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.

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.