#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.

New Visions Clients Knit for Babies

Our clients at Turning Point Foundation’s New Visions Center in Ventura are some of the sweetest, most generous women we know!  They love knitting and crocheting projects to donate, particularly when it comes to babies.

One of Turning Point’s staff members recently had a baby, and our clients made these cozy knits for him.

Slippers from Prototypes

One of our clients at Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard made these comfy slippers for her whole family.

This client just learned to knit.  She wanted to make slippers, so she figured out a pattern for these.  Each pair took her just an evening to make, so she was able to make them for all of her family members.

After long days of group therapy, job searching, and re-educating herself, knitting is a nice way for her to wind down and knit as a way to help heal strained family bonds.

Ribbons Won at Ventura County Fair 2016

Wonderful clients from Turning Point Foundations New Visions Rehabilitation program all won Ribbons at the Ventura County Fair this year. There were Blue Ribbons for First Prize, Red Ribbons for Second Prize and a slew of Honorable Mention Ribbons!

Congratulations Girls! You Rock! So proud of you!

Ribbon Prizes at Ventura County Fair

Luanne's Blue Ribbon Shrug

So proud of my wonderful clients who won ribbons for their crochet and knit items at the Ventura County Fair 2015.

Here is Luanne Pontbriant who knit and designed her first shrug, and it won First Prize. Luanne got a Blue Ribbon!

LaDonna's Red Ribbon Dress

And here is Ladonna from Turning Point Foundation and the New Visions program, who won Second Prize for her beautiful crocheted Baby Dress.                                                            She got a Red Ribbon!

LaDonna's Red Ribbon Booties

……And Ladonna also won Second Prize and a red Ribbon for her crocheted Baby Booties!

Congratulations Girls! You are amazing!

Allers Magazine – Norway

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The Norwegian Magazine Allers just published an article on my life focusing on the journey of Hope, Healing, Recovery and a Joy for Life!

What a beautiful response from people far and wide being inspired to talk about either being an alcoholic or having loved ones struggling with the disease. There is hope!

……and I love that women are using the theme of “Knitting in Recovery – One Stitch at a Time” in their knitting groups!

From Hands to Heart

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After a short break of not teaching knitting to the girls at Prototypes over the summer, I was finally back. Back to some familiar faces, a lot of new faces, missing some of the old faces……but most of all back to this wonderful energy that envelopes the room as our hands start moving again, together, and our fingers start dancing around knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn. And I remember. I remember why I love this so much, why I do this, how I do this.

We have 7 Chakras and 5 of are directly connected to our senses. The Hands are the Motor Organ to one of our senses, Touch, which is an extension of our Heart Chakra.

The holiness of any handwork aids in the opening of the heart chakra.  Knitting happens to be one of very few things that is best learned one-on-one in person.  I interweave my hands with one girl at a time, guide her into a timeless motion that is to be repeated hundreds, thousands, hopefully millions of times into the future.  I literally hold her hand through the struggle and fight of “getting it right” as we so repeatedly do in life.

So used to priding ourselves on our self-sufficiency, we normally cut ourselves off from this shared source of abundant wisdom and help that others are willing to give us.  Here, the communal circle allows us to do our own heart work, the work of healing our selves and each other.  This state of openness transcends our own ego boundaries as it allows us to stay out of our judging minds, even for a little while as we create something that is our own.

I knit to meditate, to quiet myself, to reach transcendence, to create art, to play, to touch, to heal.

From My Hands to Your Heart