Knitting with Patients and Family Members
Volunteers teach patients and family members to knit, individually or in a group, on various units throughout the hospital. Each participant receives a complimentary beginner’s kit, which includes yarn, needles, and a Knitting Resource Guide. Once basic skills are mastered, knitters select among several simple project kits, each of which includes materials and patterns. Project kits include hats, scarves, baby booties, fingerless gloves, and more.
Knitting with Caregivers and Other Hospital Staff
Monthly knitting groups, open to all levels of knitting experience, as well as Learn-to-Knit classes are available to nurses and hospital staff. Learn to Knit classes have been held for a variety of staff members and new graduate nurses at MGUH, Children’s National Medical Center, and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.
Learn-to-Knit classes and knitting sessions also are available to community groups. Currently, groups and classes meet at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, the Cancer Resource Center at Virginia Hospital Center, So Others Might Eat (SOME), and other sites. We have offered after-school programs for at-risk youth through The Alternative House in Vienna, Virginia; for adolescents with severe emotional disabilities at The John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Rockville, Maryland; and at Camp Friendship and Camp Fantastic, two summer camps for children/young adults with cancer.
For persons unable to attend a class, contact us to discuss a home visit.