Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Book Review~~ Knit For Health and Wellness by Betsan Corkhill

I am a lover of all podcasts when it comes to knitting and cross stitch  (my two favorite loves). I could sit for hours and listen to people who are basically all over the world sharing their thoughts and WIPs and FO and oh, don't let me forget STASH enhancements.

Kristy Glass has a great You Tube channel and she is one. top. notch. interviewer. I think she deserves many more subscribing to her channel.

You can find Kristy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChz_jz50dnm5IlYn6GQHAqg here if you click on the link.

She is very smart and creative with interviews including needleshop owners, designers, and authors.
She brings good info to the knitting world.

At the beginning of May she started a book club for the book by Betsan Corkhill called Knit for Health and Wellness. Kristy said May was mental health month awareness and this book was a must-read to explain how crafting improves our brain and our health.

She interviewed the author here:

My take on the book is that it's an excellent read. I love the large print used in the book for my eyesight. It's definitely filled with well developed content about how knitting really effects our mental health.

I found the book material to come at a perfect time as I am in physical therapy/rehab for major shoulder surgery back in April. I have had chronic pain ever since, some days are intolerable.

I have been knitting as my arm will allow me but there is power for use of knitting in pain management.
She talks about how our choices of yarn, projects, patterns, etc all are enabling us to have good mental health.

I would suggest getting this book on Amazon if possible. I got the paperback version so I can make notes in it. I like the questions at the end of the chapter which stimulate deeper thinking about knitting and wellness in our every day life.

I just thought I would share this information today as I review the book again.

If you subscribe to Kristy Glass's channel let her know I sent you!!!!  She really is the sweetest and smartest.

She just put up a video on another book recommendation for this month called The Yarn Whisperer.
I haven't gotten this one yet but will. She has a video on this book as well.

I hope you are having a good start to your Tuesday.



  1. I'm sorry you're in so much pain. It's frustrating when you hurt like this after surgery; that's supposed to help you feel better! The book sounds fascinating, but I do have a question - since I'm not a knitter, do you think the points made apply to other needle crafts as well? I'd like to think there are applications that would apply to the mainly cross stitcher that I am. What do you think? Is it worth my investment? Thanks!

  2. Yep unfortunately I have come to understand that this particular surgery is just the beginning. Even my surgeon told me that recovery is months out, depending on particular person but the shoulder joint is the most complicated and painful joint in our body. Surgery doesn't fix it fast. It's actually the hard work in rehab afterward. And many times it fails.
    The book is great! Being a cross stitcher as well myself and love of both fiber arts I think the points apply to any needle craft. The book is simple to read, actually large print and to me it's worth the read but of course she is a physical therapist years ago finding the benefits of knitting in particular but also created Stitchlinks which I will mention in a post. On the Stitchlink site there is a pdf article that applies to cross stitching as well.
    Is it worth your investment? I personally think it is because I like anything to read that improves health or fiber arts but I can't answer for everyone. If you go to the Stitch link.com site you can get a good bit of information there with the cross stitching reference and also go to amazon and click on the book and read a preview. For myself I love both crafts and there are similarities to me. So go to http://www.stitchlinks.com/pdfsNewSite/quotes/QUOTES%20IV%20-%20About%20cross%20stitching.pdf

    I hope this helps! Have a great weekend!


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