Leila Howell Cook's Articles (7)

"Knitting Saved My Life" ~MadMan Knitting

  In my knitting adventures I often come across people who have picked up needlecrafts in response to a stressful or traumatic event in their lives. Loss of a loved one, loss of a job, empty nest, post traumatic stress- the list could go on. Author, artist and knitter Gregory Patrick is one such person. I met Gregory online and his story is both interesting and compelling. He is a self-taught knitter whose command of the craft is precise and beautiful and his workmanship is of the highest…


Added by Leila Howell Cook on October 30, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

The Yarn Therapist Speaks- Four Simple Steps to a Healthier You!

 Living a healthier, more holistic lifestyle is a goal for most people. How to get started, however, is another issue. There are so many books, websites and programs all touting the ways to be healthier and happier. But really, wellness can begin by taking just a few small steps that will plant your feet on the path and impact your life in positive ways.

1. Take a multi vitamin everyday. Most of us do not get the recommended doses of viamins and minerals our bodies require from…


Added by Leila Howell Cook on August 31, 2011 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Yarn Therapy: Maximize your Breathing

Yarn Therapy: Maximize your Breathing (Yoga for Crafters)


 Belly breathing. Most adults do not realize that they spend the majority of their lives breathing incorrectly and this is the cause of many major health problems related to stress. It amazes people to find out that a simple thing such as breathing can truly affect their health in positive ways. But what is belly breathing and why is it important to practice during…


Added by Leila Howell Cook on August 20, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Rip it, Rip it: Life Lessons from Frogging

There is a term in the knitting and crochet world called "Frogging". Having absolutely nothing to do with actual frogs, it is a term that describes the frequently frustrating process of ripping out rows of stitches in order to fix a mistake in your work. It is a necessary evil for even the most experienced of crafters. And, although maddening, it is…


Added by Leila Howell Cook on August 13, 2011 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Art Healing in the h(OM)e ~ working with children

   As a mother of five children and an artist, I have had a somewhat unique opportunity to observe childhood behavior from a range of ages.  I have always believed in the healing power of art, but it wasn't until recently that I decided to explore the subject of art therapy in the home with my children. 

     Now, just as a disclaimer, I am not a licensed art therapist.  Therefore, everything I write about is purely from my own experience.  But there are basic behaviors and traits…


Added by Leila Howell Cook on August 9, 2011 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

Craftivism: Making a Difference in the World~ One Stitch at a Time

Craftivism: Making a Difference in the World~ One Stitch at a Time

KnitLit group, spring 2011 Haverstraw Middle School, Haverstraw, NY




Added by Leila Howell Cook on August 8, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Yarn Therapist - Prescribes --> Knitting Therapy

Everyone who knits or crochets has probably heard something about the therapeutic qualities needlecraft offers.  However, no one ever really stops to explain exactly what these qualities are.  After doing a bit of research I thought a blog post might help clarify the topic.  


     It is being reported now that stress may be responsible for up to 90% of medical conditions.  There are a lot of people who make a lot of money helping people cope with the stress…


Added by Leila Howell Cook on July 22, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

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