If you need more reasons to continue crafting, here are some of the top benefits of working with yarn.
The relaxed and repetitive motions that typically characterize activities such as crocheting and knitting have been shown to help calm you down physically and mentally. They help lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It also lowers the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in your body. Stress has been shown to lead to a host of other more serious health conditions. Working with yarn does not only mean working on something that you enjoy, it also means that you are able to benefit from a better mood produced by the repetitive movements you make.
Improve Fine Motor Skills
Working with yarn will also help improve your fine motor skills and will ensure that your fingers and hands still feel good even as you age. Knitting, crocheting, and lacemaking require making small, precise movements that are executed rapidly. This repeated exercise will make sure that your joints are flexible and your muscles are toned and steady. These are also recommended activities for people who are suffering from arthritis, as long as they are gentle and do not overdo it.
Improve Social Skills
Knitting and crocheting are activities that are best done in groups, either formally or informally. If you are taking a class, you are assured of a regular schedule where you can meet with your friends to discuss your ongoing project and about your life in general. Furthermore, people who choose to knit in groups gains positive mental benefits: it is a social outlet and a platform for self-expression.
Better Cognitive Skills
Knitting and crocheting pattern generally involve some aspects of math. These activities are all about counting, multiplying, and measuring. Participating in these activities will not only help you practice your math skills, it will also enable you to keep your mind sharp and active. You also need to remember what you are doing, which means that your brain is actively relying on your memory. Most of the mental work involved in yarn work can be performed subconsciously, ensuring that you come out of the process with stronger cognitive skills.