In the nineteenth century, knitting was prescribed to women as a cure for nervousness and hysteria. Many new knitters find this sort of hard to believe because, until you get good at it, knitting seems to cause those ailments.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (via mishuheath)
once you get used to it, though, repetitive motion is really good for anxiety, so that’s one bit of 19th century medicine that wasn’t wrong. :)