By Elena Shlegel
"The motion of knitting isn’t all that different from the motion of plugging away at your smartphone all day. Except knitting promotes focus, and the phone promotes distraction."
(Barbara Schnoor in Humans of New York)
Portrait of Mrs. Elizabeth Curtiss Woodward Young sitting in a wheelchair knitting in a darkened room in Chicago, Illinois. 1917.
Group portrait of members of the Women’s War Relief Association, Mrs. Edward J. Buchan, Mrs. Norval H. Pierce (nee Drucilla Wahl), Mrs. Edward R. Fifield and Mrs. William M. Hight, posing together with their handiwork (knitting or sewing) in a room in Chicago, Illinois.
Knitting Behind Bars
Knit Inspiration: Knitting Behind Bars (by Bus52videos)
As soon as they walk in the door, the students make a beeline for their knitting projects. Once they start knitting a pleasant calm falls over the room as the students settle into their work.
These results would speak for themselves in any institution, but when the students are minimum security prisoners–and male prisoners at that–the life changing impact is nothing short of inspiring. In fact, they now have prisoners putting peer pressure on other prisoners to go to knitting class!! Watch as co-founders Lynn Zwerling and Sheila Rovelstad recount their 5-year journey to making “Knitting Behind Bars” a reality: Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/goodnews/2012/05/1234.html#ixzz28o6HMAFm