Knitting in Recovery Featured in Ojai Valley News

Knitting in Recovery is featured in today’s Ojai Valley News!  Our fabulous founder, Lise Solvang was interviewed by journalist, Andra Belknap.  A snipet of the story can be read below, but we would love it if someone could snag a copy of the paper for us and send us a picture of the article.

Thanks, Ojai Valley News:

Woman finds a purl of an idea to help those in recovery help others

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Meiners Oaks resident Lise Solvang believes knitting saved her life.
She found in the early days of her sobriety that knitting provided “a meditative tool and a healing tool. It kept me busy.”
Now she’s working to share knitting as a healing practice across Ventura County through her non-profit organization Knitting in Recovery.

Knitting in Recovery Featured at Event for Ventura County Family Justice Center

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On August 30 and 31, 2017, art from Knitting in Recovery was featured at an event for the Ventura County Family Justice Center Initiative.

Michael Jump of the District Attorney’s office for Ventura County is leading the initiative to create a Family Justice Center (FJC) in Ventura.  The mission of FJCs is to support individuals that are victims of domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, or elder abuse and their families.  FJCs integrate government services, non-profit organizations, local law enforcement, civil legal assistance, and other victim advocacy needs in one location to ease access to these services.  The August event was a 2-day planning session with representatives from various county agencies that work with families in crisis.

Art from Knitting in Recovery was showcased at this event as a physical testimonial of the benefits of the arts, mindfulness, and community for people in or recovering from crisis.

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Pom pom wall hanging.  Pom poms from girls at House of Hope, a safe-house for teen girls who have experienced sexual exploitation or abuse.  Assembled by Emily Wages.  Pom poms were made in shades of purple, the official color for domestic abuse.
Emily Wages displaying artwork from our talented clients from House of Hope and New Visions.

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The finished display before moving into the conference hall for the event.

Knitting in Recovery would like to thank Mike Jump and his associates for giving us the opportunity to showcase the wonderful work we are doing and the talent of our clients.  We would also like to thank the Ventura County Arts Council for acting as the liaison between Knitting in Recovery and Mr. Jump and for so thoughtfully displaying the work.

Allers Magazine – Norway

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The Norwegian Magazine Allers just published an article on my life focusing on the journey of Hope, Healing, Recovery and a Joy for Life!

What a beautiful response from people far and wide being inspired to talk about either being an alcoholic or having loved ones struggling with the disease. There is hope!

……and I love that women are using the theme of “Knitting in Recovery – One Stitch at a Time” in their knitting groups!