Jacquelyn Conard

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Why knitting and yoga are perfect bedfellows

Just under a decade ago, knitting got pretty exciting. Casting off its dowdy image, it became the hobby of choice for many, with East End pubs stuffed with pint-downing knitters churning out woolly grenades and craft groups such as Cast Off being chucked out of the Savoy for clicking their needles …

This is your brain on crafting

<b>(CNN) —</b> Her brother's sudden death in 2004 hit Sarah Huerta hard.<p>In the years that followed, Huerta couldn't leave the house without suffering a panic attack. She hated getting in cars since her brother's body was found in one. She couldn't seem to hold down a job. Every time she stepped outside …

Knitting and needlework: relaxing hobbies or seditious activities?

In the dark recesses of one of my many boxes of wool stash is a pattern book dating from the 1960s.<p>It contains instructions on how to knit anything from a baby's matinée jacket to a twin-set. The book is very much of its time; I am not in a hurry, for instance, to crochet the rainbow kaftan. …

Might crafts such as knitting offer long-term health benefits?

When I picked up knitting needles for the first time about two years ago, I couldn’t have imagined how vital the hobby would become to my well-being. Learning to knit was hard for me, but once I mastered it, the craft became addictive, in a good way: It calmed me and helped me to write and to deal …

A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life

Drive around the Shetland Islands in the far north of Scotland, and at least one thing is immediately apparent: It's home to a lot of sheep. They're everywhere — wandering along the roadsides and on beaches.<p>In fact, there are some 400,000 of them in Shetland, where the ovine inhabitants outnumber …

Purling In Anger: Arrest Breaks Up 'Knit-In' At Vermont Utility

A "knit-in" was broken up in South Burlington on Wednesday, after five women who are unhappy with a Vermont Gas pipeline plan occupied the utility's waiting room — and occupied themselves by knitting.<p>One woman was bound off by police, taken away in what Vermont Public Radio says were five squad …