Knitting 'is the new yoga - for guys'

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We don't need to tell you that it is not just women who like to sit down and create beautiful garments out of yarn - lots of our customers are men and celebrities like Ryan Gosling have been publicising the fact that it isn't a female-only activity.

However, it may be worthwhile for a different reason than simply the fact that it means an endless supply of warm sweaters. Some male knitters have pointed out that it has a restorative effect on their mental wellbeing.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Gerrard Allt revealed that the craft helped him to stop smoking by providing a distraction for the mind, as well as calming him down to the extent that he wasn't having cravings for stress-related reasons.

British knitwear designer Brandon Mably pointed out that men have in fact enjoyed a long allegiance with knitting - for example, they used to knit more than women in medieval times and just as much if they happened to be in the naval profession across the ages.

He also said he finds knitting relaxing and curative.

"The attraction isn't so much the act of knitting a scarf, it's the effect it has on you. The motion of the needles is like the ticking of a grandfather clock or counting out worry beads. It helps with stress - knitting is the new mediation or yoga," he remarked.

If you're a guy who is keen on trying out the craft for the first time, then you're in luck. We reported last October that Rowan Yarns had begun male-only knitting classes at the John Lewis store in London's Oxford Street, but you can actually pick up needles, patterns and colourful yarn to learn all over the country.

Take a look online and see if you could try out a new hobby - if not for the sake of creating clothing, then for your mental wellbeing.

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