Knitting As Therapy

I began to knit three years ago, taught by a social work colleague. I have been through a lot of stress in the last few years as a result of my various jobs as a social worker. I have found knitting to be very therapeutic and it has unleashed creativity that I never knew that I had. I have never been a very "crafty" person, but I have gone from being a very hesitant knitter to a beginning knitter who learns something new every day. Knitting in public is great fun, though as a male knitter, I often get funny looks from other men. I give away my FOs. I knit scarves, afghans (from squares), purses, shoulder bags, and cell phone caddies.
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3 Responses Aug 14, 2007

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Don't feel funny being a male knitter. Some of the best and most artistic knitters are male. I have had some good male friends who were nurses that were taught to knit by other nurses just to get through the sleepy time of the early morning hours when all the patients were sleeping soundly.<br />
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I'm a social worker and I knit too! I started when I was very young, but you're right, it is a great stress reliever! I occasionally teach clients to knit and encourage them to knit in groups as a good relaxing social activity. Creativity and the mental quiet that comes when your hands are busy are so healing.