Knit Your Way To Good Health

Thought we would share an article we found about “what knitting is doing to your health that you probably knew about“.   If you knit you probably already know about the therapeutic value of knitting.  It keeps your hands busy and is soothing, right?  And you can knit almost anywhere I’ve learned.   A hobby that is productive, creative, and you can take anywhere, including those boring teacher education days we had to endour (as a 20-year veteran science teacher I know).  The article listed the following benefits…

1. Knitting relieves stress. Forget yoga or jogging, grab some yarn and knitting needles and get to work. Listener reports that 73 percent of people who knitted three times a week (or more) felt less stress and were able to organize their thoughts better.
2. Knitting relieves symptoms of depression. Knitting stimulates the brain and can help relieve symptoms of depression, according to the The Washington Post. A study actually discovered that 81 percent of knitters felt happier when they were done with their knitting sessions.
3. Knitting helps slow cognitive diseases. The Washington Post also reports that neurological activity produced by hobbies such as knitting actually reduced the effects of some diseases and slowed cognitive decline.

4. Knitting improves motor function. Using knitting needles could help improve motor function for patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to The Washington Post. This is likely tied to strengthened muscles and muscle memory associated with knitting skills.
5. Knitting eases anxiety. According to the Listener, the rhythmic nature of knitting helps your body produce serotonin (a body chemical associated with calmness and happiness). Additionally, using two hands requires your brain to focus entirely on the job at hand so you can’t think or worry about anything else.
6. Knitting can help with weight problems and eating disorders.One 2009 University of British Columbia study found that women who knitted could turn their attention away from eating and weight loss, so it can be very helpful for anorexia patients. It might also help people who want to lose weight: Since it keeps you busy, you don’t have the time and you’re not bored enough to keep munching.
7. Knitting could boost your memory. Psychology Today reports that moving your eyes from side to side for 30 seconds at a time every day can boost your memory, and knitting definitely requires some serious eye movement!
8. Knitting is therapeutic for mothers of premature babies. Some hospitals encourage new mothers to try knitting a hat for their premature babies. The act of knitting helps relieve stress, and it keeps mom’s hands occupied. This is particularly helpful for moms who can’t hold their little ones for several weeks, according to The Washington Post. But it even helps fathers. A dad of a preemie daughter told The New York Times that “learning how to knit preemie hats gave me a sense of purpose during a time that I felt very helpless. It’s a hobby that I’ve stuck with, and it continues to help me cope with stress at work, provide a sense of order in hectic days, and allows my brain time to solve problems.” Knitting can also help to cope with other types of health crises.
So join me in knitting your way to good health.  Check out our list of yarns at our website www.sierrawools.com.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Just sharing a wish for the upcoming holiday.  Thanksgiving has it’s origin with early settlers in the U.S., and along with colder (and wetter!) weather, brings to mind the need for warm clothing, hearth and home.  As for us, we are blessed to be visiting family this year; and yes, they will be doing the cooking!  We wish you and yours the best of holidays, and be sure to stay warm with lots of firewood on the fire, and wool garments.

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Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

Sierra Wools…

-Barbara and Mark Engle

 

 

Into Making Socks? Here’s how to make your own pattern for your own foot!

If you go to our website, SierraWools.com, you can find a link for a custom “sock generator” that will allow you to enter dimensions for your foot and the outcome is a row by row description of how to make that sock fit that foot!

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This process is a little bit science and a little bit art, I’ve learned.  The best way to learn it is to get your feet wet (no pun intended) and start working on it.  As Jethro Gibbs from the TV series says, “learn things”!  Or as Niki would say, “Just Do It”.

Check Out Our Etsy Shop

My husband and I are starting a fiber business in northern California we call Sierra Wools.  We plan on specializing in processing and selling high quality wool and products from the regional “Fibershed” that serves our area.  (If you’re asking what is a Fibershed? check them out at fibershed.com.)

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Our online stop, or shop in the Etsy world can be found at www.sierrawools.com.  We have only just begun, but have a lot of handspun yarns, roving and other products at our shop.

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I formerly owned and operated White Mountain Wool Mill in northeastern Arizona, and processed wool for myself and others for many years there.  I have specialized in fine wool products, such as Romney, Lincoln, Ramboullet and other fine woolens.

We also are producing a quality wool picker, inspired by our own needs and the high cost and timeliness of shipping for other products on the market.  My husband hand crafted our fine oak picker to my specifications and needs for processing my own fleeces over many years, and it is capable of producing larger volumes of fleece than many small units we looked at buying.

As an incentive to buy something from our new shop we are offering a 20% off coupon on our website, just go to http://www.sierrawools.com and find the code for the discount.  Just enter the code on checkout from Etsy to receive your discount.