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KnitTING BEHIND BARS

At Prison, a knitting class that isn't necessarily about knitting.

Every Thursday at five o'clock, you can find Lynn Zwerling and Sheila Rovelstad, needles in hand, providing encouragement and guidance to diligent pupils working on hats or sweaters. As students and teachers settle into the quiet hum of the knitting circle, a cloud of relaxed calm falls across the group. Lynn and Sheila's knitting class is like many others across the country. Except theirs takes place in prison and their students are inmates. At the Jessup Pre-Release Unit (JPRU) in Jessup, Maryland, the relationship between the inmates and the women is like family, and the bond between inmate and knitting is just as natural. Knitting Behind Bars grew from Lynn and Sheila's passion for their chosen obsession.  

We are so amazed by Lynn's work. Here's a great Washington Post article about Knitting Behind Bars.

We couldn't stop at one video.   The Fruity Knitting podcast, hosted by Andrew and Andrea Doig is a FANTASTIC video knitting podcast that brings you knitting inspiration from around the world. Here, Andrea dives deep into the work of Knitting Behind Bars. It is not to be missed. Subscribe to their podcast - it's a treasure.