Slippers from Prototypes

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.

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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Mermaid Blankets

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!

Yarn Donation from Terri!

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Knitting in Recovery teachers (and neighbors), Emily and Theresa, admiring the yarn and getting ready to take it to our clients.

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.

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Even our fur friends like yarn!  Emily’s dog, Bishop, helping sort yarn to go to New Visions and the Wellness Center.

Yarn Donation from Twist!

July 24, 2017-Knitting in Recovery received an awesome yarn donation from Twist: Yarns of Intrigue in Manhattan Beach.  The donation filled up an entire car!  The biggest of thank yous to Twist!  Our clients do great things with this yarn and getting new goodies in makes them feel very special.

Thanksgiving Newsletter 2016

Dear Friends!

What another year it has been for our “KNITTING IN RECOVERY – ONE STITCH AT A TIME” program. We continue to grow far beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Each and every one of you have been such an important part of our success and outreach.

Whether you have helped financially, donated yarn – crochet hooks – knitting needles, helped knit for the homeless and other shelters we serve, shared your precious time, given encouraging words and much needed wisdom…… know that it has helped us and motivated us in more ways than one. We cherish this work that not only aids in our clients’ healing, it also lifts us up in our continuous efforts to be of service and heal ourselves.

Knitting in Recovery (KIR) is now registered, trademarked and copyrighted. We are in the midst of editing our first book and training manual, and hope to finalize in the spring of 2017. The sooner, the better as we need to start training more teachers as our client list keeps growing.

New facilities we are serving are Juvenile Hall (Ventura County), County Teen Home (Ventura County), Evolve Treatment Center for Teens (Camarillo), Project Understanding (Ventura), The Wellness Center (Oxnard), and we continue to serve Prototypes Women’s
Center (Oxnard) and Turning Point Foundation–New Visions Center (Ventura).

At all these facilities our clients not only learn how to knit and crochet, we also integrate
them into the community. We put smiles on people’s faces as we “yarnbomb” and beautify the environment. We put on craft shows and fundraisers and a huge sense of belonging and contributing arises. We teach everyone to be of service and knit for someone even less fortunate. Being of service seems to be what the clients respond to most. Love has a way of doing that.

The list of organizations we have the pleasure of knitting for is growing as we grow: City
Center (Ventura), Friends of Fieldworkers (Ventura County), Help of Ojai, Humane Society (Ojai), Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Our Place Shelter (Ventura), Project Understanding (Ventura), Riverhaven (Ventura), Tender Life Maternity (Ventura), Veterans Home (Ventura). ……and 6 Shelters for battered women and their babies in Alaska. It is very very cold there, and they have very few resources!

Thank You again for being part of us and for your GRACE

Lise Solvang

Knitting in Recovery – 316 N. Rice Road, Ojai CA 93023 – lise@knittinginrecovery.com 310.561.7555