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.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence thrives when we are silent, but together we can speak up and end domestic violence.

Many of Knitting in Recovery’s clients have been through domestic or sexual violence during their lives.  For some, the physical and mental health issues associated with violence are what they are trying to recover from with the help of our program.  For others, domestic violence has led to substance abuse as a way to self-medicate and cope with past trauma.

One of the facilities where Knitting in Recovery is active is House of Hope in Ojai.  House of Hope provides a safe home for children between the ages of 12-17 that have been sexually exploited or abused.

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Our clients at House of Hope made this pom pom wall hanging in various shades of purple, the official color of domestic violence awareness.

You can support National Domestic Violence Awareness by wearing purple during October and speaking up about why you care about ending domestic violence.

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!