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.
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.
One of our ladies, Velya, at Project Understanding is an expert crocheter. She comes up with the cutest, most adorable little animals! Crochet has been a very helpful coping strategy for her and her amazing work will soon be featured in our upcoming Knitting in Recovery Etsy Shop!
A wonderful woman knit this beautiful chenille blanket and donated to one of our Fundraisers for Project Understanding. The lucky and very happy recipient was our very own crocheter, who had been eyeing it all evening long! A lot of LOVE in that Blanket!
One of our young and brand new crocheters from Project Understanding came to class and had made this at home! All I had taught her was chain stitch, single crochet and double crochet. She figured out how to design clothes all by herself. A natural talent!
Another wonderful Fundraising Event with Project Understanding and First Friday in Ventura, California. We have knitters and crocheters ranging from 8 – 60 years old. They are fabulous, and what a special community we have created with our coming together to knit and crochets. Healing, Smiles, Joy, Laughter all around. And we get to share our beautiful work, raise funds for Project Understanding and ourselves at the same time!
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!