Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Go to Wullenstudios to purchase the new yarn

Proceeds will benefit our program

Sheila's new yarn - I Fought The Law And The Law Won

“I Fought the Law and the Law Won” is the latest color addition to the W├╝llenstudio Sock line! The color entries were made by Twiceteller. The first skein is on its way to her!! The knitting men of the Jessup Pre-Release Unit chose her entry because if best described their lives: “grass green and sky blue with bars of black between them to symbolize what was taken away.” Many thanks to all of you who participated in the contest!!!

We will be selling this yarn on the W├╝llenstudio Website. The profits from the sale of the yarn go to help support the Knitting Behind Bars Program. For those of you who live out of the the US and would like to purchase this yarn, please PM SheilaR here on Ravelry.

We would like to share with you the friendships we have made, the accomplishments of the men and their adventures through the process of returning to the outside world.

Jessup Pre-Release is a facility where the men may spend up to 3 years before they are released from their incarceration. It also houses men who are handicapped and serving longer sentences.

We have never asked these men what they did to put themselves behind the razor wire. They often tell us what they did when they are ready to trust us. We accept them as they are now, and help them establish friendships and the satisfaction of learning an awesome skill…….KNITTING!

We would like to share with you their personal triumphs and their life accomplishments. We hope you are as proud and astounded as we are. There is no prison reform in Maryland or much of the United States. Certainly not many programs that promote self-esteem, personal development or anger management. We also have begun to develop a mentoring program

Often the conversations we have with them are the same ones we find ourselves having with our other knitting friends in our various other knitting groups! Ooh! What yarn is that? What makes this fiber so soft? Can you teach me to pick up stitches after I drop them? Do you have a pattern for that scarf? How many beads do I put in this section? I just know I need to learn how to knit socks!

Through the generous contributions of the Knitters in Columbia, Maryland, we have contributed over 2,000 books to their once non-existant library, including a full law library! This is a on going venture.

We are self-funded. If you would like to help support our endeavor, you can visit our Etsy shop or our blog, Knitting Behind Bars, or PM me here on Ravelry!

We have been sponsoring this weekly group since November 2009. It is the highlight of our week! Please join us in our journey with the men of JPRU!