By: Barbara Lipkin
Lynn Zwerling helps an inmate during her weekly "Knitting Behind Bars" program at the Maryland prison system's Pre-Release Unit in Jessup. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / October 27, 2011)
Knitting is a wonderful way to relax and enrich your creative side. It is also a great way to give back to your community in terms of donations of baby hats, blankets for foster children, caps for chemotherapy patients.
Now knitting and crochet will be walking the red carpet on the coattails of the Kardashian name. A major yarn producer has entered the keyword name game to sell their luxury yarns. Creative use of trending celebrities is being used to grab attention. Word has it from the BlackStitch that Tahki S.Charles yarns is introducing Kourtney, Khloe, and Rihanna soon. New yarns with hot topic, highly searched celebrity names are sure to be winners with young knitters and crochet crafters. The naming of yarn gets an entirely new meaning for its initial online success, but the proof of the pudding lies in the finish, the way the yarn performs on needles and hooks.
In my mind, Knitting has much more value than having yarn named for celebs.
In 2009, a 67- year old woman started teaching Maryland prisoners to knit as a form of personal transformation. To me, that is a worthwhile endeavor.