The potential of giving and receiving a prayer shawl or blanket opens the doors of communication, reinforces relationships, and invites understanding and healing.
For the creator, crafts, such as knitting and crocheting, may help stave off a decline in brain function with age.
These activities are therapeutic and have been used to help clinically depressed people recover their happiness, help those with chronic pain redirect their focus, and reduce their awareness of pain.
Women with anorexia nervosa found that learning this craft led to significant improvements by lessening their fears as it kept them from ruminating about their problem. These are but a few examples of the benefits of knitting and crocheting.
These are tangible portrayals of love, concern, and comfort, which can be given freely to someone you don’t even know.
- A blanket to comfort and reassure a premature baby in the neo-natal intensive care unit.
- A prayer shawl lovingly constructed to comfort a grieving husband.
- A blanket knit to cover an ill friend.
- A soft and warm cap for someone undergoing chemotherapy
www.stitchlinks.com was established by Betsan Corkhill, a wellness coach in Bath, England, which explores the value of what she calls therapeutic knitting.