“Knitting has an uncanny way of calming one’s soul — slowly bringing you back to the present with each row and gently allowing you to release worry, tension, and stress. Project Knitwell was the lifeline during the hardest period of my life.”
About Project Knitwell
- Knitting is a purposeful research-supported intervention that promotes wellness and resilience for individuals undergoing stressful situations.
- Knitting is embraced as an effective service for individuals of all ages who are experiencing serious illness, injury, abuse, homelessness, re-entry from incarceration, burnout, compassion fatigue, isolation, or other challenges.
- PK engages with arts, health, and human services organizations to demonstrate the power of knitting to promote wellness and resilience.
- PK engages with all participants and partners in ways that promote openness, inclusion, compassion, and equitable practices.
Project Knitwell’s History
Carol Caparosa founded Project Knitwell in 2010 as a result of her experience being the mother of a pediatric patient. Years ago, her daughter spent countless hours in the hospital recovering from multiple heart surgeries. Carol recalls how slowly the clocks moved and how difficult it was for her to concentrate. It was at that time that she renewed her interest in knitting and believes that it provided a welcomed distraction from the immediate worries related to her daughter’s hospital stay.
Years later, Carol returned as a volunteer to the pediatric unit where her daughter was a patient. She taught mothers whose children were hospitalized to knit in the hope that they, too, would gain from it the benefits she had. With this, the seed for Project Knitwell was planted. The organization received its 501(c)(3) status in October 2010. Carol’s daughter, now a healthy adult, worked as a nurse on the same unit at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital where she had been a patient as an infant, and now works on the Pediatric Cardiac unit of another area hospital.