Prototypes Art Blanket

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.

Prototypes Baby Blankets

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.

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Focus on the Masters Fundraiser

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.

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Knitting in Recovery was one of the organizations included in The Gift Shop.  Our clients were very excited to show and sell their work.

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The Blanket – Handmade Prayers

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24 HandMade Prayers become a beautiful Blanket consisting of knitted CareSquares in all shapes and sizes……(yes, all shapes and sizes:-)) and in array of colors and textures.  All the squares are crocheted together and finished with a beautiful crocheted trim around the whole blanket enveloping the warmth of all the squares.

The girls at Prototypes Women’s Center knit these prayers and donated the Blanket to Turning Point Foundation for the homeless.  In gratitude and wanting to be of service and help someone even less fortunate than themselves.

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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.

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Little HandMade Prayers all bundled up together for someone to lay under and feel Safe and Warm.

From:

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To:

turning point foundationPositive Places of Recovery for people disabled by mental illness

Emergency Shelter

Rehabilitation

Supported Housing

Prototypes Blanket Turning Point

Ribbons of Life – Knitting Our Lives Together

For BreastCancer

48 Survivor – Thrivers from Ribbons of Life Stitched together FOREVER

 

ROL Quilt at Faire Here is our beautiful finished knitted quilt displayed at the Ventura County Faire 2012. 48 Handmade Prayers TOGETHER.

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Here is how it started……balls of yarn in all arrays of pink……and knitting needles……

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Nobody knew how to knit, but all were willing to give it a go for the greater good……and to learn a new tool to aid in their own healing.

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Soon we were helping each other……

 

Grandma and Granddaughter

Grandmothers teach Granddaughters……

 

Chris and Lise

It gets really fun and funny……

Gillian

Comic relief from knitting with newly acquired wigs we all had to try on……

Lisa Baretto

And incorporating knitting into our lives, bringing it everywhere we go……ROL’s President Lisa Barreto says “Knitting is helping me relax and be productive at the same time. That includes in my doctors waiting room before being called to have my bandages removed. Thank you for helping me knit in recovery”……”After a while those doctor’s office magazines start to look the same. Why not pick up a ball of yarn, a couple of sticks and get stitching. If surgeons can stitch, why can’t I?”

 

Squares

And suddenly we had 48 CareSquares……ready to put together!

Finished Quilt

48 squares knitted by different hands, who had different battles to conquer, each unique to themselves, each stitch different……yet somehow it all comes together beautifully……

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because we did it TOGETHER……we are a community……and we enjoyed the JOURNEY of it all!

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Now we embroider the names of all the Survivor – Thrivers

ROL Quilt at Gratitude Breakfast

Ready to show it off…. at the monthly BreastFest!

Please contact Ribbons of Life for more information on their program. They are such an asset for our community in all that they do for those afflicted with breast cancer and their families.

And…… go get your annual mammogram

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.♥