like I was being rude with my nose stuck in a magazine or book during my visit. Then I decided to knit, something I did a lot of when my girls were young. I could talk with Dad, could look at him if he spoke, and I found his eyes were drawn to my hands, the movement of the needles, the yarn unravelling... he seems calmer when I knit, and I know I no longer feel so helpless sitting there with him. Plus, I eventually get the added benefit of wearing what I've produced. Dad looked at a newly completed jumper I wore for the first time, reached out and touched it, and looked towards my tote bag. He had remembered the colour of the yarn, and when I said yes, this was what I'd been knitting these past weeks, he looked again at the tote and was smiling when I pulled out a different colour yarn, and showed him a picture of the latest article I'm making. We both benefit from my knitting, and I wonder how I'd have coped without it.

 

Apr 14, 2011

I loved reading this article. I fully understand what she is talking about because I always felt more relaxed having something for my hands to do. My grandma and aunt taught me to crochet and I learned knitting using Reader's Digest Complete Book of Needlework. Thanks for the great article!

 

Mar 23, 2011

so inspiring! i just started crocheting a few months ago, and i have given everybody in my family at least one crocheted gift! i made my puppy a sweater yesterday, and it really relaxes me. i think it's funny to see the looks on my peers' faces when i tell them i crochet and knit( i'm only 12!), and it makes me feel like i'm really doing a good thing by crocheting!

 

Feb 3, 2011

I have always had a crochet bag with me...I hate to be stuck somewhere with nothing to occupy my hands and my mind.

 

Jan 2, 2011

What a great way to connect with your grandmother. A friend taught me to crochet, and I am now learning to knit. Since I am a multi-tasker, these allow me to make some "down-time" for myself and release stress

 

Nov 28, 2010

You're not kidding about the relaxation gained from knitting. I do live-in care of the elderly in England and I know that without the knitting, crochet and needlework that I take along with me to pass the "down time", I would probably end up with senile dementia aswell!

 

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