Research shows that knitting and other forms of textile crafting such as sewing, weaving, macrame-ing and crocheting have quite a lot in common with mindfulness and meditation — all are reported to have a positive impact on mind health and well-being. Interestingly, studies also found that people who crafted as part of a group were even happier than solo crafters. Knit-ins, stitch ‘n bitch groups, and even scrapbooking parties are ways to boost your mind and brain health.

Here are 10 ways crafting with friends may improve your mental well-being: