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 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.

Worldwide Knit in Public Day 2016

June 18, 2016–Many thanks to everyone who came out to join us for our second annual celebration of Worldwide Knit in Public Day!

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This year, we were graced with the presence of the longest crochet chain in the world, weighing in at 200lbs!  Thanks, Abby Niederhauser, for creating and sharing such a feat!

We are so grateful that so many community members came out to join us.  This event is always a great way to meet your neighbors, share what you know, learn from others, and spread joy!  And of course you could win great raffle prizes!

Finally, a big thanks to BookEnds Bookstore for hosting this event.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Focus on the Masters Fundraiser

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.

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Knitting in Recovery was one of the organizations included in The Gift Shop.  Our clients were very excited to show and sell their work.

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Pussyhats for International Women’s Day

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.

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Pussyhats for Women’s March

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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.

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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.

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Locals in Norway donning their pussyhats in solidarity with American women protesting Donald Trump’s misogyny

 

Worldwide Knit in Public Day 2017

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.

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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.

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Many thanks to BookEnds Bookstore for hosting this event and for all our participants for celebrating with us!