Knitting Programs

Virtual Knitting Programs

In an effort to continue providing programs during the pandemic, Project Knitwell launched two virtual initiatives in 2020: Knitwell in the Cloud and K2Tog.

Through Knitwell in the Cloud, Project Knitwell instructors teach knitting — one-on-one — to individuals who are affiliated with our program sites (e.g., hospitals & community settings). In this way, we are able to continue our mission of teaching knitting to those in stressful situations, via the Zoom platform. We are teaching patients, program participants, staff, and families. To join Knitwell in the Cloud, send an email to instruction@knitwell.org.

K2Tog is a bimonthly social knitting group for knitters of all abilities, hosted on the Zoom platform. While not an instructional program, Project Knitwell instructors host and participate in the sessions and can answer questions and share tips and ideas. It is a great place for all knitters and serves as a wonderful next program for students who “graduate” from Knitwell in the Cloud. Through K2Tog, we’re able to replicate the collegial in-person knitting groups that we hosted prior to the pandemic. Join our mailing list to get notified of future sessions.

Knitting in Hospitals

Project Knitwell volunteers teach patients and family members to knit, individually or in a group.  We work in various units throughout hospitals and provide knitting instruction for oncology, transplant, and dialysis patients, families with children in the Pediatric Intensive Care and Neo-Natal Intensive Care units, and pregnant moms on bedrest, among others.  We provide participants with a complimentary beginner’s kit, which includes yarn, needles, and a Knitting Resource Guide.  We offer ongoing instruction, and once knitters are comfortable with basic skills, we give them knitting kits and additional material to make simple projects like hats, scarves, baby booties, finger-less gloves, and more.

We also serve hospital staff and have offered learn-to-knit classes for a variety of staff members and new graduate nurses at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) and Children’s National Medical Center.  At MGUH, we hold a regular knitting group for staff, and nurses and other staff participate in our drop-in groups at Virginia Hospital Center.

“I am so proud of myself.  I learned something new.  Knitting keeps me from worrying about my daughter because I have to focus so hard on doing it correctly.” 

Mother with NICU Patient

Community Knitting Programs

We serve adolescents, seniors, cancer patients and others at various school and community sites.  Currently, groups and classes meet at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, the Cancer Resource Center at Virginia Hospital Center, N Street Village, So Others Might Eat (SOME), and other sites. We have offered after-school programs for at-risk youth through The Alternative House in Vienna, Virginia; for adolescents with severe emotional disabilities at The John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Rockville, Maryland; and at Camp Friendship and Camp Fantastic, two summer camps for children/young adults with cancer.

 

At-Home Classes

For persons unable to attend a class, contact us to discuss a home visit.

 

Project Knitwell’s Program Sites

*Indicates a current location

*Medstar Georgetown University Hospital Hospital-wide – including pediatric oncology unit, transplant unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Sessions for staff

Inova Alexandria Hospital  – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital – Patients and family members

*INOVA Schar Cancer Institute Artists in Residence (AIR) Program

*Ronald McDonald Room, Hematology/Oncology Unit

*Children’s National Medical Center – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Hematology/Oncology, Cardiac Intensive Care,  Dialysis,  Ronald McDonald Room, Classes for NICU staff

 *Virginia Hospital Center – Antepartum patients, NICU families, In-patient oncology,  ongoing and special programs through Cancer Resource Center,  Classes for staff

HSC Pediatric Center, (formerly Hospital for Sick Children) – Regular group with parents