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!
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:-)
……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……
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!!!!!!
NAMI Ventura (National Alliance for Mental Illness) just had their annual Walk at the beach in Ventura to raise awareness on Mental Illness and help break down the stigma. The clients at Turning Point Foundation spent weeks making pom poms, finger crocheting chains, crocheting flowers and vines to get ready to YarnBomb the city in time for the walk…… spreading joy, fun, color and a lot of smiles to the public. Thousands of people showed up for the every successful event……it was a Happy Day!
There is something very special about contributing to your community……by helping others you help yourself, it’s as simple as that. It’s a beautiful thing to see how many people stop and smile and wonder when we install the yarnbomb……giving us an opportunity to just be of service……making us smile in return……and the clients get to go home with an amazing sense of Self:-)
Here’s the story in pictures from Start to Finish