BookEnds Knitting Group

What a wonderful group of Knitters, Crocheters, Weavers, Sewers and Menders here at BookEnds Bookstore in Ojai California! 

Women coming together, Sharing, Laughing and Helping Each Other❤️ 


World Wide Knit in Public Day 2015

The GroupWe had the most wonderful Day last Saturday June 13th for World Wide Knit in Public Day at BookEnds Bookstore in Meiners Oaks, Ojai California. Proud to be one of the almost 900 groups in 56 different countries participating this year. This is our first year in Ojai, but the tenth for WWKIPDay. We had 60 women come together, from 8 years old to 88 years old……sharing, laughing, helping each other, teaching each other……fully embodying  the official slogan of

“Better Living Through Stitching Together”

Here we are teaching each other……

Melinda teaching LauraHands TeachingKaren teaching EileenLise Teaching


Nancy and RavenSharing……The Pew CrowdJeannie and LiseJudyGillian Karen LiseDeirdreCeleste and CherylEverybody brought yummy food, desserts and refreshments…..

Kathy at Refreshment TableRaffle Table……

Raffle Table……benefiting “Knitting in Recovery – One Stitch at a Time”

KIR BrochuresIt’s 4pm……and no one wants to leave……people kept coming and coming……

They Keep Coming......……so we decided to start a Knitting Group here and meet every other Thursday!

Thank You so much to Celeste (right) and Marsha, owners of BookEnds Bookstore, for being such gracious hosts. It was the most perfect spot to have this event……and we are so glad to be a part of your wonderful place!

Celeste and LisebookendsHeader2

“The Blanket” – Little HandMade Prayers Crocheted Together……

Squares for ArtWalk……become a beautiful blanket consisting of knitted and crocheted CareSquares in different kinds of yarn 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 sit 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 textures……into one…..blanket.

Little Handmade Prayers all bundled up together for someone to lay under and feel safe and warm.♥

Prototypes Blanket Bench

Prototypes Blanket Turning PointClose upBlue BlanketGreen BlanketGreen Blabket on ChairBlue Prayer BlanketPurple Blanket

Knitting for Alaska

Luanne's Blanket 2

This is one of my favorite Baby Blankets that is being sent to the women and children in Shelters in Alaska and British Columbia that our Women in Recovery group has adopted

Luanne's Blanket 3

Knitted with the Loving Hands and Tender Heart of Luanne Pontbriant, some little baby will be very safe, warm and extra loved!

Luanne's Blanket 1

Allers Magazine – Norway

Allers Side 1

Allers Side 2

The Norwegian Magazine Allers just published an article on my life focusing on the journey of Hope, Healing, Recovery and a Joy for Life!

What a beautiful response from people far and wide being inspired to talk about either being an alcoholic or having loved ones struggling with the disease. There is hope!

……and I love that women are using the theme of “Knitting in Recovery – One Stitch at a Time” in their knitting groups!

Ojai Rotary Club Grant Recipient


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:-)