#Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

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Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

There are many worthy organizations, but one of the best ways to make the most impact is in your own community.  Like choosing to shop locally, giving locally helps small non-profits directly serve the needs of your community members.

This Giving Tuesday, please consider making a one-time or recurring donation to Knitting in Recovery.  Donations will go toward purchasing yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for our clients, paying our teachers to continue administering kind instruction to our clients, and providing employment for a client at our storefront in the Pacific View Mall.

Donations can also be made in someone’s honor and given as a gift.

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If you would like to donate, click here or follow the “Donate” link on the left-hand side of the blog.  If you are making a donation in someone else’s name and would like the “A gift has been made in your honor” card seen above, please email emily@knittinginrecovery.com.

Find these Scarves!

Okay Ojai friends, this one is a two-fer!  Find these scarves!  We hid them somewhere around town.  Once you find them, take a picture of yourself knitting the scarf and post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #knittinginrecovery .  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram @knittinginrecovery to be automatically entered into a raffle for a yarn basket of your own.

Hint: You can get a double-shot of espresso and knitting at this location!

Once the scarf is finished, it will be donated to a local charity for our less fortunate community members.

Happy hunting!

Community Scarf Baskets, Oct 2016

October, 2016, Knitting in Recovery began another round of community scarf baskets in Ojai.  Baskets of yarn and knitting needles were placed in various locations around town along with instructions for the public to join in and help knit scarves for those in need.

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There were ten scarf baskets, each with its own coordinating colors of yarn.

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Together we were able to create some very unique, collaborative scarves that were donated to local shelters to keep people warm during the colder months and make them feel loved during the holiday season.

Holiday Donations 2016

A major part of Knitting in Recovery’s program is to be of service to others.  It strengthens our community, focuses attention outward, and brings a sense of satisfaction to know that you are helping someone else.

This year for the holidays, men and women from Knotty Knitters of Anacapa, BookEnds Knitters in Ojai, and Knitting in Recovery clients at New Visions, Project Understanding, and Prototypes all participated in knitting and crocheting for charity.

The knitters’ gorgeous goods were sent to Help for Ojai, Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Our Place Shelter (Ventura), Tender Life Maternity Home (Ventura), Veterans Home (Ventura), and Shelters for Abused Women and Children in Alaska.

We hope that everyone who received these gifts feels safe, warm, and loved when they wear them, knowing that someone from Knitting in Recovery cares about their health and well-being.

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Baby clothes
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All things baby: baby clothes, baby booties, and baby blankets
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There are going to be some very stylish and warm babies out there.
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Beanies and scarves
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Even more beanies and scarves–always needed.
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Super cozy and colorful blankets

Project Understanding Knitting for Mother’s Day

Another wonderful Fundraising Event with Project Understanding and First Friday in Ventura, California. We have knitters and crocheters ranging from 8 – 60 years old. They are fabulous, and what a special community we have created with our coming together to knit and crochets. Healing, Smiles, Joy, Laughter all around. And we get to share our beautiful work, raise funds for Project Understanding and ourselves at the same time!

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!

Ventura ArtWalk and Knitting Installation……for a Purpose

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YARNBOMBING, ARTWALK, KNITTING FOR THE HOMELESS……

What a Great Community Event we had here in Ventura California!

WE DID IT:-)
Here is what we accomplished in 10 days……
We asked for 12×12 knitted or crocheted squares
One Square……becomes 50 in a week……becomes 150 in 10days……becomes a Communty Patchwork Quilt installed on Michele Chapin’s Fence in time for the ArtWalk……to later become blankets for our homeless♥
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……and Prayer Flags blowing the wind……
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After our Community Patchwork Quilt Installation……out of the blue arrives the YarnBombers from Ojai……to add to this FiberFest and colorful Extravaganza in time for the annual ArtWalk……

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I guess they were caught by the local police, but hopefully no harm done in beautifying the world a little……
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XOXOXOXOXOXO back to you WE LOVE YOU

 

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And after all the excitement and fun, Scot and I got to show our work among hundreds of other artists in Ventura. The town was buzzing with art, color, music, food……the whole community in support of the importance of All the Arts.

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It’s a Happy Time!

The Blanket – Handmade Prayers

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24 HandMade Prayers become a beautiful Blanket consisting of knitted CareSquares in all shapes and sizes……(yes, all shapes and sizes:-)) and in array of colors and textures.  All the squares are crocheted together and finished with a beautiful crocheted trim around the whole blanket enveloping the warmth of all the squares.

The girls at Prototypes Women’s Center knit these prayers and donated the Blanket to Turning Point Foundation for the homeless.  In gratitude and wanting to be of service and help someone even less fortunate than themselves.

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There is a lot of love in each of these squares, along with the courage it takes for these women to conquer something new, the peace and healing that follows when they fall into a rhythm with their hands and their hearts.  The joy and laughter and shared stories that arise when we are in this room together for this one single hour.  All this transcends into the square, and then connecting them all together…all the different women, all the different yarns, all the different colors, all the different shapes and sizes……into one Blanket.

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Little HandMade Prayers all bundled up together for someone to lay under and feel Safe and Warm.

From:

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To:

turning point foundationPositive Places of Recovery for people disabled by mental illness

Emergency Shelter

Rehabilitation

Supported Housing

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