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.

Stitch it Forward – An Event Benefiting Project Knitwell

Knitters – share the joy of knitting with a friend at fibre space on October 9, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

$60 registration is for 2 tickets – one new knitter and one experienced. All registration fees go to Project Knitwell. Click here for all the details.

During the class, you’ll both enjoy refreshments and a 20% shopping spree, along with a nice gift from fibre space!

Can’t be there on the 9th?  Take a chance to win one of two fabulous “relaxation” baskets filled with goodies for knitters and non-knitters.

2014-yarn-yoga-basketThe baskets will include yarns from Miss Babs,  Lux Adorna (cashmere), Neighborhood Fiber Co., Freia and Brooklyn Tweed, knitting books and accessories, tea, gift certificates, salon items from Salon de Zen, and more. (Basket pictured here was from a previous fundraiser.)

Tickets are $10 EACH OR 3/$20.  You can purchase tickets via Paypal and send an email to info@knitwell.org to let us know how many tickets you bought. Raffle ticket sales close at noon on October 9. The drawing will take place during the Stitch it Forward event.

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Meet Betsan Corkhill!

corkhillProject Knitwell and Medstar Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program are sponsoring an evening with Betsan Corkhill, Personal Wellbeing Coach and physiotherapist. Betsan wrote Knit for Health and Wellness and founded Stitchlinks, a global support network for people who enjoy the therapeutic benefits of crafts.

Monday, October 17, 2016
5:00 – 6:00 pm
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

Join us as Betsan Corkhill reveals how the power of knitting can transform your life.

Reservations are recommended; register here
This event is open to the public, reception to follow

For additional information, contact info@knitwell.org

March 2016 Fiber Farmer’s Market

Thanks to our partners and friends at  Uniquities Yarn Shop and Fibernate for selling our publications (Resource Guide for Young Knitters and Project Knitwell Presents the Comfort of Knitting) at their tables at the March 2016 Fiber Farmer’s Market.

Caroline Hockenberry of Fibernate and co-author of the Resource Guide for Young Knitters at the Fiber Farmer's Market)

Caroline Hockenberry of Fibernate and co-author of the Resource Guide for Young Knitters at the Fiber Farmer’s Market

 

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.