Giving and Receiving……and Giving again

Prototypes Logo

I have been teaching knitting to the women of Prototypes for a couple of years now, and my supplies are starting to run way low.  Being resourceful and always finding ways to use what I have, doesn’t really work when you are trying to teach a certain skill.  Sometimes I do need specific needles for specific yarns.

My friends and local community have been so helpful donating their “way in the back of the closet bags of yarn”, but now it was time to  broaden my horizon write an ad in search of yarn and knitting supplies for non-profits.  It has always been very hard for me to ask for anything to help myself or any of my endeavors, but now is the time to learn, for this is a cause worthy.

I posted my ad on Craigslist stating that the donation goes towards helping women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, and very quickly got a response.  I met up with Dorisa before I was to teach at Prototypes.  She very humbly came outside to meet me and gave me bags and bags of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks……all things from her late mother who had passed away 5 years earlier almost to the day.  It had taken her all this time to get ready to let go of this very big part of her mom, and it was a very emotional moment.  She was however very curious about the work we were doing, who was being helped and how.  After talking for awhile, hearing part of her story and sharing ours, a light started shining in her eyes.  She invited us in.  Something new.  Very proud and very happy to contribute and be a part of doing what she can in helping other women she knows all too well.  Healing through giving to others and healing by letting her mom’s knitting legacy live on.

This is how it works….

I needed help, you helped me, both of us eternally uplifted in ways we cannot

possibly even imagine, and the grace continues to spread out further and reach more and more people.

I learned a valuable lesson!  It’s good to ask for help, it allows for miracles to happen.

And the women at Prototypes were so HAPPY to see new colors…..all the different shades of red, pink and green gets boring after week 12……now we have blues, purples and browns to add to our collection:-)

All of us forever touched by Dorisa.

96 HandMade Prayers

Blue Blanket

Our group Women in Recovery meet once a week here in Ojai and are so lucky to have the great privilege of knitting for the homeless. We have started a wonderful relationship with the Turning Point Foundation who tend to the homeless in Ventura County. They have numerous successful programs in helping and helping solve our ever growing homeless population.  In these uncertain times we should all ask ourselves “Who are the Homeless?”, we probably don’t have to go far or look far to find some answers.

Some of us women who are in recovery have been there ourselves, and know all too well what it takes to help heal our lives back together.  So we do what we can do……knit CareSquares……96 Care Squares to be exact.

This became our first beautiful blanket consisting of knitted and crocheted squares in all shapes and sizes……(yes, all shapes and sizes:-)) and this time in an array of shades of blue.  All the squares are crocheted together and finished with a beautiful crocheted trim around the whole blanket.

There is a lot of love in each of these squares, along with the courage it takes for these women to conquer something new, the peace and healing that follows when they fall into a rhythm with their hands and their hearts.  The joy and laughter and shared stories that arise when we are in this room together for this one single hour.  All this transcends into the square, and then connecting them all together… all the different women, all the different yarns, all the different colors, all the different shapes and sizes……into one…..blanket.

Little Handmade Prayers all together for someone to lay under and feel safe and warm.♥