Knit Chemo Caps and Knockers at VHC

Join Project Knitwell during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), and to learn to knit a chemo cap or a knocker (prosthesis)  Both new and experienced knitters are invited to participate and experience the wellness benefits of knitting.  Supplies provided.  There is a two-session class:  10/10/17 and 10/24/17.  
Register online : Cancer Resource Center at Virginia Hospital Center  or call 703.558.0909.

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!  

Two New Project Knitwell Programs

In December 2015, Project Knitwell began two new programs in community settings, and is now working with low-income seniors at So Others Might Eat (SOME) and with emotionally challenged youth at Mount Vernon High School.    In early 2016, It deepened its reach at existing locations, bringing on additional volunteers at Children’s National Medical Center and Medstar Georgetown University Hospital Center.    In spring 2016, it will pilot a program with family members residing at Ronald McDonald House-DC.

New PK Program at Borromeo Housing

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With support from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington DC (RMHC), two Arlington-based non-profits are joining forces to support young single mothers and their children.

Project Knitwell and Borromeo Housing Inc. (BHI) announced that beginning in March, Project Knitwell will provide knitting instruction and quality supplies to teen moms residing at BHI in an effort to promote wellness, comfort, and community.

Click the link to view the press release.

Project Knitwell Partners with the Smith Center

We are excited to partner with the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC to offer knitting this fall. The Smith Center is a nationally recognized leader in promoting the use of art and creativity as part of the process of healing and as a way to engender well-being, particularly for those affected by cancer. For more information or to register: http://www.smithcenter.org/programs-retreats/programs-by-…

 

Knitting Classes at HSC

Project Knitwell held knitting classes for parents and other family members at HSC (formerly the Hospital for Sick Children) in Northeast D.C. in August 2014.  At the invitation of the Child Life Specialist and the Chaplain, Project Knitwell provided volunteers and supplies for family members of very long-term pediatric patients in an effort to offer them some community time and a respite from caring for and worrying about their children.  Instruction in Spanish was offered for those who requested it.

New Programs at Virginia Hospital Center

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In 2013, Project Knitwell began offering new programs at Virginia Hospital Center, including knitting classes and a monthly drop in knitting group at the Cancer Resource Center.  Both are open to cancer patients, their care givers and/or family members, and oncology staff.   Project Knitwell has also begun work with women on bedrest awaiting the birth of their children at the hospital.