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CHROMOTHERAPY: HOW DOES YARN AFFECT YOUR MOOD?

As we always say to beginners, in knitting, 99% of the answers to questions are "it depends." "Are metal needles better than bamboo ones?" "It depends." "Do you prefer cotton or wool?" "It depends." Every craft material has its own pros and cons.


Today, we're going to talk about the colors in our crafting. After a stressful day, trust us, you won't want to grab that super electric neon sweater with loads of charts to read, which your Instagram feed made you buy the pattern for. Unless you're really into frogging it the next day. Instead, try something more relaxing that will calm your eyes, mind, and spirit.


Warm colors like red, pink, orange, and yellow tend to be a little exciting and overstimulating. Why not use them for afternoons outside with the kids or even for a lazy day under the blankets when you want to stay awake during the entire movie session with your loved one?


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On the other hand, pastels and cool colors like green, purple, blue, grays, and neutrals have the power to relax your mind, bring your feelings together, and give you some serenity after a crazy time in traffic or a load of unnecessary meetings at work.


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When you're feeling awake and ready to try something new or adventurous, why not pick that hand-dyed yarn that may pool or self-stripe? We don't know for sure, but it will definitely be a fun and exciting journey!


It's important to say that each individual has their own associations and color preferences, influenced by personal and cultural experiences. The most important thing is to choose colors that bring you joy and satisfaction when knitting.



Mindfulness: The Power of Knitting

Regardless of the color of the chosen yarn, the act of knitting itself can also have a positive effect on mood. The activity is often considered relaxing and therapeutic, allowing the person to focus on the present, relieve stress, and enjoy a moment of creative tranquility.


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Enjoy your time!

Speaking for myself, Tamy, what works a lot for me is brioche knitting in the round with bulky yarn. I know that some of you are thinking I'm insane. "Brioche?! Really?" But the touch of the bulky yarn in my hands and the rhythm in this kind of pattern feels just like meditation—a mantra of "knit, slip, knit, slip, knit, slip."


This pace always brings my mind back together a little bit. For these "dates with myself," I always prefer sober colors like petrol blue, burgundy, or a beautiful mustard shade.


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