Yarn Bombing Lady Liberty

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This year for Independence Day, Ojai’s knitters and crocheters came together to yarn bomb our own Lady Liberty.  This act of community was our small way to knit the country whole again during this divisive time.  Many thanks to Book Ends for collaborating with us on this project.

Chaparral High School Yarn Bombs Graduation 2017

PomPoms and Garlands Chaparral

Thanks to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Ojai, Knitting in Recovery was able to partner with Chaparral High School in Ojai to start a knitting and crochet class.  We had a full class of both boys and girls, and everybody participated to the fullest. They learned to crochet, and some of the students, boys as well as girls, took their hooks and yarn with them home to continue working on their project.

For their final project, the class worked as a group to yarn-bomb for their graduation ceremony!

They crocheted beautiful vines and made pom-poms in an array of sizes and in all hues of oranges and greens.

The tree right by the stage was wrapped in a crocheted green and white blanket appliquéd with bright orange knitted squares. All the branches of the tree were dripping with pom-pom flowers and pom-pom fruit. Even in the top of tops there were pom-poms, as some of the boys had really good aim. I think that was their favorite part, and they took great pride in getting them “just right.”

Graduation Chaparral
It made for a bright and festive addition and decoration to the wonderful Graduation Ceremony!

Knitting in Recovery Featured at Event for Ventura County Family Justice Center

Family Justice Center Initiative

On August 30 and 31, 2017, art from Knitting in Recovery was featured at an event for the Ventura County Family Justice Center Initiative.

Michael Jump of the District Attorney’s office for Ventura County is leading the initiative to create a Family Justice Center (FJC) in Ventura.  The mission of FJCs is to support individuals that are victims of domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, or elder abuse and their families.  FJCs integrate government services, non-profit organizations, local law enforcement, civil legal assistance, and other victim advocacy needs in one location to ease access to these services.  The August event was a 2-day planning session with representatives from various county agencies that work with families in crisis.

Art from Knitting in Recovery was showcased at this event as a physical testimonial of the benefits of the arts, mindfulness, and community for people in or recovering from crisis.

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Pom pom wall hanging.  Pom poms from girls at House of Hope, a safe-house for teen girls who have experienced sexual exploitation or abuse.  Assembled by Emily Wages.  Pom poms were made in shades of purple, the official color for domestic abuse.
Emily Wages displaying artwork from our talented clients from House of Hope and New Visions.

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The finished display before moving into the conference hall for the event.

Knitting in Recovery would like to thank Mike Jump and his associates for giving us the opportunity to showcase the wonderful work we are doing and the talent of our clients.  We would also like to thank the Ventura County Arts Council for acting as the liaison between Knitting in Recovery and Mr. Jump and for so thoughtfully displaying the work.

Knitting in Recovery at the Ventura County Fair 2017

The Knitting in Recovery ladies at New Visions had another great year at the Ventura County Fair!  Katherine, Charmane, and LaDonna each entered several pieces and each were awarded multiple ribbons (1sts, 2nds, and 3rds) along with many honorable mentions by the judges for their exceptional work.

The ladies look forward to the fair all year and receive a great sense of pride from showing their work alongside their fellow knitters and crocheters across the county.  LaDonna has the longest standing history of entering things in the fair–this was her twenty-eighth consecutive year entering.  Next year she plans on making a tapestry with all of her fair ribbons from the course of her career and entering that in the 2018 fair.

Aside from her ribbons, Katherine also had a big fair accomplishment.  Katherine has recently taken on teaching Knitting in Recovery classes at Castillo del Sol-Quality of Life.  One of her students entered the very first blanket she had ever crocheted in the fair this year.

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Katherine’s student, entering her first blanket in the Ventura County Fair.

Thanksgiving Newsletter 2016

Dear Friends!

What another year it has been for our “KNITTING IN RECOVERY – ONE STITCH AT A TIME” program. We continue to grow far beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Each and every one of you have been such an important part of our success and outreach.

Whether you have helped financially, donated yarn – crochet hooks – knitting needles, helped knit for the homeless and other shelters we serve, shared your precious time, given encouraging words and much needed wisdom…… know that it has helped us and motivated us in more ways than one. We cherish this work that not only aids in our clients’ healing, it also lifts us up in our continuous efforts to be of service and heal ourselves.

Knitting in Recovery (KIR) is now registered, trademarked and copyrighted. We are in the midst of editing our first book and training manual, and hope to finalize in the spring of 2017. The sooner, the better as we need to start training more teachers as our client list keeps growing.

New facilities we are serving are Juvenile Hall (Ventura County), County Teen Home (Ventura County), Evolve Treatment Center for Teens (Camarillo), Project Understanding (Ventura), The Wellness Center (Oxnard), and we continue to serve Prototypes Women’s
Center (Oxnard) and Turning Point Foundation–New Visions Center (Ventura).

At all these facilities our clients not only learn how to knit and crochet, we also integrate
them into the community. We put smiles on people’s faces as we “yarnbomb” and beautify the environment. We put on craft shows and fundraisers and a huge sense of belonging and contributing arises. We teach everyone to be of service and knit for someone even less fortunate. Being of service seems to be what the clients respond to most. Love has a way of doing that.

The list of organizations we have the pleasure of knitting for is growing as we grow: City
Center (Ventura), Friends of Fieldworkers (Ventura County), Help of Ojai, Humane Society (Ojai), Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Our Place Shelter (Ventura), Project Understanding (Ventura), Riverhaven (Ventura), Tender Life Maternity (Ventura), Veterans Home (Ventura). ……and 6 Shelters for battered women and their babies in Alaska. It is very very cold there, and they have very few resources!

Thank You again for being part of us and for your GRACE

Lise Solvang

Knitting in Recovery – 316 N. Rice Road, Ojai CA 93023 – lise@knittinginrecovery.com 310.561.7555