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.
Knitting in Recovery is currently at the Focus on the Masters Holiday Gift Shop.
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.
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.
We love getting yarn donations! Many thanks to Terri Nigro from Ventura County for this very generous donation. Once again, a donation that filled an entire car!
The yarn will be going to Prototypes, New Visions, The Wellness Center, Project Understanding, House of Hope as well as to Women in Recovery Knitting Groups who are knitting donations for our upcoming winter Season.
October, 2016–Ruthie Marks is a crochet designer with many books under her belt. She recently made a generous donation to Knitting in Recovery of yarn and her books. Staff at Turning Point Foundation’s New Visions center, New Visions clients, and Knitting in Recovery founder, Lise Solvang all crocheted the same shawl in different colors using Ruthie’s pattern.
Many thanks, Ruthie for sharing your passion with us! Thanks also to Basha Kooler, whom Ruthie has designed for and who donated the yarn to Ruthie to pass on to us.
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.
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.
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.
Adorable baby slippers by LaDonna
Plastic canvas baby photo album by Katherine
Baby outfit by LaDonna
Original hat pattern by LaDonna
Beautiful blanket by Katherine
The most cheerful pillow by Charmane
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.
Katherine’s student, entering her first blanket in the Ventura County Fair.