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The Yarnfulness Project is a science engagement and research project on the effect of creative activities on mental health and well-being. As crocheters and knitters, we heard many times that crafting helps people relax and makes them feel calm and happy – and as researchers, we wanted to know whether there was evidence to support this. The Yarnfulness Project is collecting public input into potential research questions on this topic ahead of a series of research projects on the possible benefits of crafting.

We invite you to join us for a Knit-In at the Pitt Rivers Museum on Saturday 23 June, where we will chat about how we could use scientific methods to answer questions about the intersection between creative activities and mental health. Please feel free to bring your own project, although some materials and patterns will be available on the day.

You can follow the project online at