Yet again, the BBC is just catching up with The Snail of Happiness:
I have been highlighting the benefits of creative crafts for ages now. Knitting and crochet, amongst other activities, generate alpha brainwaves, which are beneficial for learning, making connections and generating ideas. They are associated with “alert wakefulness”.
Crafting is also sociable, as evidenced by the profusion of ‘knit and natter’ or ‘stitch and bitch’ events springing up. My version was ‘cake and craft‘ (because being alert certainly enhances cake-enjoyment!) and mighty successful it was too for the year that I ran it. And even if you can’t physically get to a meeting, there are lots of sociable groups on-line… including a closed Facebook group for all the ladies knitting knockers. Social interaction involving creativity has real health benefits – both mental (mentioned in the BBC article) and physical (it has been shown to help relieve pain, for examples see this document).
If you want to know more about the subject, I suggest you check out the Stitcklinks website, which contains all sorts of fascinating information about therapeutic knitting, including references to academic papers, case studies and resources for setting up groups.