48 Survivor – Thrivers from Ribbons of Life Stitched together FOREVER
Here is our beautiful finished knitted quilt displayed at the Ventura County Faire 2012. 48 Handmade Prayers TOGETHER.
Here is how it started……balls of yarn in all arrays of pink……and knitting needles……
Nobody knew how to knit, but all were willing to give it a go for the greater good……and to learn a new tool to aid in their own healing.
Soon we were helping each other……
Grandmothers teach Granddaughters……
It gets really fun and funny……
Comic relief from knitting with newly acquired wigs we all had to try on……
And incorporating knitting into our lives, bringing it everywhere we go……ROL’s President Lisa Barreto says “Knitting is helping me relax and be productive at the same time. That includes in my doctors waiting room before being called to have my bandages removed. Thank you for helping me knit in recovery”……”After a while those doctor’s office magazines start to look the same. Why not pick up a ball of yarn, a couple of sticks and get stitching. If surgeons can stitch, why can’t I?”
And suddenly we had 48 CareSquares……ready to put together!
48 squares knitted by different hands, who had different battles to conquer, each unique to themselves, each stitch different……yet somehow it all comes together beautifully……
because we did it TOGETHER……we are a community……and we enjoyed the JOURNEY of it all!
Now we embroider the names of all the Survivor – Thrivers
Ready to show it off…. at the monthly BreastFest!
Please contact Ribbons of Life for more information on their program. They are such an asset for our community in all that they do for those afflicted with breast cancer and their families.
And…… go get your annual mammogram
My good friend Singer/Songwriter Lisa Barbee, who is also a part of our Tuesday Women’s Knitting in Recovery Group, was inspired to write about What we do, Why we do it and How it works……symbiotically for everyone:-)
Here we are as little elves performing at the Variety Show at the Ojai Valley Alano Club!
“One Stitch at a Time”
The Knitting Song, by Lisa Barbee October 2012
1. “One Stitch at a Time”, With each Purl you Knit your Life, Creating for you Peace of Mind, Hands reveal Pictures and Lines
Control is an elusive Dream, Powerless to Hold, Try to Balance on the Seam, Release your Grip to Flow
2. Letting Go can set you Free, Your Will to Leave Behind, Living Service is the Key, The Promises to Find
3. When your Needles find the Skein, Beginning something New, Your Eyes will start to See the Change, With Hands you’ll Follow Through
4. Focusing on Others now, Providing Basic Needs, We get to Show each other How, Examples Help to Plant the Seeds
Here are some of the FABULOUS women belonging to the Tuesday Night “One Stitch at a Time” group at the Ojai Valley Alano Club. We’re all wearing some of the items we have knit for our annual donation to the homeless in our community. It’s a FUN bunch, and how lucky are we to have a place to go to, to belong to. A place we can safely continue our own recovery and healing. A place we can come together and knit, share, laugh……for ourselves, for others and for a higher purpose.
This year is our third annual donation to The Turning Point Foundation serving the growing homeless population in Ventura County and who creates
Positive places of recovery for people disabled by mental illness
We’re also so happy to have knit hats for the cancer patients at Ventura County Hospital – Hematology and Oncology Center. Thank You to the amazing nurses for their endless compassionate work. They surely keep their patients hearts warm, and we can help keep their heads warm:-)
I want to also bring attention to the AMAZING girls at Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard where I teach knitting and crocheting every week. They all got together and surprised me with countless knitted and crocheted CareSquares for the blankets and scarves we donate to Turning Point Foundation. Their lives are so full working on getting back on track and back into society in a healthy way again, and yet they feel the need to already give back and be of service to someone even less fortunate than they are. Given the chance and opportunity I think we all innately feel the need to be of service to another, I think it is part of our essence.
To all the women at the Ojai Valley Alano Club and Prototypes Women’s Center
THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO
THE WORLD IS A LITTLE WARMER BECAUSE OF YOU
Ojai – Thanksgiving 2012
It has been a great year for our “ONE STITCH AT A TIME – KNITTING IN RECOVERY” program, and you have all been such an important part of our success and outreach. Each and every contribution, from yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks to your time and encouraging wisdom has helped us and motivated us in far more ways than you can imagine. We love this work that not only aids in our clients healing, it also lifts us up in our continuous efforts to be of service and heal our own selves.
This year the women at PROTOTYPES Recovery Home have gone to another dimension in their knitting and crocheting……the feel of the house has even changed, there is more calm. Not only are they knitting blankets galore for their children, family and friends, they are also being of service to those even less fortunate than they are, and knitting squares for blankets to donate to the homeless.
We have our big donation coming up in December to the TURNING POINT FOUNDATION in Ventura and the homeless will be receiving for the third year in a row blankets, hats, scarves, sweaters, vests all knitted by women in recovery at the OJAI VALLEY ALANO CLUB and the women at PROTOTYPES.
This year we have been fortunate enough to expand our teachings and services to women recovering from breast cancer. With RIBBONS OF LIFE in Ventura we knit a beautiful blanket with all the names of the women afflicted by cancer embroidered on different squares, and continue our work knitting hats and lap blankets for the women going through chemo. We also helped raise money for the AVON WALK with our knitted washcloths, big success!
We are so grateful we can help each other, one woman to another woman, be it a breast cancer survivor helping another woman just diagnosed……or a woman recovering from alcoholism or substance abuse helping another woman struggling with the same disease. There is immense strength, courage and compassion in these women.
I thank you for your grace!
One Stitch at a Time – Knitting in Recovery