I was doing my usual monday morning routine. I wake up, get a glass of coffee and head to the “throne”. While I’m trying to answer the call of nature I usually surf the net. Everyone knows how much I love knitting. The interesting part is that now even my phone knows that too. I’m using a regular One Plus Three. It’s a killer, a flagship killer to be exact but my favourite feature about it has to be the Google Now cards.

As I was concentrating, trying to flush yesterday’s meatloaf out of my system I came across a pretty decent card titled “5 reasons Knitting is Good for You”. Well let me share what I found out with the lot of you.

Here’s the article.

Even if you’ve never thought of knitting your own clothes, now’s the time to start – as it can actually be good for you.

Here are 5 reasons knitting is the best hobby to take up…

Helps to fight dementia

It’s been scientifically proven that using your hands in a productive way triggers activity in 60% of your brain, and a 2011 study from the Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences revealed that crafts like patch-working or knitting during middle age decreased the odds of later cognitive impairment and memory loss by 30 to 50%.

Helps you to stay calm

However exciting the thought of creating your scarf may be, the repetitive actions of knitting will stop your adrenalin overheating, by activating the parasympathetic nervous system and dampening down the body’s “fight or flight” response.

Gets you fit

Ok, maybe not ‘fit’ fit, but certainly fitter than you would be if you didn’t knit; an hour of needle clanking burns around 55 calories.

Makes you happy

In a study of 3,500 knitters, by The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression said they felt happy after knitting – more than half took it even further and said they felt “very happy”.

Psychiatrists believe this is thanks both to the fact you’re instantly (hopefully) creating something useful, and the fact knitting’s been shown to release dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter normally associated with pleasurable activities like sex and eating.

It’s trendy

Cara Delevingne, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ryan Gosling, Cameron Diaz. All big fans of a ball of wool, apparently.

Naturally, the ‘celeb effect’ has filtered down to us normal people, and recent research by the Craft Yarn Council reported a rise in younger people reaching out for the wool, with 18% of members now aged between 18 and 34.

Not enough? Still need-le more inspiration to get purling? Then how about the thought you could create something like these…

You can read more insightful articles like this here. Honestly, it’s a really neat site http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/wellbeing/healthy-hobbies-5-reasons-knitting-is-good-for-you-11363936725035

It’s not often that you see a man at your stitch group or in your local yarn store. But when that stitch-lovin’ man appears, us female knitters go crazy for him, and we realize that, yes, knitting is for men, too. We want to know how he learned to knit, how long he’s been knitting, what he’s making right now. Did his mother teach him to knit? His grandmother? Tell us everything!

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Craftsy Crush: Men Who Love to Knit

It’s not often that you see a man at your stitch group or in your local yarn store. But when that stitch-lovin’ man appears, us female knitters go crazy for him, and we realize that, yes, knitting is for men, too. We want to know how he learned to knit, how long he’s been knitting, what he’s making right now. Did his mother teach him to knit? His grandmother? Tell us everything!

IN HONOR OF MOVEMBER, WE’RE CELEBRATING CRAFTSY’S MALE KNITTERS!

Stephen West teachers our Shawlscapes class — a must for shawl lovers interested in designing their own unique shawls. Stephen shows students how to get the exact angle and drape they want in their shawls, plus the tools students will need to design their own. A designer for Malabrigo Yarn and Knitty.com, Stephen is an inspiration for male (and female) knitters everywhere.

Have you looked at projects from Franklin Habit’s Heirloom Lace Edgings class? Talk about some gorgeous knitting! Franklin’s love of knitting translates into other creative parts of his life, too. He’s the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and runs popular knitting blog The Panopticon.
Alasdair Post-Quinn has been knitting for over a decade and is one of Craftsy’s expert double knitters. Alasdair teaches Adventures in Double Knitting. He’s also the author of Extreme Double Knitting: New Adventures in Reversible Colorwork, the ultimate reference for anyone who wants to learn the no-wrong-side knitting technique.

KNITTING PATTERNS FOR MEN

The Craftsy pattern store has plenty to offer men who want to knit something for themselves. Get inspired by these patterns and knit yourself (or the man in your life) something.

RECTO VERSO SWEATER

This unique seamless pattern  by alfa knits has no wrong side. It can be worn inside out, backwards — there’s no wrong way to wear it.

Get the pattern here.

DARTING DIAGONALS FINGERLESS GLOVES

This one-skein project by Elena Rosenberg Wearable Fiber Art includes sizes for both men and women, in case you want to knit up multiple pairs as gifts. An advanced beginner could tackle this project easily. I love the unique diagonal stitching on the gloves!

Go to source: https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/11/men-who-love-to-knit

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