Crochet for Better Mental Health
Have you ever considered learning to knit or crochet? Perhaps you should. It could help your all around mental health.
I have discovered that I like the mind-numbing meditative comfort of knowing I can make the hat pattern I make all the time. I have to focus a bit at the beginning of each hat and count the stitches in each row before moving on, but then I can just crochet and talk to those around me without fear of messing up. It is very relaxing and enjoyable as long as my carpel tunnel doesn’t act up too much.
The fact that most of the hats I make will be given to the homeless and help make them warmer and let them know that someone cares about them only makes it that much better.
I can carry the things I need to make each hat in either a quart or gallon sized slider plastic storage bag. Easy enough to tuck into my tote bag or toss in the trunk so I can always have something constructive to do. Much of the yarn I use to make the hats has been donated to me for this purpose. It is my pleasure to find ways to make almost every hat unique and beautiful. I especially enjoy using variegated yarns because you never know what sort of pattern you will end up with. Note the diagonal striping in the brown hat shown below. I have fun putting different yarns together to see how they will turn out. See some of the photos below to see how pair different solid color yarns with the same variegated yarn can drastically change the way it looks. Here are some of my latest creations. So far, I have made 24 hats in 2017.
In case you are wondering what that fishing bobber looking thing is in the photo above, it is a handle I use on all my hooks when I crochet to help with carpel tunnel. The truth is this thing is amazing and I wouldn’t be able to crochet with it. It makes so much of a difference in eliminating hand cramps and fatigue and allows me to crochet more often and for longer at a time. See link below, or you can find these at most Wal-Mart and Meijer stores for less than $10. I have several. They are worth every penny!
The hat in the middle above was a fun way to use up a variety of pink yarns and makes for a one-of-a-kind hat. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations of yarns. If it looks awful, you will know soon enough and can always take it out and start over.
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Boye Aluminum Crochet Hook Set, Sizes D-K (my favorite hook style)
Boye Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle (my favorite crochet tool)