Thank You to Luanne Pontbriant and Jacquie Lober for helping to sort, write cards and package all the knit and crochet donations to the various shelters and programs we have adopted. We delivered to Help of Ojai, Project Understanding, Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Casa Serena and several shelters in Alaska and Canada.
Lots of nice fuzzy, warm knits with lots of love in every stitch!
So proud of my wonderful clients who won ribbons for their crochet and knit items at the Ventura County Fair 2015.
Here is Luanne Pontbriant who knit and designed her first shrug, and it won First Prize. Luanne got a Blue Ribbon!
And here is Ladonna from Turning Point Foundation and the New Visions program, who won Second Prize for her beautiful crocheted Baby Dress. She got a Red Ribbon!
……And Ladonna also won Second Prize and a red Ribbon for her crocheted Baby Booties!
Congratulations Girls! You are amazing!
This is one of my favorite Baby Blankets that is being sent to the women and children in Shelters in Alaska and British Columbia that our Women in Recovery group has adopted
Knitted with the Loving Hands and Tender Heart of Luanne Pontbriant, some little baby will be very safe, warm and extra loved!
It was great to have some of us knitting girls back together again……knitting for a new cause!
This year we will make sure all our homeless in Ojai who visit the shelters during the winter months will receive a hand knit scarf and hat……with a special note from the lady who knit them. A little love goes way beyond what we can imagine! The churches that shelter our homeless will receive blankets the residents can use there. So we are keeping our little hands busy……all the time healing ourselves as we continue on our own journey. We laugh, We cry, We’re silly, We’re serious, We share, We eat, We take care of each other!
……you gotta love it when one of the ladies’ teenage son hangs out with us……I think he can feel the peace and the joy!
My Dear Scot……making sure we are fed and happy……delicious barbecued hamburgers with ALL the fixings!
My Norwegian friend gifted me this beautiful piece……perfect as our Ojai Knitting Group CenterPiece!!!!!!
My good friend Singer/Songwriter Lisa Barbee, who is also a part of our Tuesday Women’s Knitting in Recovery Group, was inspired to write about What we do, Why we do it and How it works……symbiotically for everyone:-)
Here we are as little elves performing at the Variety Show at the Ojai Valley Alano Club!
“One Stitch at a Time”
The Knitting Song, by Lisa Barbee October 2012
1. “One Stitch at a Time”, With each Purl you Knit your Life, Creating for you Peace of Mind, Hands reveal Pictures and Lines
Control is an elusive Dream, Powerless to Hold, Try to Balance on the Seam, Release your Grip to Flow
2. Letting Go can set you Free, Your Will to Leave Behind, Living Service is the Key, The Promises to Find
3. When your Needles find the Skein, Beginning something New, Your Eyes will start to See the Change, With Hands you’ll Follow Through
4. Focusing on Others now, Providing Basic Needs, We get to Show each other How, Examples Help to Plant the Seeds
Here are some of the FABULOUS women belonging to the Tuesday Night “One Stitch at a Time” group at the Ojai Valley Alano Club. We’re all wearing some of the items we have knit for our annual donation to the homeless in our community. It’s a FUN bunch, and how lucky are we to have a place to go to, to belong to. A place we can safely continue our own recovery and healing. A place we can come together and knit, share, laugh……for ourselves, for others and for a higher purpose.
This year is our third annual donation to The Turning Point Foundation serving the growing homeless population in Ventura County and who creates
Positive places of recovery for people disabled by mental illness
We’re also so happy to have knit hats for the cancer patients at Ventura County Hospital – Hematology and Oncology Center. Thank You to the amazing nurses for their endless compassionate work. They surely keep their patients hearts warm, and we can help keep their heads warm:-)
I want to also bring attention to the AMAZING girls at Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard where I teach knitting and crocheting every week. They all got together and surprised me with countless knitted and crocheted CareSquares for the blankets and scarves we donate to Turning Point Foundation. Their lives are so full working on getting back on track and back into society in a healthy way again, and yet they feel the need to already give back and be of service to someone even less fortunate than they are. Given the chance and opportunity I think we all innately feel the need to be of service to another, I think it is part of our essence.
To all the women at the Ojai Valley Alano Club and Prototypes Women’s Center
THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO
THE WORLD IS A LITTLE WARMER BECAUSE OF YOU