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Knitting For Stress Relief

A Healthy Effect Of Knitting: Stress Relief

I learned how to knit during a very stressful time of my life — when my daughter was born two-and-a-half months earlier than expected. She’s doing great now, but those first few weeks were full of all sorts of stress that I really wasn’t prepared for. Inspired by some preemie hats our family received when my daughter was in the hospital, I asked my mother-in-law to teach me how to knit so I could make some preemie hats, too. I didn’t know it at the time but making those hats probably did more good for me than they did for my daughter.
The symptoms of stress vary from person to person. According to WebMD, they include everything from “becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody” to “chest pain and rapid heartbeat” to “constantly worrying” and a myriad of other maladies. Too much stress can cause or contribute to serious health problems.
The good news is that we have a powerful ally in the battle to manage stress: knitting! Really, most any kind of crafting can be used to help combat stress, but knitting has several interesting aspects going for it. One aspect of knitting that helps reduce stress is the meditative behavior that knitting encourages. The repetitive and rhythmic motions of creating stitches helps develop a calming atmosphere in the knitter’s mind, allowing stressful thoughts to melt away, if only for a few moments. Another aspect of knitting that helps with stress reduction is the fact that knitting can be a distraction. When you’re concentrating on memorizing a pattern repeat, making sure your tension is even, or counting the number of stitches you have on your needles, you tend to push troublesome thoughts from your mind and your stress levels are reduced. Finally, we get the benefits of stress reduction even when we’re not knitting. Once you complete a project, you continue to feel good about it when you see the finished object. Five years later, when I pick up that first preemie hat I knitted, I think about the tiny head that it once fit on. It helps me think back to the time when my daughter was in the hospital and remember not a time full of stress, but a time full of love.
Next time you’ve had a tough day at the office or your family is at each other’s throats, or whatever you experience that raises your stress level, try picking up your needles and yarn and just getting lost in the knitting for a few minutes. It won’t make the problem go away, but it might make you better equipped to deal with it.
Keep on knitting for the ones you love!
- Knitting Daddy Greg

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Celebrities who Knit!

We had so much fun putting together this list of knitters that also happen to be celebrities! Take a look at how some of your fav stars pass the time and relieve stress with one of our favorite fiber arts.


Demi Lovato 

Demi is always on the go so she finds time to knit between flights! We all know how relaxing knitting can be, until you drop a stitch of course. 

Ryan Gosling
 
If he could design his perfect day, he says it would be spent knitting! ~SWOON~

Kristen Stewart
She has been frequently seen knitting on the set of twilight, but here she is in her natural habitat, shoving knitting needles into her bag.
 
Dakota Fanning
She has a thing for knitting, especially for her co-stars! She even knit Tom Cruise a scarf which he wore around the set of War of the Worlds! 
 
Felicity Huffman
She took up knitting after having kids. Her knitting even inspired the title of a movie starring her husband called "The Wool Cap".
 
Kate Moss
 
The supermodel started knitting after her husband gave her a knitting kit for Christmas one year. We couldn't find a picture of her in action, but here's a shot of her from a Rowan Knitting catalog back in the 90's. 
 
Monica Lewinsky
She used to knit often in the White House and was even seen knitting at the Clinton impeachment hearings! If you were wondering what she does now, she designs her own project bags and knitted handbags! 
 
Robin Williams 
One of the greatest of our time, in our humble opinion, was a knitter in the film "Mork and Mindy". 
 
Catherine Zeta Jones
She even knit her entire family ponchos one Christmas! 

Audrey Hepburn
That's right, in between Breakfast at Tiffany's, Audrey was getting her knit on! 
 
Morticia Addams
One of our favorite TV moms knitting away on the set of the Addams Family. We can only hope that she knits off screen too!

Sarah Jessica Parker
This "Sex and the City" star has been repeatedly spotted knitting on and off set. In a Goodhousekeeping article, Sarah was asked how she relaxes. Her reply was:"I read, watch TV, or knit. But I try to knit and watch TV at the same time, which means I end up with many dropped stitches". Read more here.
Kristen Davis

SJP's Sex and the City costar knits too! In Lifetime magazine Kristin talked about her passion of knitting for others and with her knitting club. A recent Huffington Post article here cites Kristen as having taught Blake Lively how to knit - way to spread the love, Kristen!

Ashton Kutcher
Yep, Ashton reportedly knits. It even got him a spot in a Lenovo commercial!

Christopher Walken 
Who needs to look at their needles while they knit? Not Mr. Walken!

Kate Middleton
She reportedly wanted to knit her own baby blanket for her royal baby. Read the article here.


Kurt Cobain
He looked mighty awesome with yarn in his hands. Although he's crocheting we felt compelled to add him to this list. I mean, come ON, it's Kurt!

Marilyn Monroe
Here she is knitting on the set of 1960's “Let’s Make Love”...because she could.

Angela Lansbury
She used to knit socks in bed well before her famous role on "Murder, She Wrote".

Christina Hendricks
She always knits on set in between shoots for "Mad Men".

George Lucas
You didn't think George thought up all those stories in a galaxy far, far away without incitement, did you? Knitting was the stimulus!

Darth Vader

Uma Thurman
People say she's obsessed with knitting! What, is that supposed to be a bad thing?

David Arquette
His grandmother taught him to knit. How sweet! David loves knitting so much that he appeared on the cover of Celebrity Scarves 2 to support breast cancer research.

Vanna White
She is an avid knitter and crocheter. She even has her own yarn line with Lion Brand!

Katherine Heigl
She blogs about her life and crafts, here. She has even stated that she has thought about opening up a knitting shop. 

Keifer Sutherland
Hard to believe, but this "Taking Lives" Star loves to knit!

Russel Crowe
I know what you're thinking: "Is this real?" YES. Apparently, Mr.Crowe has a thing for knitting! 



Amanda Seyfried
She has said that she considers knitting her therapy, much like a lot of us knitters do.

Ashley Olson
Because being a mega-fashion icon just isn't enough.

Julia Roberts
She has said that knitting is her favorite hobby. Check out the article here. Yarn clearly makes Tom Hanks happy, too!


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Introducing May's Theme: Night Jungle

Jump into the wild with our theme this month. Dive deep into the exotic, vivid excitement of the night jungle with this month's Crates! This mysterious color palette is made up of lush greens, vivid purples, and peacock blues. Let the iridescent moonlight guide you deep into the wild jungle!

 

- Your KnitCrate Team 

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April Main Crate Unboxings!

Thank you so much to all the lovely Fiber Artists that continue to tag us in their creations (#UnravelYourKnitCrate) and post unboxing videos every month! Please be sure to follow our friends Youtube channels below so we can keep showing our support and growing the Fiber Art community. ❤️

A special thank you to Barbara for her April KnitCrate unboxing!

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Another very special thank you to Megan for her April KnitCrate unboxing!

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Friendly Reminder: There are just a few days left to be able to get your hands on any April Crates

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