Growing up as children, we all remember a grandmother or great-grandmother who would knit. Maybe they crocheted. It was a pastime that brought us lots of neat gifts – sweaters, hats, even amigurumi (stuffed animals or dolls). However, as time goes on, the yarn world has evolved. What used to be a crafting hobby, done solely by women, is now being picked up by men. Of course, some men don’t feel comfortable sharing their talent with the world.
That is untrue of one man, Louis Boria. He takes his love of yarn and creates amazing – and fashionable – designs. But what is it about this man that has been causing a stir on social media as of late? Here’s a little more about Louis Boria, the founder of Brooklyn Boy Knits, and how knitting can help you creatively.
Louis Boria – Man Who Knits
This young man was first discovered on his daily commute by a woman named Frenchie Davis.
She got to be a lucky witness to something we don’t see every day – a man who can knit. Boria spends two hours every day commuting back and forth for work. That’s a lot of time in one spot. It was then he decided to teach himself to knit. He went to the one place we all go to learn new crafts…YouTube. He was curious as to how he would go about learning and making projects.
Once he got the hang of knitting, he opened Brooklyn Boy Knits. Even today he works on a customer’s project while commuting. Louis Boria had this to say, “For the first time in 10 years, I have pending orders,” Louis told New York’s Daily News. “I’m a fast knitter, but I’ve been telling customers to give me a three- to four-week delivery time.”
One often wonders how they can learn how to knit. Can it really help relieve stress?
Relieve Stress While You Knit
Those who don’t do yarn work will tell you, “knitting is for grannies and mothers.” Unfortunately, this stigma keeps many from learning this craft. Women, and men for that fact, shouldn’t be afraid of learning to knit or crochet. You get a lot of satisfaction seeing a project form. But, did you know that doing these projects can help you relieve stress? Corkhill, a physiotherapist by training who’s now a personal well-being coach had this to say; “I realized I stumbled on something really important, something that could change the way we view long-term health problems; could change the way we view well-being.”
The rhythmic movements of knitting needles and crochet hooks can be hypnotizing. Moreover, stress is relieved through repetitive movements, paired with visual and emotional stimulation. If you’re still not convinced, here are a few ways knitting can help.
Say you have to commute long distances or visit someone in the hospital, knitting is a great way to pass the time. Keeping your hands busy when you feel like you can’t control a situation is a major stress reliever.
For those who suffer from anxiety, learning to knit is very beneficial. Part of the reason is that knitters have to place their arms in a protective manner in front of them to hold their project. If you feel an anxiety or panic attack starting, taking out your project can be the best thing to do. Corkhill goes on to state,“If you combine that instantaneous sense of calm with portability, then you’ve actually got a really powerful tool.”
You have chronic pain
Our brain sends out chemicals that tell us if we are happy, sad, or in pain. However, those who suffer chronic pain could benefit from knitting. When you learn to knit, your brain is sending out feel-good chemicals that can dull that pain. Some people who suffer from painful chronic illnesses say that this craft helps relieve pain.
Suffer from a lack of confidence? No need to fret, knitting can help boost your confidence level. How? When we achieve a certain level in knitting – beginner, intermediate, professional – we notice we become more confident in our skills. However, have you noticed this can reflect in yourself? “[Knitting] instills confidence, it reduces fear, it reduces worry,” Corkhill says. “It makes people feel worthwhile again.” Give knitting a try, maybe you’ll learn something about yourself you never knew before.
You Can Learn to Knit Too
Whether you’re a child or an adult, you too can learn to knit. You’re probably saying, “knitting is a grandmothers hobby.” Well, let’s just say that young people have been bringing it back. Since Louis Boria started Brooklyn Boy Knits, he has been teaching classes to a lot of people young and old. Here’s the video that recently went viral, as well as his business booming.
Boria has taught students how to knit. There are even classes being taught in prisons as a way to pass the time. If you’re autistic, learning to knit is especially helpful because it helps to keep your mind – and hands – organized.
Now the question is, where can you learn to knit? You could go to your local craft store, such as Joann’s, and join a class. Of course, if you don’t like to travel, go to YouTube. There you can find several channels that offer knitting tutorials. One channel, The Knit Crowd, is very popular. Run by a knitter named Mikey, you can learn to knit! He has several project tutorials that are easy to follow.
He mostly crochets but is learning to knit. From there he passes on his knowledge to his viewers. Here he is with a beautiful project for knitting an afghan.
Learn to Love Knitting
It doesn’t matter if you’re man or woman, knitting is fun. However, it is really cool seeing a young man bring about a revolution where men are taking on roles that have traditionally been done by women. Louis Boria’s designs are beautiful and he’s really helping men and boys become more confident in their skills. So, whether you’re a newbie or a pro, give this young man a shout out. If you’re new to knitting, maybe he can inspire you to find your love of yarn.