I picked up my entries from the San Diego County Fair today, so I thought I'd gather them all together for a group shot with their ribbons.
On the left is the red cabled hat with brim (1st place). The hat on the right is the one made from plastic bags made into PLARN (PLastic yARN) which came in 2nd place in the Recycled Wearable Art contest.
The two ribbons in the middle are for the afghan in the background (3rd place) and the crochet speed contest I entered (2nd place). I'm very pleased with my first attempt at entries in the Fair. The afghan and both hats are my own design, which made the wins even sweeter.
The repetitive actions needed for knitting and crochet can bring the mind and body to a state called a "relaxation response" that is quite similar to what people experience with techniques such as repetitive prayer, yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, and other relaxation disciplines. Research at the Harvard Medical School Mind/Body Institute has found that when an individual is crocheting (or knitting) his/her heart rate can drop 11 beats a minute and his/her blood pressure drops as well. These results can have significant health benefits for people who knit and crochet. Therefore, I am a man who crochets. I design my own crochet and sell patterns and finished projects.