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In Stitches: Laughter, Healing, and Knitting

“I did this scene in Lars and the Real Girl where I was in a room full of old ladies who were knitting, and it was an all-day scene, so they showed me how.It was one of the most relaxing days of my life.”                                                    --Ryan Gosling
      From delaying or preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, easing depression, reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, raising self-esteem, honing motor skills, to helping people with OCD channel some of their obsessive behavior, numerous studies have linked knitting to health benefits.There is also a slew of anecdotal evidence from knitters themselves related to how knitting has played a key role in overcoming personal loss and how belonging to a knitting group is invaluable to easing loneliness and preventing isolation.My experiences, too, confirm those conclusions.
For several years I have attended a Tuesday night knitting group at my local yarn shop.Despite different backgrounds and stages of life, we a…

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