Another periodic type of post I want to concentrate on this year involves mindfulness and just how much crafting, and specifically crochet, can help us achieve a meditative state. Of course those of us who craft regularly know the relaxation and calmness that comes with getting lost in our projects and, more importantly, the anxiousness and unsettled feeling that comes with not crocheting. Seems like the rest of the world is catching on! There have been a number of articles recently that focus on the benefits of knitting (though we know those benefits carry over to many other types of crafting), but I thought this one did a good job of capturing the range of specific benefits that can be achieved.
So, periodically on Mondays, I'd like to look a little deeper into these health benefits, the science behind them, and some practical tips for how to incorporate crocheting into your life if you're new to the craft and some new ways for the more experienced crocheter to rediscover and relish the benefits of crochet.
Today's fun fact is that using your fingers in crafting actually builds up their cartilage rather than wearing it down and helps stave off arthritis. Even if you already have arthritis, you can improve it by soaking your hands in warm water and using larger needles or hooks for your projects.
Got some tips of your own you want to share? Please leave a comment with your suggestions.