Published in a British Knitting Magazine!
It is so fun working with new materials. I love that they can make yarn out of the Nettle Fiber……how organic can it get?:-)
The hat itself is knit and then I crocheted the brim mixing Nettle and Wire so you can shape it any way you want!
A Perfect Summer Hat!
What a great honor to be one 2014′s grant recipients from the Ojai Rotary Club.
Proud to stand side by side wonderful organizations like Help of Ojai and the Nan Talbert Foundation. “One Stitch at a Time-Knitting in Recovery” is being recognized and acknowledged for the work we do using Knitting and Crocheting as tools for healing, compassion and inspiration. We are all Women IN Recovery, Knitting FOR Recovery, and this particular project for the Ojai Valley Family Shelter is to supply all the homeless who walk into one of our shelters with a hat and scarf set. Attached is a letter from the woman who knit them with love. Planting seeds goes a long way, and you never know who might find recovery. We are also knitting Blankets the shelters get to keep……and will hopefully have enough blankets to go around for everybody……in a few years:-)
We had the best time YarnBombing for a Monster HeadPhones commercial on Instagram! We headed downtown to the Arts District in Los Angeles and my cousin’s daughter Carmen got to be the star of the commercials. It was her very first gig and she did so great!!!!!! I had a blast setting it all up and YarnBombing a Shopping Cart, Bicycle and Dumpster……Bring it On……
Here I am getting it all ready for Carmen:-)
Carmen at work being filmed!
……and here is the link……Shopping Cart Commercial on Instagram
Yarn ready to Bomb the Bike……
……and the link…..Bicycle Commercial on Instagram
Yarn ready to Bomb the Dumpster……
Dumpster ready to YarnBombed……
……and the link……Dumpster Commercial on Instagram
……become a beautiful blanket consisting of crocheted CareSquares in all shapes and sizes……(yes, all shapes and sizes:-)) and in an array of colors and textures. All the squares are crocheted together and finished with a beautiful crocheted trim around the whole blanket enveloping the warmth of all the squares.
There is a lot of love in each of these squares, along with the courage it takes for these women to conquer something new, the peace and healing that follows when they fall into a rhythm with their hands and their hearts. The joy and laughter and shared stories that arise when we are in this room together for this one single hour. All this transcends into the square, and then connecting them all together… all the different women, all the different yarns, all the different colors, all the different shapes and sizes……into one…..blanket.
Little Handmade Prayers all bundled up together for someone to lay under and feel safe and warm.♥
……and here are the beautiful individual squares each woman helped heal herself with……
Scot’s daughter Ashleigh got married last week to her Cedric! I knit this Wedding Jacket for her to wear if the evening got a little chilly. It was the most beautiful and light Angora Yarn I have ever had the privilege to work with. Thank you little bunny rabbits:-) It can be pinned in different ways for different looks……and can be worn anytime, anywhere……timeless!
The wedding was beautiful……we built the Arbor for them with Grapevines, Matilija Poppies, White Roses……all intertwined in white chiffon and burlap……
Arbor – “A Shady Resting Place for Growing and Climbing……”
“May Your Love Increase by the Measure of My Love for You”
“Me and God Worked Hard……Don’t Screw it Up”
Dad……A Daughter’s First Love
It was great to have some of us knitting girls back together again……knitting for a new cause!
This year we will make sure all our homeless in Ojai who visit the shelters during the winter months will receive a hand knit scarf and hat……with a special note from the lady who knit them. A little love goes way beyond what we can imagine! The churches that shelter our homeless will receive blankets the residents can use there. So we are keeping our little hands busy……all the time healing ourselves as we continue on our own journey. We laugh, We cry, We’re silly, We’re serious, We share, We eat, We take care of each other!
……you gotta love it when one of the ladies’ teenage son hangs out with us……I think he can feel the peace and the joy!
My Dear Scot……making sure we are fed and happy……delicious barbecued hamburgers with ALL the fixings!
My Norwegian friend gifted me this beautiful piece……perfect as our Ojai Knitting Group CenterPiece!!!!!!