There are plenty of benefits of knitting. I’ve knitted for quite a while, but for a long time I never actually knitted stuff. I knitted a scarf once, but largely I’d just knit squares, then undo it all and start again. I just like to sit about knitting, it relaxes me.
I’ve seen quite a few articles over the last few years about the meditative nature of knitting which might explain it. I like straightforward, scientific type meditation like the Headspace app and totally understand how the repeated actions of knitting do the same thing to slow you down and chill you out. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy found that regular knitting can boost wellbeing and happiness and research from the University College London also suggested repetitive movements can distract the mind and boost mental health.
Most of the time, we tend to live a lot in our heads, thinking about what’s happened that day, what we have to do, or what’s on the screen in front of us. It’s takes effort to think about how our bodies feel unless it slaps us in the face, usually with something uncomfortable like hunger or pain. Slowing down to think about something other than what’s whirling about in your head is remarkably hard to do. Sitting down to knit two, purl two takes just the right amount of concentration to take my mind off it’s little hamster wheel of worry/anxiety/dread.
Plus, I recently managed to turn that practice into knitting an ACTUAL THING. A hat thing to be exact. A little rough around the edges, but it’s green, it’s warm, it’s awesome.