Would you rather learn to knit or to embroider? | The Tylt
Would you rather learn to knit or to embroider?
Knitting is one of the best crafts to master. Not only will learning to knit lead to an endless supply of inexpensive gifts, warm scarves and maybe even a mitten or two, but the act of knitting is known to reduce stress. According to the New York Times' Jane E. Brody:
Dr. Herbert Benson, a pioneer in mind/body medicine and author of “The Relaxation Response,” says that the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga. Once you get beyond the initial learning curve, knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Brody also reports that knitting is used as a strategy to help people break addictions or cope with health crises—knitting can even help you maintain dexterity in old age. With all these benefits in mind, why would you not want to learn to knit?
Although embroidery is also known to reduce stress, it is a bit more tedious than knitting. But for many crafters, this is no matter; they simply have a different finished product after the needlework is done.
Not only is embroidery another wonderful inexpensive hobby, but it can help improve your concentration and creativity. Working through an intricate pattern can take you from crazed and distracted to hyper-focused in just moments.