Knitting, crochet, weaving and other crafts have been taught in schools over the years. Waldorf schools still offer knitting as an important part of their curriculum. In the 1800s and early 1900s weaving was taught to youngsters who were regarded as retarded. These crafts have more value than just being able to knit your own mittens or weave your own scarf.
From the beginning, we explore with our hands. Linda Skolnik and Jancie MacDaniels say in their book, "The Knitting Way," that we pray with our hands when we knit. Our head, heart and hands join together to make order from the materials. The physical act of creating with crafts such as knitting or weaving has been shown to alter our state of being. There is scientific evidence that it connects the right and left sides of the brain. Even more there are claims that these types of crafts l can release oxytocin, the “cuddling” hormone.