Knitting and health
In practice, we follow the methods and findings developed and established by Betsan Corkhill (Stitchlinks) which are based on the therapeutic effects of knitting on mental health. From a therapeutic viewpoint, manual activities characterised by rhythmic movements promote the activity of both hemispheres of the human brain and have a positive impact on the psychological, neurological, behavioural, and social aspects. Research studies conducted by and in collaboration with Betsan Corkhill prove that creative abilities are closely linked with how healthy a person is, the degree of their psychological flexibility, and self-help abilities (source: stitchlinks.com).
Even if the power of therapeutic knitting hasn’t yet been recognised in Slovenia, the situation is completely different elsewhere. As Janja, one of the Breja preja ladies, says: “In England, knitting needles and wool are available on prescription!”