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Hello Idaho: Finding peace with knitting [Video]

BOISE, Idaho — For this week's Hello Idaho, we're working with our hands. More and more science is showing that activities, like knitting and crocheting, have big benefits for your physical and mental health.

"My mom taught me," Oreesha Pringles said.

Pringles' love for knitting started early in life and the hobby came and went until recently.

"It's very therapeutic for me," Pringles said.

A two-time breast cancer survivor, Pringles picked up knitting intentionally this time during infusion days. It became a meditative experience.

"Four months after I finished my treatment my husband passed away suddenly," Pringles said.

Pringles, who suffers from clinical depression, found that in some of life's toughest moments, knitting is what soothed her.

"I'm like, 'Wow, that lowered my heart rate.' So that was good. And I told my therapist, I told her what had happened, and she said, 'Oh, we want to keep doing that,'" Pringles said.

"Your brain is producing dopamine and serotonin when you do these activities," …

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