Our Mission is to bring the Arts of Knitting and Crocheting to women who are dealing with substance abuse issues, mental illness, and lives impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and family trauma. We use knitting and crocheting to achieve our ultimate goal of finding ways to Heal ourselves, find Hope, create s sense of Happiness and Joy, and ultimately raise our Spirits, Skill Sets and Quality of Life.
November 18-20, 2016–Focus on the Masters is a non-profit art appreciation program based in Ventura County that documents, preserves, and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists.
Focus on the Masters also runs The Gift Shop, located behind City Hall in Ventura. As part of a fundraising effort, fine craft and art works from local artists and organizations were included in the gift shop with some of the proceeds going toward Focus on the Masters’ programming.
Knitting in Recovery was one of the organizations included in The Gift Shop. Our clients were very excited to show and sell their work.
October, 2016, Knitting in Recovery began another round of community scarf baskets in Ojai. Baskets of yarn and knitting needles were placed in various locations around town along with instructions for the public to join in and help knit scarves for those in need.
There were ten scarf baskets, each with its own coordinating colors of yarn.
Together we were able to create some very unique, collaborative scarves that were donated to local shelters to keep people warm during the colder months and make them feel loved during the holiday season.
A major part of Knitting in Recovery’s program is to be of service to others. It strengthens our community, focuses attention outward, and brings a sense of satisfaction to know that you are helping someone else.
This year for the holidays, men and women from Knotty Knitters of Anacapa, BookEnds Knitters in Ojai, and Knitting in Recovery clients at New Visions, Project Understanding, and Prototypes all participated in knitting and crocheting for charity.
The knitters’ gorgeous goods were sent to Help for Ojai, Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Our Place Shelter (Ventura), Tender Life Maternity Home (Ventura), Veterans Home (Ventura), and Shelters for Abused Women and Children in Alaska.
We hope that everyone who received these gifts feels safe, warm, and loved when they wear them, knowing that someone from Knitting in Recovery cares about their health and well-being.
March 8–In honor of International Women’s Day, Knitting in Recovery and Cattywampus Crafts hosted a knit-in. Women and children came throughout the day (and for several days thereafter) and knit and crocheted 100 pussyhats.
The hats were donated to Planned Parenthood for their fundraiser in April.
After the 2016 election, (and certain conversations with Billy Bush) women across the nation started knitting and crocheting bright pink beanies with two angular cat ears in anticipation of wearing them at the March on Washington aka Women’s March on Inauguration Day. These neon feline hats are called pussyhats. According to the founders of the movement, “The idea is both a play on pussyhat, pussycat, and also references the hot mic from the Access Hollywood video. It does reference Donald Trump and those comments, but it’s also so much more. It’s reappropriating the word ‘pussy’ in a positive way. It’s a pussyhat — one word. This is a project about women supporting women.”
The pussyhat is a symbol of support and solidarity for women’s rights and political resistance. “If everyone at the march wears a pink hat, the crowd will be a sea of pink, showing that we stand together, united,” reads the Pussyhat Project website.
Women who could not attend the march in DC on Inauguration day were also encouraged to knit or crochet pussyhats to send to marchers, which broadened the scope of the activism around the project.
Knitting in Recovery volunteers and our clients from New Visions and Project Understanding knit and crocheted around 40 hats. The hats were then gifted to Kristin, a friend of Knitting in Recovery’s founder, who then took the hats with her to Washington DC and handed them out to marchers at the Inauguration Day march.
Kristin and her daughter, Violet, even made the local paper in their pussyhats for the attendance of the DC march
Simultaneous marches were held around the world for those who could not attend the Women’s March in DC.
Knitting in Recovery founder, Lise Solvang, even took some pussyhats with her to her sister’s small town in Norway, where local residents marched. There was an even larger march in Oslo, Norway.
Locals in Norway donning their pussyhats in solidarity with American women protesting Donald Trump’s misogyny
Knitting in Recovery partners with Evolve Outpatient Recovery Center in Camarillo, which treats teens struggling with substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
Part of the treatment plan at Evolve is to convene daily with nature as a way to actively and mindfully engage in and appreciate the world around us.
Knitting in Recovery integrated this communion with nature with a desire to incorporate fun and play into our lives when we recently had the boys and girls at Evolve’s outpatient center yarn bomb one of the trees outside the facility!
The clients finger crocheted all the chains, made pom poms and crocheted flowers.
People stopped to watch and left with big smiles on their faces. Knowing that they were bringing happiness into someone’s life made the kids feel really good about the work.
Here’s to spreading love, fun and color to the community!
Our 3rd annual celebration of Worldwide Knit in Public Day was a great success. The event was held at BookEnds Bookstore in Meiners Oaks. About 100 women joined us to knit throughout the day including our regulars who travel all the way from Santa Barbara and Camarillo every year.
Participants were able to enter a raffle for gorgeous yarn baskets, knitting needles, and knitting and crochet books. Proceeds from the raffle went to Knitting in Recovery.
Many thanks to BookEnds Bookstore for hosting this event and for all our participants for celebrating with us!