British athlete and gold medalist diver Tom Daley knitting his way through the Tokyo Olympics is the most wholesome thing you will see on the Internet today. ICYMI, over the past few days, Tom has been spotted in the bleachers at Olympic events knitting up a storm. Here are some instances below.
So what's going on whit Tom's knitting habit? Well, apart from bringing a smile to our faces, the athlete has two very valid reasons to knit. Tom said on Instagram that knitting has become his way of "finding calm, mindfulness and (it) relieves stress." He even has a separate knitting account, @madewithlovebytomdaley, where he posts his creations — including doggie jumpers, cat couches and matching crochet sweaters for him and his husband Dustin Lance Black — many of which he sells to raise money for a brain tumour charity.[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/CR0ciqMIOIJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
"One thing that has kept me sane throughout this whole process is my love for knitting and crochet and all things stitching," Tom said in a video this week, showing off a knitted pouch he made to hold his new gold medal. See some of his awesome creations below.[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/CSDVV6TFVcS/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram] [instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ3sNGRFPPQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram] [instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/CQJg8QYF34q/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
While Tom's story is guaranteed to warm your heart, it also provides a therapeutic cue for those dealing with anxiety and/or stress. Recent research shows that knitting has a measurable effect on calming anxiety and relieving stress. In one international survey, a strong connection was revealed between knitting and feelings of calm and happiness. So what are you waiting for, take a page out of grandma’s book, keep calm and knit on!