Knitting Behind Bars
At the end of a long day, you just need to kick back and relax and forget your troubles... at least until tomorrow. Watch TV, have a glass of wine (if you’re 21, of course), or maybe just stare at the wall until it’s time to leave the house again. Next time, before you start that next episode of Hoarders or grab that second drink, consider trying something else to unwind. Even inmates at a Maryland men’s prison have found an alternative to take their minds off their worries. If you can believe it: they are KNITTING! Good Magazine’s reporter Jillian Anthony profiles Lyn Zwerling, the mastermind responsible for “Knitting Behind Bars,” a program that brings volunteers into the Pre-Release Unit in Jessup, MD. Zwerling says knitting is “more than a craft.” In fact, “It has the ability to transform you.” The prison’s assistant warden says, “It’s very positive because you can see … the dynamics of their conversation [are] very calm, very soothing.” So the next time you need some R&R, consider handwork like knitting! It’s therapeutic, affordable, practical, and fun. What could be better? And you may even end up with something beautiful that you can use or give as a gift. Read more about the Knitting Behind Bars project in "How Knitting Behind Bars Transformed Maryland Convicts."