Anyone who has ever sat down on the couch with their knitting project after a tough day at work will be able to attest to its therapeutic nature.
Unwinding with a ball of yarn and your needles helps you to relax and focus your brain on something practical and also creative, making it a great hobby for those in busy professions.
Speaking to ABC Illawara this week, Dr Terri Farrelly has a serious career as a research consultant on Aboriginal health issues.
However, after becoming quite consumed with her work she came to realise that she needed to find a way to calm herself down.
Dr Farrelly said: "I was starting to find I was quite stressed and knitting is something I'd taken up over the past eight years to relax and de-stress.
"I thought it might be an opportunity to have something as a sideline along the research stuff."
She now combines her interest in Aboriginal health with crafts and runs her own knitting shop in Thirroul.
Dr Farrelly and her team of hardworking volunteers have been making beanie hats and scarves to help Aboriginal communities by providing knitted goods which are very much needed.
She explained that while many people believe remote communities in the desert to be hot, as soon as night falls the temperature takes a nosedive too.
"We provide 100-per-cent-wool items so that people can be warm at night and the goods we give to the community groups are sold within the community themselves, and the proceeds go to projects they provide," Dr Farrelly added.
She said that their hard work has been especially successful as young people are increasingly taking up knitting as a form of artistic expression, and that many who buy the items like to purchase high-quality handmade items.