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Kneedles and Yarn

Injury Prevention
for Crafters

Do you love knitting, crocheting and crafting so much that it LITERALLY hurts? You are not alone. I am here to help prevent and relieve your pain.

You can find me teaching, training and speaking at the  events below or join my weekly stretching class guaranteed to teach you new ways to feel and in turn, craft your best.  


Knit For Food

Saturday March 23, 2024 

Details here!


Stretches for Stitchers
Class Packs and
Single Class Option

With love for crafting and wellness

Mara Smith is a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning coach and award winning fiber artist.  She uses her knowledge of the human body and injury prevention to help people feel and perform their best. During the Covid 19 Pandemic, Mara joined her crafting and athletic training skills to create “Stretches for Stitchers” an online stretching class geared toward crafters. She also became a virtual instructor for Vogue Knitting Live and Floxie where she educates her students about common crafting injuries and the importance of proper ergonomics, stretching, and exercises geared specifically toward knitters and crocheters. Mara has also been a guest speaker/lecturer for organizations and fiber studios including Gather Here and Make Something, Knit in the Pit, the Knit for Food Knit-Along and Down Cellar Studio’s Pigskin and Splash Pad Parties. Her students often comment that her classes are not only engaging and fun but that they should be mandatory for all crafters to help them prevent knitting injuries. Mara loves attending fiber festivals and seminars and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the human body with other fiber artists.



"Hi Mara, I've been meaning to let you know how much I enjoy your Stretches for Stitchers class.  It makes me set some time aside every week to do something really important.  I was starting to get hand issues from knitting. One day it was really really bad and the next day after class they felt so much better. Thank you again, your class is awesome,"

"I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed the class yesterday! I feel like it has lifted my mood in general and made me feel more positive!"

“Thanks so much, Mara. I appreciate having a better sense of our musculature and structure, and why that matters to our crafting. My job everyday is at a desk on a computer so the stretches and massage techniques will reall help."


"Mara is so knowledgeable! Super Friendly. I learned stretches that I have never done before and now I know to stretch my body and sit properly so I can do my favorite thing in the world: knitting!"

"Great Suggestions for stretches, posture and ergonomics."

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