Summer is the perfect time to take it easy, but you can really put your feet up on August 15th. It’s Relaxation Day, so we’re thinking of ways to celebrate. One excellent way to relax is by grabbing your latest WIP. Crafting is proven to have positive effects on stress levels, so it’s no wonder it’s such a popular pastime. We’ve put together some of our most relaxing yarns and patterns in honor of this easy-going day.
There has been increasing interest in the past few years regarding the positive health benefits of crafting. Especially since these effects can be measured now by scientific means. In an article for CNN, Jacque Wilson writes: “Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.”
And if you’re looking for another vote of confidence, then turn to Albert Einstein. Dr. Sarah McKay writes for MindBodyGreen that he was “reputed to have knitted between projects to ‘calm his mind and clear his thinking’.” So, it’s truly a genius move when you take up your crafting on a lunch break or at the end of a long day!
When you’re sitting down for a relaxing crafting session, the pattern can make all the difference. Here are 6 patterns that are either fairly easy to work, or feature a particularly relaxing yarn, or both. First, three gorgeous knit shawls.
Our Drop Stitch Shawl (Knit) will take two skeins of our new Rewind Yarn, in a very happy-making color – Make Lemonade. Perhaps you can meditate on the name while knitting for an added mood boost! If you choose to cast on the Marietta Shawl (Knit), then you’ll need just one cake of Shawl in a Cake in Sun Salutations. This beautiful blue-green blend will give you relaxing yoga vibes as you stitch. Another cake project is the Easy Triangle Shawl (Knit), which has some lovely little details.
Our Taos Tunisian Crochet Shawl is made with Shawl in a Ball, in Restful Rainbow. Then there’s the One Ball Scarf (Crochet), which will have you working with our beloved Mandala Yarn. This pattern will be a breeze once you get the hang of it, plus Mandala will take care of the colorwork for you. One more Mandala pattern for our list is the Beginner’s Delight Afghan (Crochet). You’ll use four different colors of Mandala, and one crafter commented, “It came out beautiful. Everyone that saw me working on it loved the way the colors went through the Afghan.”
So, what do you do to relax? If you’re anything like us here at Lion Brand, then you probably reach for your project-of-the-week. Let us know in the comments if crafting has had a relaxing effect on you, or if there’s a favorite pattern you turn to when you want to chill out. And a happy Relaxation Day to you all!