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HOW TO KNIT A FLEXIBLE MIND.
Betsan Corkhill came to discover the therapeutic benefits of knitting when reading testimonials from many knitters about how they used the craft to deal with chronic pain, depression, loss, bad habits, anxiety and depression.
It became her mission to research the science behind these benefits and to introduce the results to the medical community at large with the hopes that knitting and crochet will be looked upon as key components in treatment for a variety of ills.
"Our mission is to use knitting and other therapeutic creative activities to improve wellbeing generally, but also to complement medical treatments in the self-management of long-term health conditions."
The resulting organization is Stitchlinks, the home of therapeutic knitting - founded in 2005.
She offers the Knitting Equation ©Stitchlinks, (see below), to show the many factors that go into the benefits of knitting. It's wonderful to have scientific proof to back up what all knitters learn when they fall in love with the craft. Note the inclusion of "raucous laughter" on the chart. We can relate.