June 18, 2016–Many thanks to everyone who came out to join us for our second annual celebration of Worldwide Knit in Public Day!
This year, we were graced with the presence of the longest crochet chain in the world, weighing in at 200lbs! Thanks, Abby Niederhauser, for creating and sharing such a feat!
We are so grateful that so many community members came out to join us. This event is always a great way to meet your neighbors, share what you know, learn from others, and spread joy! And of course you could win great raffle prizes!
Finally, a big thanks to BookEnds Bookstore for hosting this event. We couldn’t have done it without you.
A major part of Knitting in Recovery’s program is to be of service to others. It strengthens our community, focuses attention outward, and brings a sense of satisfaction to know that you are helping someone else.
This year for the holidays, men and women from Knotty Knitters of Anacapa, BookEnds Knitters in Ojai, and Knitting in Recovery clients at New Visions, Project Understanding, and Prototypes all participated in knitting and crocheting for charity.
The knitters’ gorgeous goods were sent to Help for Ojai, Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Our Place Shelter (Ventura), Tender Life Maternity Home (Ventura), Veterans Home (Ventura), and Shelters for Abused Women and Children in Alaska.
We hope that everyone who received these gifts feels safe, warm, and loved when they wear them, knowing that someone from Knitting in Recovery cares about their health and well-being.
After the 2016 election, (and certain conversations with Billy Bush) women across the nation started knitting and crocheting bright pink beanies with two angular cat ears in anticipation of wearing them at the March on Washington aka Women’s March on Inauguration Day. These neon feline hats are called pussyhats. According to the founders of the movement, “The idea is both a play on pussyhat, pussycat, and also references the hot mic from the Access Hollywood video. It does reference Donald Trump and those comments, but it’s also so much more. It’s reappropriating the word ‘pussy’ in a positive way. It’s a pussyhat — one word. This is a project about women supporting women.”
The pussyhat is a symbol of support and solidarity for women’s rights and political resistance. “If everyone at the march wears a pink hat, the crowd will be a sea of pink, showing that we stand together, united,” reads the Pussyhat Project website.
Women who could not attend the march in DC on Inauguration day were also encouraged to knit or crochet pussyhats to send to marchers, which broadened the scope of the activism around the project.
Knitting in Recovery volunteers and our clients from New Visions and Project Understanding knit and crocheted around 40 hats. The hats were then gifted to Kristin, a friend of Knitting in Recovery’s founder, who then took the hats with her to Washington DC and handed them out to marchers at the Inauguration Day march.
Kristin and her daughter, Violet, even made the local paper in their pussyhats for the attendance of the DC march
Simultaneous marches were held around the world for those who could not attend the Women’s March in DC.
Knitting in Recovery founder, Lise Solvang, even took some pussyhats with her to her sister’s small town in Norway, where local residents marched. There was an even larger march in Oslo, Norway.
Locals in Norway donning their pussyhats in solidarity with American women protesting Donald Trump’s misogyny
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
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