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.
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 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.
If he could design his perfect day, he says it would be spent knitting! ~SWOON~
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.
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!
She took up knitting after having kids. Her knitting even inspired the title of a movie starring her husband called "The Wool Cap".
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.
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!
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!
That's right, in between Breakfast at Tiffany's, Audrey was getting her knit on!
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 Goodhousekeepingarticle, 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 morehere.
SJP's Sex and the City costar knits too! In Lifetime magazine Kristin talked about her passionofknitting for others and with her knitting club. A recent Huffington Post articleherecites Kristen as having taughtBlake Livelyhow to knit - way to spread thelove, Kristen!
Yep, Ashton reportedly knits. It even got him a spot in a Lenovo commercial!
Who needs to look at their needles while they knit? Not Mr. Walken!
She reportedly wanted to knit her own baby blanket for her royal baby. Read the articlehere.
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!
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!
Use code KIL20 for 20% off your first subscription
Another very special thank you to Megan for her April KnitCrate unboxing!
Use code PEARLS20 for 20% off your first subscription
Friendly Reminder: There are just a few days left to be able to get your hands on any April Crates