Our Mission is to bring the Arts of Knitting and Crocheting to women who are dealing with substance abuse issues, mental illness, and lives impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and family trauma. We use knitting and crocheting to achieve our ultimate goal of finding ways to Heal ourselves, find Hope, create s sense of Happiness and Joy, and ultimately raise our Spirits, Skill Sets and Quality of Life.
At Knitting in Recovery, all of our gracious donors mean the world to us. They make what we do possible, so we wanted to take the time to highlight them and share our deepest gratitude.
Today we are spotlighting Terri Nigro. Terri has given generous yarn donations that we have spotlighted in the past. Not only that, but she has gotten other friends involved in donating to Knitting in Recovery as well. We asked Terri to share a little bit about herself, her passion for knitting, and how she got involved with Knitting in Recovery. Thank you, Terri, for helping our program succeed in helping other women in our community:
I first learned to knit at a class at Sears when I was 10 years old. Our project was a sweater (yikes!) that I made for my mother (who, bless her heart, wore it underneath her winter coat on a few occasions). After that, I didn’t knit again until I was in my forties. I had, however, cross-stitched for many years and enjoyed it very much.
One day, my cross-stitch friends went on a trip to a yarn store, and I went along. I saw so many pretty samples and beautiful yarns, and I caught the fever. I bought some fancy eyelash yarn that was all the rage and brought it home. I looked up knitting on the Internet, and re-taught myself to knit. I garter-stitched a scarf, and I was on my way with two new hobbies: knitting and collecting yarn. After 30 scarves, I started to branch out to other items and stitches. I’ve learned to do socks and sweaters and everything in between.
I’m even better at that second hobby: stash-building. So when Lois at Anacapa Fine Yarns told me about Knitting in Recovery, I was pleased to be able to share a goodly sum of yarn to the project. I also let those knitting friends know, and Marsha Blanton, Janet Mailhot, Lou Webster, and JoAnn Zullo added to the bags as well.
I’m grateful for all the good work happening at Knitting in Recovery, and that they are able to share this fun and creative hobby with those who find it brings them peace and a smile.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
There are many worthy organizations, but one of the best ways to make the most impact is in your own community. Like choosing to shop locally, giving locally helps small non-profits directly serve the needs of your community members.
This Giving Tuesday, please consider making a one-time or recurring donation to Knitting in Recovery. Donations will go toward purchasing yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for our clients, paying our teachers to continue administering kind instruction to our clients, and providing employment for a client at our storefront in the Pacific View Mall.
Donations can also be made in someone’s honor and given as a gift.
If you would like to donate, click here or follow the “Donate” link on the left-hand side of the blog. If you are making a donation in someone else’s name and would like the “A gift has been made in your honor” card seen above, please email email@example.com.
One of our clients from Prototypes Women’s Center crocheted this free-form art blanket. She used a very mindful, meditative process. She worked with whatever yarn was available to her and made the most of it, letting the pattern unfold as seemed fit in the moment.
Our client crocheted this blanket for herself and her children as a way to heal her relationship with her kids, stitching everyone back together, safe and warm under one blanket.
This is what Knitting in Recovery does: uses knitting and crochet to help our clients make and maintain positive changes in their lives. It is a beautiful thing when we can see our mission being fulfilled so clearly.
One of our clients at Prototypes Women’s Center crocheted these beautiful baby blankets. We know her little one will be nice and cozy in these. And these blankets are all the more special since they were handmade with love and care.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence thrives when we are silent, but together we can speak up and end domestic violence.
Many of Knitting in Recovery’s clients have been through domestic or sexual violence during their lives. For some, the physical and mental health issues associated with violence are what they are trying to recover from with the help of our program. For others, domestic violence has led to substance abuse as a way to self-medicate and cope with past trauma.
One of the facilities where Knitting in Recovery is active is House of Hope in Ojai. House of Hope provides a safe home for children between the ages of 12-17 that have been sexually exploited or abused.
Our clients at House of Hope made this pom pom wall hanging in various shades of purple, the official color of domestic violence awareness.
You can support National Domestic Violence Awareness by wearing purple during October and speaking up about why you care about ending domestic violence.
While beanies, blankets, and scarves are always a classic knitting or crochet project, sometimes you have to mix it up a bit. Our clients at Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard recently made some very fun, very on-trend mermaid blankets! We love the creativity, joy, and magic that this project inspires.
That variegated blue yarn looks just like scales! Love it!
November 18-20, 2016–Focus on the Masters is a non-profit art appreciation program based in Ventura County that documents, preserves, and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists.
Focus on the Masters also runs The Gift Shop, located behind City Hall in Ventura. As part of a fundraising effort, fine craft and art works from local artists and organizations were included in the gift shop with some of the proceeds going toward Focus on the Masters’ programming.
Knitting in Recovery was one of the organizations included in The Gift Shop. Our clients were very excited to show and sell their work.
March 8–In honor of International Women’s Day, Knitting in Recovery and Cattywampus Crafts hosted a knit-in. Women and children came throughout the day (and for several days thereafter) and knit and crocheted 100 pussyhats.
The hats were donated to Planned Parenthood for their fundraiser in April.
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