Donation from Twist Yarns of Intrigue

Knitting in Recovery just received yet another generous donation of tons of gorgeous, soft, and cozy yarn from Twist Yarns of Intrigue in Manhattan Beach.  We are so grateful to have such selfless community members supporting our program.

Just like any knitter or crocheter, our clients love getting new yarn.  Every time we bring in a donation, it’s like Christmas for them.  This time, some of the yarn from the donation might just be used for Christmas and holiday presents!  One of the best parts of Knitting in Recovery is that yarn donated to our clients is often used to make hats, scarves, and blankets that are then donated to others less fortunate.  It really is a community-strengthening process that spreads love to all it touches.

Many thanks again to Twist Yarns of Intrigue for the donation.

Project Understanding Easter Knits

We had such a fabulous time knitting and crocheting for Project Understanding’s Easter Fundraiser. They did AMAZING and raised money for the Program as well for themselves!

Giving and Receiving……and Giving again

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I have been teaching knitting to the women of Prototypes for a couple of years now, and my supplies are starting to run way low.  Being resourceful and always finding ways to use what I have, doesn’t really work when you are trying to teach a certain skill.  Sometimes I do need specific needles for specific yarns.

My friends and local community have been so helpful donating their “way in the back of the closet bags of yarn”, but now it was time to  broaden my horizon write an ad in search of yarn and knitting supplies for non-profits.  It has always been very hard for me to ask for anything to help myself or any of my endeavors, but now is the time to learn, for this is a cause worthy.

I posted my ad on Craigslist stating that the donation goes towards helping women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, and very quickly got a response.  I met up with Dorisa before I was to teach at Prototypes.  She very humbly came outside to meet me and gave me bags and bags of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks……all things from her late mother who had passed away 5 years earlier almost to the day.  It had taken her all this time to get ready to let go of this very big part of her mom, and it was a very emotional moment.  She was however very curious about the work we were doing, who was being helped and how.  After talking for awhile, hearing part of her story and sharing ours, a light started shining in her eyes.  She invited us in.  Something new.  Very proud and very happy to contribute and be a part of doing what she can in helping other women she knows all too well.  Healing through giving to others and healing by letting her mom’s knitting legacy live on.

This is how it works….

I needed help, you helped me, both of us eternally uplifted in ways we cannot

possibly even imagine, and the grace continues to spread out further and reach more and more people.

I learned a valuable lesson!  It’s good to ask for help, it allows for miracles to happen.

And the women at Prototypes were so HAPPY to see new colors…..all the different shades of red, pink and green gets boring after week 12……now we have blues, purples and browns to add to our collection:-)

All of us forever touched by Dorisa.