If you were lucky enough to observe your mothers or your grandmothers quickly slipping out one needle from a great mass of delicate stitches just to knit them once more, you might be wondering what happened to make this historic crafting method almost disappear from Pakistan?
Involving the use of two needles (which vary in size according to what you’re knitting) and a skein of yarn, knitting is perhaps one of the most intricate ways to knot delicate threads together and express your love and care for close friends and family. Unfortunately, the craft is nowhere as popular in Pakistan as it was some seven to ten years ago; long gone are the days when your grandmother used to sit on a rocking chair with her stash of yarn and needles in hand, observing you and your cousins as you played in the porch. The demands of a stifling economy which overworks people to the bone and forces us to rush through life guarantee that none of us get the time to relax with our needles and yarn anymore.
But why should you choose to knit, you ask?
Apart from the fact that knitting literally brings you closer to your loved ones through the goodies that you knit for them, it’s also been proven to have numerous health benefits that will improve not only your cognition but your physical health too.
1. Knitting helps with anxiety.
Significant research shows how knitting can help alleviate anxious thought patterns, grounds you and helps you channel your mind into focusing on the pattern instead of your own thoughts; a welcome distraction of sorts.
2. Knitting also helps with depression.
While it may seem like a task to sit up in bed, pick up your needles and do something productive while you’re in the middle of a depressive episode, knitting has been proven to help with depression since it again, distracts your mind from its downward spiral.
3. Knitting helps with arthritis.
The continuous movement helps those who suffer from arthritis! Search the internet for hand movements and stretches that you can do in order to reduce pain before you start knitting.
4. Knitting slows down the onset of dementia.
So not only can you temporarily treat a mental illness with just two needles and a ball of yarn, you can also slow down the progress of mental diseases that might afflict you when you’re older.
How to get started with knitting?
If you have no one around to teach you how to knit, simply turn to YouTube or Pinterest to learn the very basics;
it’s very easy to knit in the first place! You simply have to learn how to cast on and make two further stitches; knit and purl stitch.
If you learn these three basic steps, you’ll be able to learn how to make caps, socks, and sweaters in no time! So get yourself a pair of relatively thick needles, one skein of colorful yarn and help revive the beauty of this lost art, once more in Pakistan.