So, this week not only did I do some actual crocheting, but I also researched some of the health benefits of doing yarn crafts such as crocheting. For my actual project that I did this week, I crocheted coffee cozies for a friend of mine. She loves coffee and bought some coffee mugs. They aren’t the easiest to hold while hot coffee is in them though, because of how hot they become. So, she asked me to crochet her some really simple coffee mug cozies. This project didn’t take me quite two hours to complete though, so I decided to do some research on the health benefits of yarn crafting. In the article 10 Most Important Health Benefits of Yarncrafting, there are some huge benefits. One benefit is that knitting and crocheting are stress relievers. they allow people to just forget about their troubles for a short time. Yarn work also decreases anxiety. Crocheting and knitting also relieves depression. The article states that the repetitive motion of crocheting releases the natural anti-depressant hormone serotonin. Crocheting and knitting also has been linked to the postponing or reducing of dementia. The article says that the act of knitting and crocheting soothes those experiencing memory loss and that the simple acts of these activities can postpone memory problems. Another benefit that hits a different area of health is a higher self-esteem. The completion of a project is a satisfying feeling. It boosts your self-esteem to see that people think you are good at something. Crocheting and knitting can work at relaxation which in and of itself is a huge health benefit. Another benefit that may benefit a person in a slightly different way is crocheting and prayer. In my church, we have a prayer shawl ministry. Prayer has been proven to be a huge health benefit for many people and crocheting is an outlet to give you the time and clear mind to pray.

In the weeks to come there are several projects I would like to begin and complete. I still would like to make a stuffed animal bunny. I should be able to begin and complete that fairly soon. I also want to start on the afghan project for my dad within the next week or two. I would also like to complete some baby hats to donate to the local hospital.

To get some ideas of projects I could do, I reached out to my friends over Facebook. One friend messaged me asking if I would like his mom to send me some patterns. I said sure and gave him my address. A few days later, I received a stuffed envelope full of small magazines that had patterns and several paper copies of random pattern ideas from my friend’s mom (whom I’d never met). She enclosed a letter explaining what some of the patterns were for. She also enclosed a bookmark cross made by crocheting thread. It was so awesome how crocheting builds a community and helps make friends. I might try crocheting using thread.

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The left picture is the coffee cozies that I made. The right picture is the mail I received from my friend’s mom! Both pictures were taken by me.

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11 thoughts on “Coffee Cozies and Benefits #diglitclass

  1. I love how you spent your extra time researching why crocheting is beneficial! I feel as if this is a wonderful way to no just go through the motions of crocheting but to really understand why you chose to do what you do. Also, you did a wonderful job on the coffee cozies! What was the hardest part of this project? I look forward to seeing more projects completed by you!

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    1. Thanks! I don’t really like researching many things, but I enjoy researching on topics that interest me, like crochet. Thanks! The hardest part of this project is that I didn’t have a pattern or instructions on how to make the cozies. I just had to figure out the length and width I wanted on my own, and that can be difficult sometimes. It can also be really nice because I can make my own thing and not have to worry about if I’m doing it right. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. Way to go the extra step and doing some research! My mother writes book for a living, so everyday, all day, she sits at a desk with her fingers plastered to a keyboard. With that and all of the work she did in the Air Force for 25 years as well as genetics, she has suffered through some serious arthritis in her hands and wrists. She started knitting about 6 or 7 years ago and ever since then she can see a total relief of her pain! The doctor says that because she is exercising her hands in a soothing and useful way, and it’s helping to keep the affects of arthritis at bay. I also believe that it is a stress reliever for her as well, and you can always tell when she doesn’t have a chance to sit with her coffee and her knitting in the morning because she gets a bit on edge.
    Your ILP seems very successful this far! Can’t wait to see what you create next.

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  3. This is great. I wonder if one would receive the same stress-reducing benefits from sewing or quilting as they do from knitting and crocheting? If so, that would explain why my mom was such an avid sewer/quilter when we were growing up. There were 8 of us kids (6 boys and then the youngest were twin girls) and I have to imagine that we stressed out my mom frequently, during the day (probably multiple times within an hour). It would just be something interesting to know.

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    1. Mr. Dorcey,
      I quickly did a google search and glanced over several articles that related sewing and quilting as a stress reliever. I don’t know if they are the same benefits from knitting and crocheting, but I’m sure there are several benefits. Wow! That’s a lot of kids! Thanks for the comment!

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