Crochet Benefits

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Hello everyone.

I am wanting to start with a series of benefits that certain hobbies have on our wellbeing. Today I am going to start with Crochet.

Crochet began in Europe in the early 1800’s.

The benefits:

  1. Soothing effect: the repetitive movement of the craft has soothing and calming effects on the human body. The use of colour and textures increase the soothing benefits.
  2. Fingers kept nimble: The various stitches that crochet offers aids in keeping the fingers nimble and this is a great benefit for arthritis sufferers.
  3. Done everywhere: Crochet can be done in almost any type of setting. Whether you are traveling, watching TV or even visiting a friend, you can crochet and participate in the conversations or observe the views or watch your favourite TV show. It is also a great time filler.
  4. Crochet is portable: you can carry your project everywhere.
  5. Eye muscles toned: Because you are focusing on various ‘scenes’, your eye muscles are kept well toned.
  6. Crochet is creative: Crochet provides you with the ability to be creative. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when you are finished with your project. And it helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s developing.
  7. Pain management: Crochet consists of repetitive movements which aid in preventing and managing stress, pain and depression by increasing serotonin and dopamine, and it also boosts the immune system. Crochet is effective in long term pain management.
  8. Relaxing: Crochet has a calming effect on the human body and this helps whose who are suffering from asthma by reducing the number of attacks that they might have during the day and it works in the same way for those who are suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. And it has calming effects on ADHD sufferers.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, I enjoyed writing it up for you.

 

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Mug Cozies

I am doing something different with this post and I hope you like it.

I have mentioned before in a previous post how crocheting is very therapeutic and helps to de- stress a person. I wanted to include a pattern that I wrote up for mug cozies. They are quick to make and very easy suitable for beginners. Advanced crocheters will also enjoy this pattern and you can add your own finishing touches to the item or change the stitches used. There is no limit to art.

Hope you enjoy the pattern.

Are you not tired of your cup of hot beverage cooling down too quickly? Well, I am tired of that happening to my cup of goodness. So I thought about it and realized teapots have cozies for that very problem, why not make a cozy for my cup?

Here is a pattern I wrote up and I have been making these and selling them faster than I can make them. Hope you like the pattern. (I don’t usually write up patterns for others to use. So I hope you can understand the instructions.)

Basic Mug Cozy

Hook: 3.5mm

Wool: suitable for the hook

 

Pattern:

Ch46 sts.

In second ch from hook, hdc, and in remaining chs, hdc.

Ch2, Hdc across all sts for 11 rows.

12th Row: ch 17, hdc across.

Finish off.

Sew a button on the top corner of the cozy so that the 17ch loop can hook over it.

I used the basic cozy and added different finishes to the basic base.

 

Nelson Mandela Day Blankets

This year is the year I make 67 blankets to donate for Mandela Day (18 July 2018).

I have already started on the blankets and a few kind people are lending a helping hand in the making of the blankets.

Someone I know has asked for some of the blankets, he is going to hand them out to a nursing home where he works at and  what is left of the 67 blankets I am going to donate to an organization that provides food, clothes and love to the street people. So it’s a busy time for me and my generous helpers. 

So far I have completed 2 and a third is half completed! I know that we will be donating more the 67 blankets this year!! I am positive.

Crochet, Knitting & Elderly

Crochet and knitting can help improve the elderly person’s emotional well-being, improve cognitive and physical abilities, and enhance quality of life.

Crochet and knitting have been proved to help improve chronic pain, depression, isolation, PTSD and schizophrenia and cognitive and physical impairment.

Crocheting and knitting benefits:

  1. stress relief
  2. improves socialization
  3. gives a sense of accomplishment
  4. improves self esteem
  5. gives the person a sense of purpose

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Given the specific needs of many elderly persons, there are some steps you can take to help encourage success …

  • Keep to simpler projects
  • Use simple and repetitive stitch patterns
  • Work in a well lit area
  • Enlarge patterns to help with eye strain and vision
  • Use a magnifying glass
  • Use larger hook and knitting needles if needed
  • Use contrasting wool
  • Use chunky wool