Lion Brand Yarn posted a piece about Crochet as Meditation on their blog. It was an interesting article and gave tips about how to purposefully approach crochet as meditation.
I’ve always thought crochet was meditative. It helps me sleep. I think it tends to lower my blood pressure. If I’m all wound up about something, picking up a simple crochet (like a traditional granny square) is very calming. I revisited crochet seriously in 2010 when I had an illness that started with a 10 day hospital stay followed by a year and a half of therapy. Some of the therapy was painful but crocheting through it made it seem not so bad.
While many people talked about the aspect of the crochet enhancing focus, I like to use it to turn my focus elsewhere. I concentrate on the crochet and focus on the rhythm of the hook looping and turning and the feel of the yarn pulling through my other hand. I’m not sure I could use it to increase focus on an external source like a class or someone speaking, but I suppose everyone is different!
For knitters, I would think it could be the same thing, though I have only found knitting to increase my angst and had to run and crochet something to calm down. But that’s just me!
Do you look at crochet as a calming, meditative activity? Are there certain things you like to crochet when you want to use it in this way?