Thanksgiving Newsletter 2016

Dear Friends!

What another year it has been for our “KNITTING IN RECOVERY – ONE STITCH AT A TIME” program. We continue to grow far beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Each and every one of you have been such an important part of our success and outreach.

Whether you have helped financially, donated yarn – crochet hooks – knitting needles, helped knit for the homeless and other shelters we serve, shared your precious time, given encouraging words and much needed wisdom…… know that it has helped us and motivated us in more ways than one. We cherish 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 ourselves.

Knitting in Recovery (KIR) is now registered, trademarked and copyrighted. We are in the midst of editing our first book and training manual, and hope to finalize in the spring of 2017. The sooner, the better as we need to start training more teachers as our client list keeps growing.

New facilities we are serving are Juvenile Hall (Ventura County), County Teen Home (Ventura County), Evolve Treatment Center for Teens (Camarillo), Project Understanding (Ventura), The Wellness Center (Oxnard), and we continue to serve Prototypes Women’s
Center (Oxnard) and Turning Point Foundation–New Visions Center (Ventura).

At all these facilities our clients not only learn how to knit and crochet, we also integrate
them into the community. We put smiles on people’s faces as we “yarnbomb” and beautify the environment. We put on craft shows and fundraisers and a huge sense of belonging and contributing arises. We teach everyone to be of service and knit for someone even less fortunate. Being of service seems to be what the clients respond to most. Love has a way of doing that.

The list of organizations we have the pleasure of knitting for is growing as we grow: City
Center (Ventura), Friends of Fieldworkers (Ventura County), Help of Ojai, Humane Society (Ojai), Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Our Place Shelter (Ventura), Project Understanding (Ventura), Riverhaven (Ventura), Tender Life Maternity (Ventura), Veterans Home (Ventura). ……and 6 Shelters for battered women and their babies in Alaska. It is very very cold there, and they have very few resources!

Thank You again for being part of us and for your GRACE

Lise Solvang

Knitting in Recovery – 316 N. Rice Road, Ojai CA 93023 – 310.561.7555

Thanksgiving 2012

Dove and Yarn

Ojai – Thanksgiving 2012


Dear Friends!

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!


Lise Solvang

One Stitch at a Time – Knitting in Recovery