I know that the answer is: OF COURSE! But, it was fun to have my hunch reinforced through science.
You’ll hear about examples of therapeutic applications of knitting to control pain and improve well-being. It can be rhythmic and calming. The action of knitting and the end result of something you can use provides rewards to the brain.
I often find it hard to sit still in a conference or workshop and if I bring along a simple knitting project, I can work on that and pay even better attention to the proceedings than I could without the knitting project.
The knitting segment at the link above is part of a collection of stories broadcast on To the Best of our Knowledge on December 6th, 2015 called Handwork.
I’m sure there are many other activities using the hands that can provide the same benefits, but I have to say, knitting is my personal favorite!