KNIT-A-LONG with Project Knitwell

Join us for Project Knitwell’s first ever KNIT-A-LONG  (KAL)! Join the Sock Knitting Wave!
Starting July 26 and continuing through Labor Day we’ll be knitting “Matt’s Socks” to raise awareness of knitting as a way to cope with stressful situations and to promote wellness. Summer is a perfect time for sock knitting – especially if the pattern is a lovely, soothing “wave” motif in a gorgeous blue yarn!
Details on the KAL  or contact info@knitwell.org.

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.