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The Knitting … Inmates?

They're sitting around a table under fluorescent lights, turning bright skeins of yarn into cold-weather hats. No, this isn't the "Retired Mom's Knitting Club". It is a class held at Dorsey Run Correctional Facility in Jessup, Md, for prison inmates. This class, started by two women volunteers uses knitting for much more than making beanies.

Under their strict (but kind) eyes, it becomes a way to not only teach discipline and patience, but to treat the men there as people. The strict rules of the group include using proper names (not numbers or nicknames), and for the inmates to eventually make a hat for someone that they have wronged.

Possible Preaching Angle:

It's a powerful image of the way that simple things, like yarn, needles, and a little bit of time, can take on new meaning and purpose if directed well. What simple things can we turn into processes of eternal healing and significance?

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