Last year was about comebacks and trends that caught up with people amid the lockdown. Now, with everyone staying home to be safe from the coronavirus, another old-school hobby that has made a return is knitting and crocheting.
Once considered a domestic activity best suited for elderly women, many youngsters are now taking to this. In fact, a social media platform called WeAreKnitters has been seeing a steady rise in takers over the last months. The platform runners even opine that knitting reduces your stress level and improves your focus as well as self-esteem when you realise that you have created something.
For businesswoman Jasmeet Khara, knitting is all about relaxation and productivity. It was her mom who taught her a bit of knitting during lockdown and Jasmeet got hooked to it. “With so much going around, knitting was like a getaway for me. My friends made fun of me when I told them that I have started knitting, but I absolutely loved it. It is such a relaxing activity,” says Jasmeet.
Even celebs are hooked to knitting and are indulging in it as a hobby. Singer Shalmali Kholgade, choreographer and director Farah Khan Kunder and actor Asiya Kazi are among those took up knitting amid lockdown. In one of her recent Instagram posts where she is seen holding a knitted pouch, Shalmali said, “It has helped me relax and unwind in the past and it did the same even this time. Here’s a little pouch I made, that I’m going to keep my jewellery in.”
Experts say that the growing number of knitting communities is helping people with their mental well-being. “Turning to more creative and productive activities creates a sense of achievement, which in turn boosts self-esteem and confidence and pushes people to explore more possibilities. All this is beneficial for one’s mental wellbeing too,” says Ekta Dixit, a psychologist
According to new research by Knit For Peace, an organization that helps women from different communities by purchasing their knits and distributing them among those in need, knitting could actually improve your health. The research said that 70 per cent of knitters reported that their health improved after they got into knitting. Plus, 82 per cent showed that knitting relaxed them, 65 per cent reported that knitting for someone else made them feel useful and productive, and 92 per cent found knitting boosted their mood.