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09 December 2011


The men were reluctant at first, complaining that knitting was too girly or too difficult. But Zwerling assured them men had invented the craft, then gave them a five-minute knitting lesson she swears can teach anyone. Suddenly, Zwerling says, the men “found the zen,” and got hooked. Now, every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., they come to class, leaving their crimes and the hierarchies of prison life behind.

I get that most people normally think of little old ladies knitting, but that is wrong. Knitting is very peaceful, something to concentrate on when your brain is going a million miles a minute. As said in the article, zen. I love this idea.