You’ve been knitting with Project Knitwell volunteers and you miss them … and they miss you!
And during these stressful times, we need knitting now more than ever.
Project Knitwell volunteers invite you to join a private, one-on-one knitting session, via Zoom. It’s a new way to knit and learn.
Who is this for? Beginner knitters and those who already know how to knit but need help with a project.
How long are the sessions? 40 minutes.
What equipment do I need to participate? A smartphone or tablet (iPad, etc.) and the free Zoom app downloaded on the device you will use.
Do I need to get my own supplies? No — Project Knitwell will provide you with what you need.
Knitwell in the Cloud is an ongoing program with rolling registration. Please email email@example.com or call 703-249-9112 and mention that you heard about the program through Smith Center.
Project Knitwell offers knitting as a tool to promote wellness and help people cope with stressful situations at more than a dozen hospital and community settings.
All of Project Knitwell’s programming is provided by volunteers, and services and supplies are provided free of charge to the people we serve.
I have been knitting since childhood, learning when I received a knitting kit as a gift. Knitting allows me to combine color and texture, transforming long strings of yarn into aesthetically pleasing, functional items. I knit all manner of objects, but my favorites are wild colored socks and unusually shaped shawls.
Although finishing a knitted object is satisfying, it is secondary to the process of knitting. The rhythm of knitting is relaxing; it never fails to relieve stress. At the end of graduate school, I not only completed a degree, but also created a series of “dissertation sweaters.” Knitting also lets me take leave of myself. When I am knitting for someone else, which is often, I can virtually spend time with that person. Or, if I use yarn acquired in a special place, I am transported back in time and space. Add portability to these benefits—I can take it with me!
However, most of all, I enjoy sharing the art and craft of knitting with others. I am fortunate to have discovered Project Knitwell, an organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of knitting to people in stressful situations. I am doubly grateful to be part of the Schar ISC Artist in Residence program.