Knitting in Recovery at Focus on the Masters Gift Shop

Knitting in Recovery is currently at the Focus on the Masters Holiday Gift Shop.

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Local friends, come stop by!

The event is open this weekend only:

83 S Palm St, Ventura, CA

Saturday: 10 am-5pm

Sunday 12 pm-4 pm

Our clients have been working hard crafting lovely, cozy things to sell at this event.  They are thrilled to be represented alongside such talented local artists.

The event features 23 local Ventura County artists selling paintings, jewelry, ceramics, artisan soap, quilts, silk scarves, holiday cards, and more.

A portion of the profits go toward Focus on the Masters (FOTM), a Ventura-based non-profit art appreciation organization that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists, emphasizing the importance of the arts to a healthy society.  FOTM is going into their 23rd year of programming.  Find out more about the organization here.

 

Knitting in Recovery Featured in Ojai Valley News

Knitting in Recovery is featured in today’s Ojai Valley News!  Our fabulous founder, Lise Solvang was interviewed by journalist, Andra Belknap.  A snipet of the story can be read below, but we would love it if someone could snag a copy of the paper for us and send us a picture of the article.

Thanks, Ojai Valley News:

Woman finds a purl of an idea to help those in recovery help others

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Meiners Oaks resident Lise Solvang believes knitting saved her life.
She found in the early days of her sobriety that knitting provided “a meditative tool and a healing tool. It kept me busy.”
Now she’s working to share knitting as a healing practice across Ventura County through her non-profit organization Knitting in Recovery.

Find these Scarves!

Okay Ojai friends, this one is a two-fer!  Find these scarves!  We hid them somewhere around town.  Once you find them, take a picture of yourself knitting the scarf and post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #knittinginrecovery .  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram @knittinginrecovery to be automatically entered into a raffle for a yarn basket of your own.

Hint: You can get a double-shot of espresso and knitting at this location!

Once the scarf is finished, it will be donated to a local charity for our less fortunate community members.

Happy hunting!

Store Spotlight: Twist, Yarns of Intrigue

Knitting in Recovery has received so many generous donations from Twist, Yarns of Intrigue that we wanted to spotlight their amazing store!

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Twist storefront

Twist is based in Manhattan Beach, CA and run by Cathy Karen.  Karen studied fine art in the conceptual art department at UC Irvine before realizing her love of fiber art.  Karen refocused her studies and switched universities to enroll in one of the West Coast’s leading textile arts programs, and soon launched into a highly successful career in textile design and color consulting.  Now she uses her 30+ years of experience in art and color consulting to run her own yarn and textile boutique.

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The store boasts an impressive signature line of artisan yarns that are hand-spun and hand-dyed in-house by owner Cathy.  Cathy even offers dyed-to-order custom yarns.  Twist also has an amazing inventory of one-of-a-kind original yarns handmade by artisans around the world.  Their yarns come in a rich array of contemporary colors and fibers including organic cottons and wool, mohair, silk, cashmere, hemp, soy, and bamboo.

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Hand-dyed yarns on the drying rack.

One of the things that makes Twist stand out is their commitment to making a difference and improving the lives of people around the world.  In addition to donating to Knitting in Recovery, Twist also features a line of “yarns with conscious” made by women in Calcutta, South Africa, and Bolivia, the profits of which go back into the communities from which they came.  Check out their Giving Back page to view the full list of women and organizations that Twist supports.

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Donations to Knitting in Recovery come from Twist (brand new yarns) as well as from customers (unused stash, leftover yarns from projects).  Twist customers donate from the goodness of their hearts and receive nothing other than our thanks and heartfelt appreciation for their generosity.

Many heartfelt thanks to Cathy and Twist customers for their continued support of Knitting in Recovery.

Check out Twist for your next knitting or crochet project or to join a class at Twist and meet other crafters.

Twist, Yarns of Intrigue

226 S Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

310. 374. 7810

November @ Twist
OPEN Wednesday through Sunday!

  • Wednesday:      12 – 4+
  • Thursday:          12 – 4+
  • Friday:                12 – 4+
  • Saturday:           11 – 5+
  • Sunday:              12 – 4+

New Visions Clients Knit for Babies

Our clients at Turning Point Foundation’s New Visions Center in Ventura are some of the sweetest, most generous women we know!  They love knitting and crocheting projects to donate, particularly when it comes to babies.

One of Turning Point’s staff members recently had a baby, and our clients made these cozy knits for him.

Find this Basket!

Ok, Ojai friends, you know the drill.  Find this basket!  We hid it somewhere around town.  Once you find it, take a picture of yourself knitting the scarf and post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #knittinginrecovery .  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram @knittinginrecovery to be automatically entered into a raffle for a yarn basket of your own.

Hint: We’ll be sure to keep this basket’s whereabouts anonymous.

Once the scarf is finished, it will be donated to a local charity for our less fortunate community members.

Happy hunting!

Knitting in Recovery at Arts Stars Event

October 11, 2017- Knitting in Recovery was represented at the Ventura County Arts Council‘s (VCAC) Art Stars award ceremony.  VCAC’s mission is to advocate for artists and the arts across Ventura County.  The bi-annual Arts Stars award ceremony is VCAC’s way of honoring local organizations, government agencies, and business people that are exceptional advocates of the arts.

Knitting in Recovery staff were invited to attend the event for their phenomenal work using art as healing in the addiction/recovery, mental-health, homeless, and abuse survivor communities.

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Knitting in Recovery founder, Lise Solvang (L), and administrative assistant/social media expert, Emily Wages (R)
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Artist and poet, Kat, opened the night with her poem “Call me an Artist.”  Kat is a poet with Kidling Studios, which serves adult artists with special needs.  VCAC has partnered with Kindling Studios on several projects.
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Probation and Juvenile Hall receiving award for Community Support of the Arts.  Knitting in Recovery will be starting classes at the Juvenile Hall beginning in December.
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2017 Art Stars award recipients with one-of-a-kind awards from glass artist Aya Oki.

Many thanks to the Ventura County Arts Council for having us and to Levity Live for use of their venue and great service throughout the event.