Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Knitting Delays Dementia

Well I always knew it was good for you but I didn't realise just how much!

Neuroscientists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, US, have been studying the benefits of crafts in reducing memory loss. In case you ever needed proof that knitting is good for you, here’s the story.

Nearly 200 people between 70 and 89 took part in the study. The results showed that regularly taking part in craft activities such as knitting or patchwork can reduce memory loss by 40%.

It appears that watching hours of television increases the risk of memory loss, so to make the most of knitting’s essential benefits, switch off the telly and stick with the knitting.

The UK’s Alzheimer’s Society has come to similar conclusions, and believes that certain activities, including knitting, can enable the brain to develop reserve brain connections that can delay dementia.

Well now you can justify all that stuff you buy. No need for excuses, you have a valid reason. "Oh no pet, I'm not wasting money, I'm staving off demenentia"!

I got this information from Coats Craft website. There are some great free knitting, crochet, cross stitch and sewing patterns there.

Another good site I found lots of good stuff on was
All About You. It has some really good free knitting patterns in the craft section.

I especially liked this little girl's cardi. I can see I'll be knitting it for Lauren. There's a long sleeved
version too.