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.
One of our clients at Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard made these comfy slippers for her whole family.
This client just learned to knit. She wanted to make slippers, so she figured out a pattern for these. Each pair took her just an evening to make, so she was able to make them for all of her family members.
After long days of group therapy, job searching, and re-educating herself, knitting is a nice way for her to wind down and knit as a way to help heal strained family bonds.
One of our clients from Prototypes Women’s Center crocheted this free-form art blanket. She used a very mindful, meditative process. She worked with whatever yarn was available to her and made the most of it, letting the pattern unfold as seemed fit in the moment.
Our client crocheted this blanket for herself and her children as a way to heal her relationship with her kids, stitching everyone back together, safe and warm under one blanket.
This is what Knitting in Recovery does: uses knitting and crochet to help our clients make and maintain positive changes in their lives. It is a beautiful thing when we can see our mission being fulfilled so clearly.
One of our clients at Prototypes Women’s Center crocheted these beautiful baby blankets. We know her little one will be nice and cozy in these. And these blankets are all the more special since they were handmade with love and care.
While beanies, blankets, and scarves are always a classic knitting or crochet project, sometimes you have to mix it up a bit. Our clients at Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard recently made some very fun, very on-trend mermaid blankets! We love the creativity, joy, and magic that this project inspires.
That variegated blue yarn looks just like scales! Love it!
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.
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.
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!