As always, weight loss, quitting smoking, and getting in shape, are always top the list of annual New Years resolutions. Another list maker is resolving to make time to learn something new, like knitting. So not only can learning to knit be fun, productive and a good way to meet new people, but it can have its health benefits.
My husband recently pointed out a medical study that concluded that a large percentage of knitters experienced a feeling of well being after knitting. Leave it to the medical profession to tell knitters something that we already knew. I hear it time and time again, how relaxing it is to take time out and knit.
Aside from relieving stress, knitting can also be stimulating for the mind. For more involved knitting, there is also a certain amount of reading, problem solving, and math involved, that I could only compare to working a crossword puzzle. It’s so nice to know that besides creating something useful and beautiful, knitting can also be good for your health.
This year, knitting and crochet hopefuls are in luck, since my resolution for a healthier New Year is to continue to add new classes to my schedule. Not only will there be beginner’s classes, but mini workshops geared towards easy to complete projects. There will also be classes that will explore other fiber and maybe not so fibery projects.
There will also more advanced technique workshops for those knitters looking for something more challenging, as well as some workshops to be taught by special guest instructors. Weavers can also look forward to some exciting new technique classes. Anyone interested is always welcome to stop in and see what new projects are on any of the shop looms.
Jan. 2 kicks off this New Year’s first Downtown Art Walk, which takes place the first Friday of every month, of which In Sheep’s Clothing participates. It’s the perfect time to see what projects are being offered, as well as checking out all the other studios and businesses that are taking part.
Once again the Western Connecticut Yarn Council is asking you to join us for our 2nd Annual Fiber, Friends and Fun Charity Knit-along, Sunday, Jan. 11, 12-4 pm. We will be knitting baby caps to be donated to local hospitals. Due to the overwhelming response last year, we are offering two locations for the event, First and Last Tavern in Avon, and Newtown Country Club.