Friday, January 22, 2016

Might crafts such as knitting offer long-term health benefits?

Crafters have long recognized the therapeutic value of activities such as knitting and crocheting. (A 2013 survey of more than 3,500 knitters worldwide, for example, found that 81.5 percent of respondents rated themselves as feeling happier after knitting.)
But could crafts such as knitting offer more far-reaching, long-term health benefits?
Mind-stimulating activities such as these have been used by occupational therapists to alleviate symptoms of depression and to help improve motor functions in people with illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, says Sharon Gutman, an occupational therapist at Columbia University in New York.
In a 2007 review paper, Gutman and Victoria Schindler surveyed the scientific literature that analyzes the neurological basis for how hobbies and activities relate to health and well-being. They found that engaging in such activities as arts and crafts, music, meditation, home repairs and reading stimulates the mind, reduces the effects of stress-related diseases and slows cognitive decline.
But researchers are beginning to understand the neurological basis for why these activities are good for the mind.
In a 2012 study, Mayo Clinic professor of neurology and psychiatry Yonas Geda and colleagues studied the effects of activities including knitting, quilting and playing games in 1,321 seniors, nearly 200 of whom had mild cognitive impairment, an intermediate stage between normal aging and dementia. The researchers found that those who engaged in crafting, computer activities, playing games and reading books were 30 to 50 percent less likely to have mild cognitive impairment than those who did not.
Geda notes that activities such as crafting may help build up “cognitive reserves and the ability to buffer and withstand lots of assault by bad chemicals in the brain and bad proteins accumulating.” He points to animal studies showing that mice and rats living in enriched surroundings — such as with running wheels, toys and complex environments — are less likely than others to develop cognitive problems such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: The Washington Post

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Black and white is a classic color combination always trendy and helps for creating a fairly effortless wardrobe.

The crisp contrast of this classic combination is always in style, it’s classic, simple and very sexy and look good on every woman, no matter what is her hair colour or skin.

This season, black and white prints, checks, stripes and bold geometric designs have entchanted the catwalks.

This is my new design inspired by the gorgeous geometric black and whie piecew of the season.

Take a look at the fascinating knits in black and white and draw inspiration for your own creations:

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Yarn bombing

According to Wikipedia, yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.

The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide.
The start of this movement has been attributed to Magda Sayeg, 37, from Houston, who says she first got the idea in 2005 when she covered the door handle of her boutique with a custom-made cozy.


Dallas Winspear Opera House

Yarnbombing by Jessie Hemmons

 Paris yarn bombing 

Yarn bombing in Seattle 

Yarn bombing in Chicago. 

 Heart Yarn Bomb

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Poncho and capes, the perfect fashion trend for winter 2015-2016

Poncho and capes are the perfect fashion trend for winter 2015-2016.  They are ideal replacement for classic coast and jackets.
 Many designer brands offer comfortable designs made of high-quality and warm fabrics. We see delicate and embroidered capes and ponchos, from hooded to chic blanket styles.

 Get inspired by the beautiful ready-wear designs, such as from and knit your own version,

or choose a beautiful pattern to knit! Here are some gorgeous knitting patterns available:

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