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This is a photo from the street in Hoi An. The yellow painted low houses are typical there, as well as bamboos in the large pot. The view of the woman sitting and knitting (and having mobile close) reminded me the time when I also used to knit. I made this way many thing for the whole family but it was in prehistory when there was no Internet and cheap memory cards.
But what I read in Fotopedia:

Studies have shown that knitting, along with other forms of needlework, provide several significant health benefits. These studies have found the rhythmic and repetitive action of knitting can “help prevent and manage stress, pain and depression, which in turn strengthens the body’s immune system”, as well as create a relaxation response in the body which can decrease blood pressure, heart rate, help prevent illness, and have a calming effect. Pain specialists have also found that the brain chemistry is changed when one knits, resulting in an increase in "feel good" hormones (i.e. serotonin and dopamine), and a decrease in stress hormones.
Knitting, along with other leisure activities has been linked to reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Much like physical activity strengthens the body, mental exercise makes the human brain more resilient.

Usually knitting is the women's job but not everywhere. In an island of Taquile in Titicaca lake men are moving around and knitting and women make yarn.

Come on guys, let's knit!!

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4942 W: 81 N: 12444] (73183)
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