Project Knitwell

Provides a proven wellness tool that helps people cope with stressful situations in hospital and community settings.

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Project Knitwell offers knitting as a tool to promote wellness and help people cope with stressful situations at more than a dozen hospital and community settings.

All of Project Knitwell’s programming is provided by volunteers, and services and supplies are provided free of charge to the people we serve.  

Operating in the metro Washington, DC area, Project Knitwell is a 501(c)(3) with ongoing programs for patients, family members, and staff at area hospitals including MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH)Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), and Virginia Hospital Center.

We also conduct programs for adults and children at community and school sites. These have included: Smith Center for Healing and the ArtsBorromeo HousingFriends of Guest House, the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA), and So Others Might Eat (SOME) among others.

Project Knitwell volunteers provide knitting instruction and quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among those we serve.

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Carol Caparosa founded Project Knitwell in 2010 as a result of her experience being the mother of a pediatric patient…

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Mom with Twins in the NICU

"Knitting helps me to relax in a chaotic situation.  There is only so much I can do for the girls while they are here, and making hats and blankets for them, is one thing I can do.   And I feel very good about that."

Mother of a Patient

"This gives me such peace. This is exactly what I needed today. Thank you, this was a blessing."

Children's National Medical Center

"It is a joy to witness moms, dads and patient siblings eagerly await the arrival of our Project Knitwell volunteer each week. Parents are excited to show their progress on a pair of booties, a hat or the blanket they've been working on for their NICU baby since their last instruction."

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Snack, Sip, Shop & Support

Join us at the Fiber Night Market for a fun, festive evening of knitting, snacking, sipping, and shopping on Wednesday, December 19,  from 6:30 to 8:30, at Next Stop Theater in Herndon, VA.  Thank you to our hosts The Fiberists !    We’ll be there with our Special PK...

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#ShareTheWellness on #GivingTuesday

  Have you ever…         Used yarn as therapy?  Knit to de-stress?  Crafted to keep calm?Joined a knitting circle to feel part of a community? Then you have experienced the wellness of knitting.  On November 27, you can #ShareTheWellness and spread the impact Project...

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Knit One, Purl One, Smile

This fall, Project Knitwell launched two new programs to share the therapeutic power of knitting with very different communities.In the brand-new Ronald McDonald Room at INOVA-Children's Hospital, volunteer Shelly will visit on the first and third Mondays of every...

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