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making and mind-over-matter

Most makers inherently understand the therapeutic effects of making.  Stitchlinks and Cardiff University are working on a series of studies to document the therapeutic effects of knitting, crochet and cross stitch.

When we first began researching the therapeutic benefits of knitting and cross stitching, our initial thoughts were that they could provide an effective way of ‘occupying’ people from the arm chair or hospital bed which could be deliverable in kit form.

As our investigation of narratives progressed, however, the benefits appeared to go a lot deeper with possible physiological, neurological, psychological, behavioural and social changes.

Current studies include investigating the connections between knitting and memory and using knitting in the management of chronic pain.  You can contribute your own experiences by completing this survey from Cardiff University:

Celebrate knitting and crochet this month with Get Your Knits in Virginia 2010.  Get 15% off regularly-priced items at any participating LYS in July when you purchase a special “Knit Kit.”

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