Tag: knitting

Knitting Classes at Woolworks

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Woolworks

catch of the day fish (2)For kids, snow days generally mean sledding, building snowmen, making snow angels, and otherwise getting outside to play in the cold, wet, wintry mix. But as we mature, somehow the draw of indoors tends to get stronger. Plus, even during Snowmageddon a few years ago, Baltimore wasn’t exactly cross country skiing and snowshoeing terrain. So what are we adults to do when the city (maybe) shuts down thanks to a few anticipated inches? Do what the snowed-in have done for centuries: take up a knitting project.

Baltimore Threadquarters

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Baltimroe Threadquarters

catch of the day fish (2)Maybe on Friday you heard this strange, high-pitched hum/squeal/sigh-of-relief/shout-of-jubilation throughout the city. That was every Baltimorean who sews, knits, crochets, felts, weaves, spins yarn, or otherwise involves themselves in fabric or fiber arts. Why the exultant shout? Well, Friday was the day when Baltimore Threadquarters threw open their doors, making so many fabulous (and hard to find) tools and supplies available to Baltimore crafters and artisans. Handmade buttons? Check. Vintage fiber arts supplies? Check.  Spinning tools? Yarn for the discerning knitter? A super-inspiring list of events and classes? Check, check, check, check, check.

Knitting Behind Bars Helps Jessup Prisoners in More Ways Than One

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When Lynn Zwerling, 67, decided she wanted to teach knitting to male prisoners in Jessup back in 2005, the wardens thought she was nuts. The men wouldn’t be interested in a traditionally feminine hobby, they argued — not to mention the fact that knitting needles looked an awful lot like weapons.

Cut to six years later, and Zwerling (plus several other volunteers) has spent the past two years teaching more than a hundred prisoners to knit — and she has a waiting list of dozens more. Prisoners have crafted comfort dolls for kids removed from their homes by social services; they’ve made hats for kids at a nearby inner-city elementary school.

The idea came about after Zwerling started a knitting club in her hometown of Columbia and ended up recruiting 500 members. “I looked around the room one day and I saw a zen quality about it,” Zwerling told GOOD magazine. “Here were people who didn’t know each other, had nothing in common, sitting together peacefully like little lambs knitting. I thought, ‘It makes me and these people feel so good. What would happen if I took knitting to a population that never experienced this before?’”

Richy Horton, 38, told Good about his experience with the knitting classes:
“I was like, I’m not going to that thing. And then I went, and you were actually speaking to real people. People can’t really understand [that in prison] you’re completely separated from anything normal or real in the world. You’re always told what to do and when to do it, so to have people come in and treat you like a human being means so much. They came in and they were like my mom.”

If you’re interested in donating money or supplies, there’s info here about the group’s needs.

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