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Knitting Opens up Health and Connections
Created By: Paul Lee

When I first got the idea to knit, it was because I wanted to make costume scarves for the next Harry Potter movie. It never occurred to me that knitting might actually do more than make garments.

After a few abortive and very mediocre attempts, I got the knit and purl stitches down-pat and started making scarves not only for myself, but for other fans as well. They saw that I was able to produce great products such as hats and scarves to match the motifs found in the Harry Potter books and movies. This of course led to more people seeing my work and meeting more people. Having grown up in a military family and never having many friends because we moved so often, this was a whole new experience for me. Elderly women would stop and talk to me, telling me stories about their mothers, aunts or older sisters teaching them to knit.

As my skills and stitch repetoire increased, I found myself making afghans (Falling Leaves was a biggie) and sweaters. I got a lot of positive feedback from women, but still men looked with disgust at a "guy who knits." But the occassional guy would ask me who taught me, and when they learned I was self-taught, a few would ask me to show them how to do it.

But the best benefits were my blood pressure and stress levels reducing. I work in health care, and the job is highly stressful. But picking up then needles, even if for 10 minutes during lunch, makes the whole day seem that much easier. Even if I am not actually "making" anything (I have about 60 dishcloths from these free-knits), I feel better and can handle the rest of the day.

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