When you think about crochet, you take yourself way back in time, watching your grandmother work on a dining table cover or curtains. You remember baby booties, warm blankets, soft caps, and so many other warm memories. That is what crochet is all about – warm and comfortable as your mother’s shawl. You would be surprised, however, that there are many today who are starting to or have mastered crochet. It is a work of love, takes a lot of your time, and requires patience. Your fingers are busy with the hook and thread as you start making crochet creations that are gaining popularity again, as it well should be. Crochet is not easy. It can cause you to wear glasses, hurt your fingers and back, and require your complete concentration. But coming up with the crochet creation is rewarding. Whatever your project may be, it is always something to look forward to.
Like any other form of art, crochet is a means of expression. The crocheter’s choices of colors or the types of stitches they use are personal. They use their crochet pieces to express feelings. While it may be a labor of love, it is also enjoyable and relieves anxieties. Today, crochet has evolved with more ideas of how to use this art form in more creative ways. More than that, crochet offers the crocheter more benefits than they realize.
Relieves stress and anxiety
The current world situation has caused many people to suffer from stress and anxiety. No one realized the impact it would have on the mental state of so many. You may start feeling claustrophobic from the time you spend indoors to stay safe. You worry about what the future holds for you and your family. These feelings are understandable, but they can also worsen. Crocheting is an effective way to beat the stress while you work on your masterpiece. It may be time-consuming, but it will chase the blues away as your work progresses.
It keeps your hands and your mind busy
Crochet is continuous work with hook and thread, keeping your fingers busy, which is good for you. It is an exercise of skill, as you create beautiful even stitches to create a design, whether as an art piece to hang in your living room or to keep the family warm on cold nights. Your mind does not stop either, focusing on the work and ensuring that you get things just right. An active mind reduces the risk of early signs of Dementia, and may even help with Alzheimer’s disease.
It is fulfilling
After a project is completed, there is a sense of fulfillment. It is a rewarding experience to see the final result of all the hard work. Just to think about the designs and craftsmanship that went into making crocheted curtains can make one feel proud. When given as gifts, crocheted creations will always signify that they were made lovingly for the recipient. You may even start to sell your creations, and fetch a fair amount for your work.
Today, crochet has become increasingly popular. People are also interested in purchasing dainty crocheted doilies, coasters, shawls, and other crochet accessories. This may be the art and craft that you have been looking for.
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