Having a hobby that can reduce stress and anxiety is extremely important in this day and age and we encourage our service users to take up something to keep their mind and hands busy. As many of them are not as able as they used to be, they often take up hobbies they can do from the comfort of their own home, such as knitting.
Knitting is extremely popular among all ages as it’s relaxing and all absorbing.
Not only is knitting great for creating clothing, accessories or even decorations, it’s also a great way for people to express their creativity and this is something we certainly encourage in our service users, especially those with dementia.
Knitting is also a multi-tasking hobby that can focus the mind and once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to stop.
To get started, get yourself some needles, wool and a willing teacher – perhaps a friend or neighbour or why not join a knitting club? This is perfect for anyone who often feels a bit lonely and would like someone to chat to.
Once you’ve mastered the basics you can move on to experimenting with textures and other techniques.
Start off simple with a scarf or something similar. You could knit them for family and friends as presents, saving you money in long-run.