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Cast On, Stress Off: Relaxation Through Knitting

Do you know how to knit?  Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit?  If the answer is yes to either of the two questions, you are in luck because you can knit here on campus on Thursdays in the LSC. 

Do you want to know a fun fact about knitting?  It has been proven that knitting can promote wellness and reduce stress.  Since knitting relieves stress, it is something that would be beneficial to many of the students here on campus because we live such crazy, hectic lives.  Through the event Cast On, Stress Off: Relaxation Through Knitting students will have the ability to relieve their stress while learning how to knit. 

This group which meets weekly at noon on Thursdays, is funded by a co-curricular mini-grant in hopes to help students, faculty, and staff personally understand the benefits of knitting in their own lives.  Cheryl Murphy who is one our wonderful nurses on campus runs this group and is assisted by Elizabeth Fuller who is the Director of Campus Conference. 

This group is open to everyone, whether you know how to knit or not.  Supplies are given to everyone who attends and you are taught the basics right away.  You are even given handouts with images of the basic stitches and also handouts which explain the benefits of knitting.  The whole purpose of this mini-grant is to promote wellness and reduce the stress that we encounter in our everyday lives.  Participants are taught how to knit a scarf and once they are finished, they then have the option of giving this scarf to someone on campus to also promote kindness or to keep the scarf for themselves.

Knitting is something that is often looked past.  It is amazing to learn that we have the ability to reduce our stress by picking up some knitting needles and a ball of yarn.  When asking Cheryl about knitting she said, “Knitting is completely a win-win situation.  It allows people the chance to take a quick moment for themselves, while being productive at the same time.  It also promotes collaboration amongst staff, faculty and students, because all are welcome.  My favorite part of it all is when I see one of our participants generously donate their hard work to another member of the Regis Community.”  As person who regularly knits, Cheryl has been able to experience the benefits of knitting in her own life and wants to share that with the Regis community.

If you are interested in participating please email Cheryl at because supplies are limited. Don’t miss out on this awesome event!




Bridget Colburn

Bridget Colburn

Hey there! My name is Bridget and I am from Walpole, MA. I am a Diagnostic Medical Sonography major and I am the photographer for Regis Life. Regis College class of 2020.