The yarn harlot, that is. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee was in town all weekend doing knitting workshops and I was there for every minute.
Friday night she gave a talk on how knitting affects our brains. Knitting releases serotonin and dopamine. These make us feel good and can also help with pain management. Knitting also allows us to enter the Theta state of mind. REM sleep is a Theta state. Theta is also the border between the conscious and the subconscious world; you are in Theta just before falling asleep, and just after waking up. You enter Theta when meditating. It is the state of mind when you feel most creative. Knitting does all of this because it is a rhythmic, repetitive movement that can be very soothing.
Okay, I know I am not explaining this very well, but that’s why Stephanie was giving the talk and not me. Suffice it to say, knitting is good for your mental health. It can help with depression, it helps to ward off alzheimer’s disease, and can even help people with ADD. There really is no downside to knitting.
Saturday, Stephanie conducted a workshop on “knitting for speed and efficiency”, and Sunday was “liking lace”. These workshops ran from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closer to 4:30 on Sunday). Stephanie is a great teacher and she really knows her stuff. I’ll get into more details of each workshop in future posts. Right now, I am on brain overload.