Project Knitwell is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that brings the joy of knitting to those facing stressful situations. Knitting can provide a respite from one’s immediate situation, serve as a way to productively pass the time, and have a positive effect on reducing stress symptoms. It is relatively easy to learn, requires no artistic talent or prior experience, is portable, and results in a useful product. Sometimes referred to as the “new yoga” — plain and simple — knitting is good for you.
Currently operating in the metro Washington, DC area with ongoing programs at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH), Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), Inova Alexandria Hospital, and Virginia Hospital Center plus workshops at HSC Pediatric Center (formerly Hospital for Sick Children) and The John L. Gildner Institute, volunteers provide knitting instruction and quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among patients, family members, and medical staff.