There are many good reasons to start crocheting as a hobby. It is one of the healthier and more productive pastimes as it can be used to improve a variety of skills, including your hand-eye coordination, creativity, logic, mathematics and patience. Crocheting has been proven to help with insomnia,stress, anxiety, and depression. This is true for knitting as well. Needle-crafts improve your overall health by significantly reducing your stress level and lowering your blood pressure. They also improve circulation to your hands and keep you limber. Using both of your hands in different ways simultaneously stimulates both of your brain hemispheres, thus giving your brain a workout not many other activities do. Crocheting can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's by 30–50%. Not only this, but crochet is also often used in places like schools, hospitals and nursing homes as a way for overactive kids and those with mental health difficulties to focus and relax.
There's a non-profit company called “Knots of Love”, who has donated over 339,399 hats to those who are going through chemo. They also donate blankets to provide warmth for babies born prematurely.
As a culture, we watch way too much T.V. While relaxing, this is usually a complete waste of time unless you are watching something educational or it is quality family time when everyone is too tired to do anything else. If you are a crocheter, though, there is no more wasted time. Projects can be completed in front of the T.V. Which can create a sense of accomplishment every time.
While crochet has proven to have healthy benefits, injuries do occur. Health professionals even have a medical code to note when a crochet injury has occurred: CODE Y93D1. In a study about brain-penetrating wounds, crochet hooks are mentioned as a risk factor. Indeed, in 1876 a two-and-a-half-year-old somehow got a crochet hook lodged in her head. While it was pulled out with no bleeding, she subsequently died from the hook penetrating her brain. After drinking and spending the night with an ex-girlfriend, a man woke up with a crochet needle stuck up his urethra. He said he did not know how it got there. Doctors at the hospital X-rayed the man and then removed the crochet hook