Thursday, 17 October 2013

Guest Post: Why you should learn to crochet

Please welcome June, who has agreed to guest blog here on Abso-knitting-lutely today. Read about her take on the advantages of crochet, including many health benefits. Enjoy!

Crocheting allows even relative beginners to produce articles that are attractive and that serve a purpose. There are so many amazing and easy crochet patterns on the internet. Having others admire something that we have created with our own hands fulfils the need for self-expression that is inherent in all human beings. Those of us who are not a Picasso or Chopin in the making have no lesser need to be artistically expressive and crochet is a wonderful medium for accomplishing this. That is not to say that crochet work cannot find its way into an art museum. As detailed on Wikipedia, HildurBjarnadóttir of Iceland has magnificent examples of the art on permanent display at the Reykjavik Art Museum. It seems then that this is a craft that can take you as far as you wish to go.

Who Benefits Most From Learning to Crochet



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As a therapeutic tool, crochet can relieve the effects of stress and tension that most people experience in the normal course of modern-day living. Lengthy travel on a crowded bus or tube can be made more bearable if you are able to escape your circumstances by becoming immersed in the process of creating something of beauty. The same can be applied to most daily stresses and so to most people.

The value of the act of creating is discussed by Kathryn on a blog entitled, Crochet in Therapy vs Crochet as Therapy. She gives a few examples of the role crocheting can play in providing neutral ground as a much-needed, temporary respite for a group who suffer similar medical conditions. She also provides interviews with a few well-known personalities from the crafts world and others who admit to having found great relief from diverse psychological problems, including severe depression, in the act of crocheting.

Why Crocheting?



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by Easymakesmehappy

The type of therapeutic value found in crocheting is not unique to this craft, but the ease with which it can be learned adds to its attraction. Young children are quickly able to grasp the basics and begin to use this medium as a form of self-expression. There are a few incidences found online that describe the benefits of crocheting for persons suffering from self-esteem issues. These have included substance abusers and it seems logical that replacing destructive behaviour with a positive, creative act would produce a positive result.

People have always tended to associate art with drawing or painting, which is why so many persons profess to have no artistic talent whatsoever. It follows that those with self-esteem issues would discover surprising new aspects of their identity by actually producing an attractive and useful crocheted article. A first taste of admiration from others could motivate a desire to master this craft. It is also quite possible that this unexpected realisation could be the key to unlocking a hidden and quite unique talent regarding other art forms.

Conclusion

Of the many benefits to be found in learning to crochet, one is the fact that if you cannot find the exact item of clothing that you want, you can make it yourself. This could evolve into quite a lucrative small business if others begin to admire your unique creations. Crocheting can be a confidence builder that breaks the mental barriers constructed by low self-esteem and allows the creative mind to roam unrestricted through an infinite treasure trove of possibilities. Just a hook and some yarn are all that is needed to create a fresh mind-set and an exciting new beginning.

---This article was written by June, she loves finding new patterns online. Her favorite person to knit for is her daughter. 

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