WWW: reasons to knit/crochet/spin/weave

Pedro Gonzalez of Dallas knits a sock at Holley's Yarn Shoppe in Dallas. He can knit a sock while he watches a movie. (Carly Geraci)
Pedro Gonzalez of Dallas knits a sock at Holley's Yarn Shoppe in Dallas. He can knit a sock while he watches a movie. (Carly Geraci)

Every week a new study shares how making things by hand reduces stress and improves mental health. More articles also remind us that it can change lives through empowerment. Today’s WWW post shares some of these stories.

Pedro Gonzalez of Dallas knits a sock at Holley's Yarn Shoppe in Dallas. He can knit a sock while he watches a movie. (Carly Geraci)
Pedro Gonzalez of Dallas knits a sock at Holley’s Yarn Shoppe in Dallas. He can knit a sock while he watches a movie. (Carly Geraci)

Balance, Mindfulness, Mental Health



Penine Niyobyose of Gisenyi (Rwanda) at her knitting machine

Changes lives by providing income:



Crocheted octopi comfort and calm premature babies at Poole Hospital in the UK.
Crocheted octopi comfort and calm premature babies at Poole Hospital in the UK.

Knitting for others:

Charity knitting is another way to pay it forward and change lives. When I’m not crocheting cat toys for foster kittens, I’m likely knitting preemie hats. Why? I was born early and spent many days in NICU. Most of the clothes for my first few months were handmade (the rest were too large). Here are a few articles about recent charity knitting/crochet initiatives.


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Penny Shima Glanz spends her days spinning yarn and code into memorable projects. Small businesses rely on her for smart technology decisions. She creates understated elegance in her hand-knit and crochet designs. She loves muddy trail runs, fosters kittens, and lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and cat.