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Knitting for your well-being

By UCOL on Tuesday, 20 September 2016


​A new club at UCOL aims to bring together students and staff through the joy of knitting.

With no requirements to join, the UCOL Knitting Club starts up Wednesday this week – running during lunchtimes on the Palmerston North campus

Mary Prichard, UCOL Senior Advisor for Wellbeing Services says the club is open to beginners and experienced knitters alike. “Knitting is a great way to improve your overall wellbeing. It’s hands-on and therapeutic, a great conversation starter and rewarding to see the finished product.”

“People can just come down to the Atrium any day of the week during lunchtime and they’ll find a basket with all the supplies they need.”

Knitting can be traced as far back as the 11th century and has evolved into a popular craft that attracts people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Not just for grandmas anymore, knitting has undergone a modern day resurrection with active knitting groups all across New Zealand including the Haumoana Mens Knitting Club in the Hawke’s Bay.

For some, knitting serves as a form of therapy to help quit bad habits or heal from a traumatic experience. 

Studies have shown that the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga. 

Knitting also provides individuals a life-skill as well as a creative outlet that results in tangible, useful products such as scarves, socks, blankets, and beanies. 

“Crafting on campus is an easy and fun way for our community to de-stress,” says Ms Prichard. “As much as possible, we want to provide students and staff a sacred space during the week to take a break from the pressures of life.”

“The Knitting Club is just the beginning for UCOL. A walk-the-talk lunchtime walking group and self-defence workshops for women are new initiatives also underway.”

UCOL’s Knitting Club kicks-off this Wednesday 21 September, 12pm- 1pm at the Atrium. Anyone interested in knitting is welcome on campus to join in and give it a go. Supplies are provided or individuals are able to bring their own gear. UCOL is gratefully accepting any donations of knitting needles or wool.