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.
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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 Arts, Borromeo Housing, Friends 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.
Unique Individuals served in 2018
Carol Caparosa founded Project Knitwell in 2010 as a result of her experience being the mother of a pediatric patient…
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"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."
~ Mom with Twins in the NICU
"This gives me such peace. This is exactly what I needed today. Thank you, this was a blessing."
Mother of a Patient
"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."
Children's National Medical Center
Dads knit too! While we do knit with more moms than dads, our volunteers regularly report working with both parents of NICU and other pediatric patients. One of our volunteers at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) told us she offered to teach the mom and dad...
Meet Julia. Julia is the mom of a 5 ½ year old son. She also has metastatic breast cancer, for which she receives chemo at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) every 3 weeks. A Project Knitwell volunteer has been teaching Julia to knit.
“People are so encouraging, and offer such positive reinforcement.” Meet Kent. For the last several months, Kent has been a regular at the knitting group Project Knitwell co-sponsors with the Cancer Resource Center at Virginia Hospital Center (VHC). Barb, one of...