Knitting in Recovery at Focus on the Masters Gift Shop

Knitting in Recovery is currently at the Focus on the Masters Holiday Gift Shop.

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Local friends, come stop by!

The event is open this weekend only:

83 S Palm St, Ventura, CA

Saturday: 10 am-5pm

Sunday 12 pm-4 pm

Our clients have been working hard crafting lovely, cozy things to sell at this event.  They are thrilled to be represented alongside such talented local artists.

The event features 23 local Ventura County artists selling paintings, jewelry, ceramics, artisan soap, quilts, silk scarves, holiday cards, and more.

A portion of the profits go toward Focus on the Masters (FOTM), a Ventura-based non-profit art appreciation organization that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists, emphasizing the importance of the arts to a healthy society.  FOTM is going into their 23rd year of programming.  Find out more about the organization here.

 

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.

Ruthie Marks Shawl

October, 2016–Ruthie Marks is a crochet designer with many books under her belt.  She recently made a generous donation to Knitting in Recovery of yarn and her books.  Staff at Turning Point Foundation’s New Visions center, New Visions clients, and Knitting in Recovery founder, Lise Solvang all crocheted the same shawl in different colors using Ruthie’s pattern.

Many thanks, Ruthie for sharing your passion with us!  Thanks also to Basha Kooler, whom Ruthie has designed for and who donated the yarn to Ruthie to pass on to us.

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All smiles with their matching shawls!

Knitting in Recovery Featured at Event for Ventura County Family Justice Center

Family Justice Center Initiative

On August 30 and 31, 2017, art from Knitting in Recovery was featured at an event for the Ventura County Family Justice Center Initiative.

Michael Jump of the District Attorney’s office for Ventura County is leading the initiative to create a Family Justice Center (FJC) in Ventura.  The mission of FJCs is to support individuals that are victims of domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, or elder abuse and their families.  FJCs integrate government services, non-profit organizations, local law enforcement, civil legal assistance, and other victim advocacy needs in one location to ease access to these services.  The August event was a 2-day planning session with representatives from various county agencies that work with families in crisis.

Art from Knitting in Recovery was showcased at this event as a physical testimonial of the benefits of the arts, mindfulness, and community for people in or recovering from crisis.

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Pom pom wall hanging.  Pom poms from girls at House of Hope, a safe-house for teen girls who have experienced sexual exploitation or abuse.  Assembled by Emily Wages.  Pom poms were made in shades of purple, the official color for domestic abuse.
Emily Wages displaying artwork from our talented clients from House of Hope and New Visions.

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The finished display before moving into the conference hall for the event.

Knitting in Recovery would like to thank Mike Jump and his associates for giving us the opportunity to showcase the wonderful work we are doing and the talent of our clients.  We would also like to thank the Ventura County Arts Council for acting as the liaison between Knitting in Recovery and Mr. Jump and for so thoughtfully displaying the work.

Turning Point makes Ruthie Marks Shawl

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We received a wonderful Yarn Donation from Basha Kooler, Kooler Designs and Ruthie Marks Crochet Pattern Book! Ladonna crocheted this beautiful Wrap for Turning Point’s Program Manager Kalie from one of the designs!

Thank You so much, Basha and Ruthie, with people like you life is beautiful!