This year for Independence Day, Ojai’s knitters and crocheters came together to yarn bomb our own Lady Liberty. This act of community was our small way to knit the country whole again during this divisive time. Many thanks to Book Ends for collaborating with us on this project.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Ojai, Knitting in Recovery was able to partner with Chaparral High School in Ojai to start a knitting and crochet class. We had a full class of both boys and girls, and everybody participated to the fullest. They learned to crochet, and some of the students, boys as well as girls, took their hooks and yarn with them home to continue working on their project.
For their final project, the class worked as a group to yarn-bomb for their graduation ceremony!
They crocheted beautiful vines and made pom-poms in an array of sizes and in all hues of oranges and greens.
The tree right by the stage was wrapped in a crocheted green and white blanket appliquéd with bright orange knitted squares. All the branches of the tree were dripping with pom-pom flowers and pom-pom fruit. Even in the top of tops there were pom-poms, as some of the boys had really good aim. I think that was their favorite part, and they took great pride in getting them “just right.”
It made for a bright and festive addition and decoration to the wonderful Graduation Ceremony!
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.
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.
Amazing drawings from one of our talented clients at House of Hope.
Sweet star baby blanket from LaDonna at New Visions.
Emily Wages displaying artwork from New Visions and House of Hope
Emily Wages displaying artwork from our talented clients from House of Hope and New Visions.
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.
The Knitting in Recovery ladies at New Visions had another great year at the Ventura County Fair! Katherine, Charmane, and LaDonna each entered several pieces and each were awarded multiple ribbons (1sts, 2nds, and 3rds) along with many honorable mentions by the judges for their exceptional work.
Adorable baby slippers by LaDonna
Plastic canvas baby photo album by Katherine
Baby outfit by LaDonna
Original hat pattern by LaDonna
Beautiful blanket by Katherine
The most cheerful pillow by Charmane
The ladies look forward to the fair all year and receive a great sense of pride from showing their work alongside their fellow knitters and crocheters across the county. LaDonna has the longest standing history of entering things in the fair–this was her twenty-eighth consecutive year entering. Next year she plans on making a tapestry with all of her fair ribbons from the course of her career and entering that in the 2018 fair.
Aside from her ribbons, Katherine also had a big fair accomplishment. Katherine has recently taken on teaching Knitting in Recovery classes at Castillo del Sol-Quality of Life. One of her students entered the very first blanket she had ever crocheted in the fair this year.
Katherine’s student, entering her first blanket in the Ventura County Fair.
We received a wonderful Yarn Donation from Basha Kooler, Kooler Designs and Ruthie Marks Crochet Pattern Book! Ladonna crocheted this beautiful Wrap for Turning Point’s Program Manager Kalie from one of the designs!
Thank You so much, Basha and Ruthie, with people like you life is beautiful!
I love this beautiful Crocheted Granny Square Cross made by Velya at Project Understand in Ventura!
Christine, Velya and Nyela at First Friday Ventura
Surprise Birthday Party for me, from the Turning Point Clients! So much FUN! They made me this fabulous Poncho and Hat, decorated our room and served tea and muffins! I can’t tell you all how much I love them. They make my life so rich!
And here is a fabulous knit beanie with braids by Chamane and modeled by Kathy!