The Knitterly Hooker

Posts Tagged ‘social work’

Let’s Make and Donate

In community challenges, Uncategorized on November 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm

There are many babies in this world who need our support and love we create in making hats. Recently, urgent calls have been made requesting that we – the skilled, talented, gifted – knitters and crocheters, heal the world. When we share and give of ourselves, and literally LOVE in action,  we create community and hope.

It is with urgency I request your support in making 100 or more hats to donate by February 11, 2018Although I favor the P.U.R.P.L.E initiative and Red hat project, there are others who need us. 

Make and mail hats to your favorite cause. Thanks in advance for your support. Please comment how many hats you will commit to make.

MSW: The Knitting Thesis

In events on September 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm


For 2 years, a sacrifice was made to further my education and become a social worker. I knew from the onset that I needed everyone to understand, just how incredibly wonderful knitting was.  I needed to make a case for its importance and relevance to therapeutic practice and relationships. I knew my purpose the moment I walked through the doors of my graduate school.  My classmates and professors alike, endured my incessant jabber about knitting saving the world and changing lives, one stitch at a time. I needed the science of this phenomenon though.

The process was not easy.  I read at least 50 articles and books combined.  Piles of related materials were created on one side of my bed.  This is where my writing action took place.  All that information was synthesized and connections made between the neurological basis of trauma and generating a relaxation response through the cadence of knitting needles.  Adolescents were the target population discussed because their brains are not yet developed. I believe there remains an opportunity for creativity to impact the perception and processing of the experienced trauma, and creating biological changes.

My writing journey only revealed how little research has been done specifically on knitting. There is only one knitting soldier at the moment in the entire world making strides to put knitting on the map in a scientific way.  This person is Betsan Corkhill. I thank her for inspiring me.  I salute her dynamic efforts and I would like to be a part of this change.

Posting about my this achievement on social media has afforded me the opportunity to be featured on Knitty City’s blog.  Read it and let me know what you think.