Project Knitwell brings the joy of knitting and its therapeutic benefits to people facing stressful situations.
Operating in the metro Washington, DC area, Project Knitwell is a 501(c)(3) with ongoing programs for patients, family members, and staff at area hospitals including MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH), Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), and Virginia Hospital Center. We also conduct programs for adults and children at community and school sites. These have included: Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Borromeo Housing, Camp Sunshine, Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL), The John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA), and So Others Might Eat (SOME) among others. Project Knitwell volunteers provide knitting instruction and quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among those we serve.
Project Knitwell was founded in 2010 by Carol Caparosa, a DC-area mom, as a result of her experience with knitting as a tool for coping with stress when her daughter was a pediatric patient at MGUH many years before. See Carol’s story here.
Many who have participated in our programs have found that knitting can provide a respite from their 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.
Project Knitwell is a recognized leader in therapeutic knitting, has participated in research on the benefits of knitting for oncology nurses, has been featured in The Washington Post, Vogue Knitting Magazine, and other publications. In conjunction with Lion Brand Yarn Company, we published The Comfort of Knitting in 2015.