Take a Chance!

We’re raffling off two baskets on October 28 at the event we are co-hosting with author Ann Hood.

Each basket is chock full of goodies — including lots of books, yarn, knitting accessories, tea, spa and skin care products, chocolate, yoga classes, and other items that offer comfort.

Thanks to One More Page Books, Looped Yarn Works, Second Story Knits, Trade Roots, Rodan and Fields Representative Karla Conway, Ann Hood, and other donors for contributing!  Each basket valued at least $300 with more items being added daily!   All proceeds benefit Project Knitwell.   Need not be present to win.        Purchase Raffle Tickets Here!

Ann Hood is Coming! October 28

Project Knitwell and One More Page Books are pleased to host author Ann Hood on Saturday October 28 at 2 pm for a conversation about the comfort of knitting, reading, writing, and more.
Ann Hood is the author of The Knitting Circle, Knitting Yarns, Knitting Pearls, and many other fiction and non-fiction titles. She has written extensively about the comfort and inspiration that both knitting and books can provide. In Comfort, a Journey through Grief, a memoir about the sudden death of her five year old daughter Grace, Hood writes: “Knitting saved my life.”

She will read from her new release, Morningstar, and be available for a book signing.

The event will be held at 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101 , Arlington, VA – in the Westlee, one floor up from One More Page.

Free and open to the public! Knitting during the event encouraged!

More info and register here!

Two New Sites in February 2017

Project Knitwell is thrilled to announce two new knitting program sites this month.

We are piloting another school based program, working with special education students in Fairfax County, VA.

In addition, we will be piloting a program with Street Sense, knitting with vendors who sell Street Sense newspapers produced by and focused on the homeless population in Washington, D.C.  We are excited to work with vendors who expressed an interest in learning to knit, both for the therapeutic benefits as well as the practical benefit of producing warm accessories that they can use while out on the street selling papers!  

Project Knitwell at Fibernate Fiber Farmer’s Market

On March 25, Project Knitwell will be at Fibernate Fiber Farmer’s Market! Come join us to learn about Project Knitwell, check out our knitting publications and pick up a Matt’s Socks Kit.

About the event: Join Fibernate with over a dozen vendors for an afternoon of fiber love!  Our market includes vendors and fiber producers you already know and love, and highlights some new faces to our market, all offering our local best in fiber, yarn and fiber arts supplies. Admission is free, and open to the public!

Project Knitwell at Vogue Knitting Live

Project Knitwell is co-sponsoring a panel at Vogue Knitting Live on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  “The Wellness Connection,” co-sponsored with The Craft Yarn Council and Lasch Media, will take place from 2-3pm in the Manhattan Ballroom on the 8th Floor of the Marriott Marquis. 

The panel will focus on the growing body of research being conducted on the therapeutic benefits of knitting and crochet.  We are looking for people to join in a dialogue about the research and learn more about how others are using yarn crafting as a therapeutic tool.  The objective is to make knitting and crochet an accepted and regular part of health and wellness, just as exercise and yoga are.

We hope to see you at Vogue Knitting Live again this year!

7 Health Reasons to Take Up Knitting

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Photo courtesy of US News and World Report

Following our successful event with author, coach and physiotherapist Betsan Corkhill in October, Anna Medaris Miller contacted Project Knitwell Executive Director Michelle Maynard about the therapeutic benefits of knitting.

The science is starting to catch up with what crafters already know – Michelle Maynard

Anna wrote 7 Health Reasons to Take Up Knitting which appeared in US News and World Report. Read the article and learn how the simple act of knitting can improve your health.

Stitch it Forward – a fun(d)raiser!

stitch-it-forward-1Thank you to Danielle, of fibre space, for hosting Stitch it Forward – An Event Benefiting Project Knitwell on Sunday.

Participants gathered at the store to share the joy of knitting with friends while enjoying refreshments and lively conversation. On top of that, over $1000 was raised for Project Knitwell!

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Special thanks to expert instructors Dee O’Keefe and Tanis Grey who taught new knitters the basics.

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Congratulations to Marie and Paula! They each won a “relaxation basket” containing yarns donated from Miss Babs, Lux Adorna, Neighborhood Fibre Co., Brooklyn Tweed Co. and Freia, as well as gift certificates donated by local Alexandria businesses Salon de Zen and Killer E.S.P.

If you missed this fun class, keep your eyes open for future fundraisers. Follow Project Knitwell on facebook to get the most current news.