On Mother’s Day, we celebrate Lynn Zwerling, a woman with the most ferocious mothering instinct I’ve ever seen. I first wrote about Lynn a couple of years ago, “Knitting in Prison? Believe It.”
Now, worlds collide as it turns out that Andrea and Andrew of Fruity Knitting Podcast just released their episode featuring their interview with Lynn. Click on the image up top to watch it. The profile of Lynn begins at 28:42.
Lynn is the founder of Knitting Behind Bars, a program in the Maryland prison system where inmates attend a weekly knitting class.
Imagine working for five years to persuade prison wardens a) that knitting is therapeutic for inmates; b) that male inmates would want to learn to knit, and c) that knitting needles and scissors would not be a security risk.
It’s not your typical knit night, to say the least.
We know that a group knitting together is one of the most powerful gatherings imaginable. It’s not really about knitting—yet it simultaneously is about knitting.
For a decade now, Lynn has brought knitting into one of the toughest environments imaginable. Her success is admirable, astonishing, and full of love. “I made a little utopia, right there in our little room,” she says.
Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.