Project Knitwell is pleased to present an Impact Statement covering its first 10 years! We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to even more in the next 10 years.
Remarkably, Project Knitwell grew from one hospital and one volunteer to providing services to 6 hospitals, 20 community sites, and 50+ volunteers teaching more than 6,000 people to knit!
We have heard the words “Project Knitwell is my lifeline” these last few months. We aim to continue to develop that lifeline for many years to come. Here is what one new participant told us:
“Thank you for bringing knitting into my life. I’ll be honest that finding things to look forward to this year has been difficult, maybe impossible at times. I’m very grateful for the great work that you do in bringing this comforting and meditative practice to those who need it, and for the pivot to virtual sessions in these crazy times.”
We plan to continue with a hybrid approach as some of our in-person sites resume meetings and our online programming continues to flourish. Our in person teaching resumed at the Schar Cancer Institute, Artists in Residence Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital; Friends of Guest House; John L. Gilder Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents; and Immigrant and Refugee Services at the Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington, VA. We will continue to develop our successful Knitwell in the Cloud virtual instruction program and K2Together online community. Our decision to move online for the safety of our volunteers and participants also helped us expand our reach internationally.