Project Knitwell is thrilled to announce two new knitting program sites this month.
We are piloting another school based program, working with special education students in Fairfax County, VA.
In addition, we will be piloting a program with Street Sense, knitting with vendors who sell Street Sense newspapers produced by and focused on the homeless population in Washington, D.C. We are excited to work with vendors who expressed an interest in learning to knit, both for the therapeutic benefits as well as the practical benefit of producing warm accessories that they can use while out on the street selling papers!
We added Looped as one of our yarn store partners! The store is located at 1732 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009. www.loopedyarnworks.com
In May 2014, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC), awarded Project Knitwell a one-year grant to better serve long-term pediatric patients, to expand its knitting program to two additional sites in the DC metro area, and to publish an intermediate-level knitting resource guide for young people. This grant is a follow-on to a June 2011 RMHC grant which enabled Project Knitwell to establish a pediatric knitting program, create a guide for starting such a program for starting such a program in a hospital setting, and to publish a beginning-level resource guide for young people. Project Knitwell is extremely grateful for this support.
Project Knitwell values its partnerships with local yarn shops, including Uniquities Yarn Shop in Vienna, VA and fibre space in Old Town Alexandria.
Both shops now stock copies of our Resource Guide for Young Knitters as well as project kits for customers to purchase and donate to Project Knitwell for use by our new knitters.
Immanuel Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA awards Project Knitwell a grant to develop a brochure, translate materials and expand its services beyond its current hospital focus to other organizations that would benefit from the therapeutic activity of knitting. We are grateful for their support.