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ussjaneausten Posted - 06/04/2012 : 6:24:08 PM
Hello everyone,

I absolutely love knitting and I'm currently part of Bus 52 - we travel around the US in a converted school bus, making videos about people who are doing inspiring things in their communities.

We've made two videos that I thought might be of interest to people on this forum.

The first is about Knitting Behind Bars: two women in Maryland have been holding knitting classes in a male prison:

And the second is about a Fiber Arts Center that teaches people to weave to help them gain financial independence:

I hope everyone is having a good day and getting the chance to knit a lot!

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robinstephanie Posted - 06/17/2012 : 11:03:26 AM
Hi Amy--Thanks for sharing the videos. The weaving one choked me up (I am admittedly a giant sap). The ideas that textiles can change lives and are a heritage that needs to be passed to a younger generation really appeal to me. Also, that video has tempted me closer to weaving.. So many fiber arts, so little time.


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Nanaknit Posted - 06/16/2012 : 6:22:32 PM
Welcome Amy! Although there are many successful knitting programs in correctional institutions, I feel that I need to add a caveat.

As a correctional medicine professional for over 25 years and avid knitter, I know that not all facilities will be open to the idea. If any of you are interested in sponsoring a knitting program in your local correctional facility, please understand that there are many factors involved in offering programming to inmates. Anyone coming into the facility to teach must be background cleared, a secure location for the class identified, additional security provided for the class as well as carefully choosing the inmates who will be allowed to participate. Remember, these are the same people who can and will make a deadly weapon out of a toothbrush. A knitting needle would make an excellent weapon in the wrong hands. Security always comes first in a correctional facility.

Hope I haven't dashed anyone's hope of providing this kind of program locally, but if you are aware of what is involved you may be able to persuade someone that these issues can and should be overcome in order to provide a calming and valuable experience for their population.


"Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't."
-Eleanor Roosevelt
tpcrna Posted - 06/15/2012 : 7:22:31 PM
I often knit when attending meetings. Someone told me that I always respond to controversial issues in such a calm way. How did I do that? My friends have decided that it's all because of the knitting. I believe it. This way, when the conversation gets too idiotic, at least I have not completely wasted my time because I was knitting! Posted - 06/04/2012 : 11:59:49 PM
Thanks for the info, Amy! I see that you are a newbie to the forums; glad you joined us & hope you decide to stay!


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