Some of our days are demandingly busy, and some are free to be used any way we choose. During those busy days we often find ourselves waiting. Waiting for a vehicle to be serviced, waiting to see a doctor, or waiting for a lecture to begin. Some people use that time to crochet as it passes the time in a pleasant manner and removes the angst of clock watching.
Crocheting brings some health benefits, too. The repetition of crocheting is soothing and is similar to meditative repetition of a word, a sound, a phrase, prayer or musical activity which brings about the relaxation response, decreased heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension.
Some believe that crocheting, and other creative social activities, can keep our brains nimble. Regular participation in social or leisure activities such as traveling, odd jobs, knitting, crocheting, or gardening were associated with a lower risk of subsequent dementia.
Not to be overlooked is the satisfaction of connecting with the past, creating something useful, and visually nice. It is one of life’s tactile pleasures; the feeling of wool or cotton yarn and the steady repetition of stitch after stitch is a restorative tonic, producing not a virtual something that can be altered with a single click, but a real and tangible product.
In my case, “Crocheting was less expensive than a psychiatrist.” as it gave me solace, a method to block out stress, and the reward of a complex and lovely doily. Some health risks do surface, mostly with the marathon crocheter: carpal tunnel syndrome. I will address this matter in a future “How to Hold Your Hook” article.