Win a $500 WAK voucher! #stressawarenessmonth


Stress. It’s something we’ve all experienced at one time or another, and we all know how much it can greatly impact our overall quality of life. The negative symptoms of stress are felt both physically and mentally, and in many cases can create “loop”, where the stress a person is already feeling contributes to their continued (and growing) stress. This means that it is essential to know the best way to break the cycle before it becomes unmanageable. Stress may be an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t control it.

Thats why this month we’re encouraging relaxation through knitting, and want hear about why you love to knit. Send us a 10-second video explaining why you love knitting to be entered in a drawing for a $500 WAK gift card.

All submissions and questions can be sent to [email protected] as either an attachment or a link to your original YouTube video by May 9th for your chance to win.

Then you can buy everything you need to knit that stress away! 😉

Knitting has been shown in a number of studies to have a positive impact on the overall mental health of the knitter (and of course, physical health). According to Dr. Herbert Benson, author of “The Relaxation Response”, the repetitive motion of knitting can result in a relaxed state, similar to that associated with meditation and yoga. This means it can be a great healthy and productive way to de-stress and unwind from daily life.

April is known in the US as National Stress Awareness Month, which is the manifestation of a campaign to help people recognize and combat the signs of stress in a manner that is healthy and productive. How to deal with stress varies from person to person, but in our opinion, knitting may be one of the best ways to take your stress level down several notches – and science agrees, with a number of studies citing the positive physical and mental “side effects” of knitting.

So what are you waiting for? Get knitting, relaxing and videoing – we can’t wait to see your favorite reasons for picking up your needles (or hook).

Questions? Leave us a comment or write to us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

  1. I have struggled to remain positive and content over the last three years due to failed back surgery which has left me in chronic pain. I have found knitting to give great psychological relief. No only is the repetitive movement meditative but it sets the participants up for small victories, a very needed feeling when one is feeling overwhelmed for whatever the reason. Also, knitting a small gift for an attentive friend says thank you like nothing else. I recommend knitting to men, women, and children of all ages and in all situations.

    1. we are really glad to hear that knitting has helped you through tough times. good luck with everything in the future 🙂

  2. I learned to knit because I have a new baby granddaughter. There’s a lot of satisfaction knitting for baby. First of all you can complete a project in a relatively short period of time because it’s usually very small. And the cost of wool or yarn for a small sized project is manageable. Best of all, the love that comes bubbling out of me for the baby is translated into something very special for her that I made myself.

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