Helps people facing challenges by providing knitting instruction and shared community opportunities that promote wellness and resilience.
Project Knitwell helps people facing challenges by providing knitting instruction and shared community opportunities that promote wellness and resilience.
All of Project Knitwell’s programming is provided by volunteers, and services and supplies are provided free of charge to the people we serve.
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 Inova Schar Cancer Institute.
We also conduct programs for adults and children at community and school sites. These have included: Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Friends of Guest House, the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA), N Street Village, and the Correctional Treatment Facility, DC Dept. of Corrections, among others.
Project Knitwell volunteers provide knitting instruction and quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among those we serve.
Carol Caparosa founded Project Knitwell in 2010 to share the benefits of knitting as a tool for achieving wellness, comfort, and community.
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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
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A Close-Knit Third Place
Who is in your close-knit community? Do you feel like you have a fabric of connection to those around you? Our local yarn shops (LYS) work to create tight knit communities. Supporting our local arts communities including your LYS can help provide a “third place” to...
At Project Knitwell, our mission is to provide opportunities for those facing stressful situations to learn to knit and build resilience at the same time. Our volunteers contribute more than 700 hours per year to knitting instructional programs and community outreach...
Program Updates: November 2022
On November 13, World Kindness Day, we were grateful to share our knitting for resilience at the Arthouse NYC’s Hero Art Project honoring “healthcare workers from around the world who have lost their lives while fighting COVID-19 and selflessly saving the lives of...