A Life Tangled in Yarns – Leisure Knitting for Well-Being

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Barbro Sjöberg, Mia Porko-Hudd
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Techne Series: Research in Sloyd Education and Craft Science A
Volume number: 29
Issue number: 2
Start page: 49
End page: 66


Abstract

The main aim of this study is to discuss how craft, and especially yarn
techniques, as knitting and crocheting, can provide a meaningful leisure
activity, enhance mental well-being and help to untangle demanding
situations in life. The theoretical frame for the study is built around
craft as a cultural phenomenon in society and education. The
starting-point is in literature and research ranging from historical
craft skills and industrial manufacturing to learning craft skills, and
crafts as a leisure activity for well-being. The empirical data was
gathered during a local event in connection to a World Wide Knit in
Public Day. The research questions deal with reasons for having knitting
and crocheting as a leisure activity, contexts for learning of yarn
techniques, and views on mediating yarn technique skills to others, as
well as the role of social contexts for crafting as a leisure activity.
Research results indicate that reasons for engaging in a crafting
activity vary from social affinity to meditative solitude and from
creativity and aesthetic experience to a lifeline in personal crises. As
a leisure activity craft can be a counterbalance to a stressful job,
hectic lifestyle or other demanding situations in life. Even though
knitting as a craft is a solitary act, many knitters still enjoy each
other’s company. The social events that are arranged around the
activity, e.g. courses, knitting cafés, knitting camps and events like
World Wide Knit in Public Day, fill an important social role in today’s
society and for the individual well-being for the participants of the
events.


Keywords

craft, Craft making, Craft science, informal learning, learning, leisure time life, textile and technical craft, well-being

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