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.

Pussyhats for International Women’s Day

March 8–In honor of International Women’s Day, Knitting in Recovery and Cattywampus Crafts hosted a knit-in.  Women and children came throughout the day (and for several days thereafter) and knit and crocheted 100 pussyhats.

The hats were donated to Planned Parenthood for their fundraiser in April.

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Pussyhats for Women’s March

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After the 2016 election, (and certain conversations with Billy Bush) women across the nation started knitting and crocheting bright pink beanies with two angular cat ears in anticipation of wearing them at the March on Washington aka Women’s March on Inauguration Day. These neon feline hats are called pussyhats.  According to the founders of the movement, “The idea is both a play on pussyhat, pussycat, and also references the hot mic from the Access Hollywood video. It does reference Donald Trump and those comments, but it’s also so much more.  It’s reappropriating the word ‘pussy’ in a positive way. It’s a pussyhat — one word. This is a project about women supporting women.”

The pussyhat is a symbol of support and solidarity for women’s rights and political resistance. “If everyone at the march wears a pink hat, the crowd will be a sea of pink, showing that we stand together, united,” reads the Pussyhat Project website.

Women who could not attend the march in DC on Inauguration day were also encouraged to knit or crochet pussyhats to send to marchers, which broadened the scope of the activism around the project.

Knitting in Recovery volunteers and our clients from New Visions and Project Understanding knit and crocheted around 40 hats.  The hats were then gifted to Kristin, a friend of Knitting in Recovery’s founder, who then took the hats with her to Washington DC and handed them out to marchers at the Inauguration Day march.

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Kristin and her daughter, Violet, even made the local paper in their pussyhats for the attendance of the DC march

Simultaneous marches were held around the world for those who could not attend the Women’s March in DC.

Knitting in Recovery founder, Lise Solvang, even took some pussyhats with her to her sister’s small town in Norway, where local residents marched.  There was an even larger march in Oslo, Norway.

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Locals in Norway donning their pussyhats in solidarity with American women protesting Donald Trump’s misogyny