March 31, 2019

Craft Yarn Council shares research on the intersection between yarn and self-care

Contact: Sarah Guenther

Craft Yarn Council shares research on the intersection between yarn and self-care 

Carrollton, TX (March 28, 2019) - Look on any news or culture website and you’re bound to find at least one article related to self-care. It’s a practice that’s become increasingly relevant in today’s media-saturated world.  

During the months of February and March, the Craft Yarn Council collected data about how yarn crafters incorporate self-care into their lives. Some of the questions asked include “Do you think self-care is important?”, “Do you ever feel guilty for taking time just for yourself?” and “How often do you engage in self-care activities?”

The survey garnered 2,898 responses. Ninety-seven percent of those who took the survey said that self-care is important and 47 percent said they wish they could take more time to slow down and take care of themselves. Fifty-nine percent said they feel guilty for taking time just for themselves. 

“We are excited by this year’s results and the number of people who took the survey,” said Jenny Bessonette, CYC’s executive director. “Our research shows that yarn crafts play a significant role in peoples’ lives and that they are a great way to practice self-care.”

Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they engage in self-care activities daily. Ninety-seven percent of participants also said that fiber crafts help them slow down and knitting and crochet was the top self-care activity respondents participate in, coming in at 94 percent. 

The results of the survey will be shared on the council’s social media pages throughout the month of April. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to learn about the positive health benefits of yarn crafts and how you can get involved! Snap a photo of your lemon stress ball or pillow, share how you practice self-care and don’t forget to use #StitchAwayStress.


The Craft Yarn Council (CYC) represents the leading yarn companies, accessory manufacturers, magazine, book publishers, and consultants in the yarn industry. For more than 35 years the Council has sponsored a wide range of promotional and educational programs, including its highly acclaimed Certified Instructors Program, Discover Knit and Crochet classes, and its popular I Love YARN Day event (the second Saturday in October), which offers a virtual meeting place for the nation's knitters and crocheters.