Knitting 'is better than therapy'

Outdoor knitters get into Olympic spirit

The relaxation benefits of knitting are often discussed, but now a club in Canada are claiming that it's better than therapy.

Belfountain's Stitch and Bitch drop in knitting group have been meeting since last September and now have members ranging from 11 to 67, each of which enjoys the chance for socialising.

Founding member, Charlotte Deska, 63, even went as far to say: "It's cheaper than therapy," in an interview with the Caledon Enterprise.

"It was just an opportunity to get together and get out of the house and talk to somebody who really knows why I love knitting. It's nice to share it with somebody," she explained.

She explained that knitters have their own language, using terms such as swatch, gauge, cable, stitch, skein and cast on and the group can feel like a secret club.

Between five and ten people meet weekly to exchange tips, tricks and plenty of stories too.

The idea for the club came about after Ms Deska began teaching her friend Sam Shepherd how to knit.

Ms Shepherd soon picked it up and wanted the duo to share their knowledge with others in the community.

She told the publication: "I just kinda hoped that it would bring people from the community together and give people a place to do something interesting and different.

But rather than being any old knitting club, she said that it offered the chance to disconnect from the business of everyday life and reconnect with the basics.

Ms Shepherd said: "I actually get a lot out of it. It's pretty cool that all of these people that live really different lifestyles come together and then have a common goal.

"These people that would probably never spend time together normally have become good friends. They are being productive and making friends, which is pretty awesome."

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