Lots of students at Goldsmiths have said that they believe knitting is beneficial for their mental health, as it can reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.
The Happy Calm Knitting Society encourages students to knit, relax and make new friends. They provide a stress-free space where students can enjoy the creative process by drinking tea and listening to soothing music. One knitter says she finds the class calming and therapeutic. She uses knitting as a coping mechanism to deal with stress at university.
The president of the society, Matilda Greenwood, has been a Happy Calm Knitter for the past two years, and has now decided to take charge of the group in her final year of study. She wants more young people to take up knitting, and believes the society is a safe space for students to learn and enjoy a new skill. Greenwood also explained “it’s a different thing to do in the week that isn’t all about university.”
All levels are welcome, ranging from complete beginners to one student crocheting a collection of cacti. The society meets every Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm, and you can keep up to date with them by clicking on the link below. You can enjoy free knitting advice, tea and biscuits; as long as you bring your own mug!