A Mouse's Tale

Random scurryings of a writer.

DailyGood: Knitting Behind Bars

Tyrell Butler, a young inmate with a gold tooth and tattoos ringing both arms, is joining the group for the first time. He watches intently as Zwerling gives him a five-minute knitting lesson.

“So, between the pearls and the neck, that’s the front door. In through the front door,” she says, poking a needle through an opening in the row of gray stitches she has started for him. “Then skull and crossbones. Wrap it around….”

Mr. Butler has come hoping to make something for his 3-year-old daughter. He has been behind bars her whole life, and says he wants to make her a blanket so she’ll have something from him to hold. Zwerling asks his release date. 2015, says Butler.

“Then you have time,” she says matter-of-factly, pointing to the gap in his growing rectangle of yarn. “In through the front.”

DailyGood: Knitting Behind Bars.

I saw this article the other day and had to read it. It’s amazing to see that there are still some people out there that have faith in those that have fallen on hard times. I love the idea of these fathers, sons, brothers, counsins, husbands, and gorillas of men coming together in a room with a meditative hobby. Even if they’re only there for the air conditioning, it’s better than not having anything positive in your life behind bars.


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