Often times when tragedy enters our lives, it can feel very isolating. Sometimes we may think we are the only ones who may be experiencing terrible news, a recent diagnosis, or in my case a sudden death. Project Knitwell is an organization on a mission to help others experience the therapeutic benefits of knitting.
A few years ago, I received unexpected news that my father was hit and killed by a drunk driver. The news was shocking as he was only 43 years old. His sudden death ultimately allowed him to save the lives of four other people by becoming an organ and tissue donor. Although I had learned to knit through YouTube videos, it wasn’t until I received a comfort shawl by a local knitting group that I discovered the healing and therapeutic benefits of knitting. I was so deeply touched by the shawl because it felt like my dad was giving me a hug every time I wore it. Soon after receiving the shawl, I immediately picked up my needles and yarn. I wanted to do for others as what was done for me.
Project Knitwell is an organization that promotes knitting with purpose to promote and encourage wellness, comfort, and community. Founder Carol Caparosa created Project Knitwell after her experience of caring for her daughter while in the hospital of the pediatric unit. As Carol’s daughter spent days and nights in the hospital, recovering from multiple heart surgeries, Carol knew she needed something to clear her mind from worry and remain calm during a very stressful time.
Many knitters share a similar story to Carol and I. Turning to knitting after unexpected news has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and cope with life’s unexpected curve balls. Knitting for others can also help restore a sense of purpose and passion when all else feels as if it’s falling apart.
Shop with Lion Brand this Give Back Tuesday, November 27th in support of Project Knitwell!
Whether you shop online or at our NY and NJ location, 10% of all sales on Tuesday will be donated to Project Knitwell. Donations will allow Project Knitwell to provide comfort and relief for those in the community with knitting supplies and lessons.
Lion Brand has thousands of patterns you can choose from to get started on your next knitting project. Get started today by following Project Knitwell on social media! Comment below and tell us your story! We would love to hear how knitting has impacted your life!
“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”
― Mandy Hale