Prototypes Womens Center Knitting Hats

Daughter in Law and Pink Hat

Here is a happy recipient of a hand crocheted hat by one of the women at Prototypes Womens Center in Oxnard California.

Mens Hat

……and another happy recipient……

Women Crocheting

One of the ladies has been inspired to start her own little side business designing and crocheting hats!This will indeed help her find her own independence when time comes to leave the house and set out on her own……I am so proud of her……these are all created and crocheted by her with no patterns!

Turqoise Hat

White and Red Hat

Red-White-Black HatOrange Hat

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Ribbons of Life WashCloth Fundraiser

Washcloth CupCakes

Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation held their annual fundraiser and we knit WashCloths/DishCloths to help raise funds to provide breast cancer education, advocacy, emotional and social support to women, their families and communities within Ventura County.

Washcloth Yarn

It starts with some cotton yarn in fun and vibrant colors……

Lise SolvangSylvia RosolekJo Ann Kirkby

……an array of women in recovery……

Meschal KearnsTamilynJessica Whitworth

……and supportive friends……

Carlene FaeberAllyson SwaneyFelicia Garman Washcloth Inventory

We come up with a huge supply!

Ventura College

……and start packaging in fun and different ways……

Washcloth LoafsWahcloth BasketSnowman WashclothWashcloth BonBonMason Jar Washcloth

……something for everyone……

Cleaning LabelProceeds label

……great Tags and Care Instructions……

Ventura College Chris and Joann

……and someone to sell……

Knitting Ladies

FABULOUS LADIES

Prototypes Girls YarnBomb for Charity

All Poles

It’s Fabulous, It’s Fun, It’s Fantastic, It’s Yarntastic……some of the words we overheard the day of the Event!

 

The YarnBombers

 

The Girls from Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard, my friend Christine and I spent an afternoon YarnBombing Ventura Harbor just in time for the 16th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race benefiting the Turning Point Foundation, an organization that helps to provide services for the homeless and people struggling with mental illness.

 

Green PolePurple PoleThe Girls

 

I have been teaching knitting and crocheting at Prototypes for 5 years now, and this was the first time we got to do something “outside” of the house. We YarnBombed six 14 foot poles right smack in the middle of the beautiful Ventura Harbor. People were stopping and taking pictures and asking questions……and the girls were so good at explaining what yarnbombing is and that they were also doing it for a good cause……giving back to their community……

 

Misha and LauraChristine YarnBombingthe Girls at the Harbor

 

There’s something about being together, in recovery together, being girls together, creating together, having fun together, giving back together, eating chocolate (shhhhhh) together, putting smiles on other people’s faces……together……

The five of us who were there were somehow chosen to be together this particular day for this particular event……all for different reasons. For one it was unknowingly being sent back to the scene of her old hangout and coming out strengthened, having created new memories of sober fun, laughter and girlfriends. For another it was tapping into yet another source of creativity, and one step closer to finding and realizing her own beautiful potential. One realized that who she was giving back to was indeed the organization that had helped save her life……and one experiencing the true beauty of women in recovery together.

 

The Girls and Me

For me……yet again I discover the magic that happens when we are together, the grace I continue to receive, the many many ways my life is blessed today……yet again I remember one of my favorite quotes “There is no Me, without You”

 

Lise and Green

I had to go back the next day and HUG our pole!

Thank You Girls!

Ventura ArtWalk and Knitting Installation……for a Purpose

Ventura ArtWalk Aricia

YARNBOMBING, ARTWALK, KNITTING FOR THE HOMELESS……

What a Great Community Event we had here in Ventura California!

WE DID IT:-)
Here is what we accomplished in 10 days……
We asked for 12×12 knitted or crocheted squares
One Square……becomes 50 in a week……becomes 150 in 10days……becomes a Communty Patchwork Quilt installed on Michele Chapin’s Fence in time for the ArtWalk……to later become blankets for our homeless♥
Anacapa Square

Squares for ArtWalkAll Squares
……and Prayer Flags blowing the wind……
Back Fence
Front Fence
Ventura ArtWalk Fence and PrayerFlags

After our Community Patchwork Quilt Installation……out of the blue arrives the YarnBombers from Ojai……to add to this FiberFest and colorful Extravaganza in time for the annual ArtWalk……

Ventura ArtWalk Yarnbombing at work
Ventura ArtWalk Cops
I guess they were caught by the local police, but hopefully no harm done in beautifying the world a little……
Ventura ArtWalk Trees
Ventura ArtWalk Tree
Gate
Bench and Squares
Ventura ArtWalk Bench and Squares
OXO Blue Square

XOXOXOXOXOXO back to you WE LOVE YOU

 

Ventura ArtWalk Booth

And after all the excitement and fun, Scot and I got to show our work among hundreds of other artists in Ventura. The town was buzzing with art, color, music, food……the whole community in support of the importance of All the Arts.

Ventura ArtWalk Scot and Lise

It’s a Happy Time!

Community Knit Art Project Benefiting our Homeless

Prototypes Blanket BenchPrototypes Blanket Turning PointPrototypes Blanket

CALLING ALL KNITTERS and CROCHETERS in VENTURA COUNTY for COMMUNITY ART PROJECT BENEFITING our HOMELESS!

Michele Chapin of Stoneworks Studio and Gallery has invited us to decorate and “YarnBomb” the outside of her venue for the upcoming Ventura ArtWalk July 20 and 21……for a Purpose!

We need 12×12 inch knitted and crocheted squares in bright colors. Deadline for finished squares is Friday July 12th. We will be doing the Art Installment Monday July15th.
After the ArtWalk is over we will take down the squares and crochet them together for blankets we donate to the homeless in our community through Turning Point Foundation.

Please visit our Facebook Page “One Stitch at Time – Knitting in Recovery” for continuous information on this project and for different locations to drop off the squares.

Here is The Story of “The Blanket”……how we are all connected to each other……and how we can all help heal each other and ourselves♥

24 HandMade Prayers become a beautiful Blanket consisting of knitted CareSquares 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.
The girls at Prototypes Women’s Center knit these prayers and donated the Blanket to Turning Point Foundation for the homeless. In gratitude and wanting to be of service and help someone even less fortunate than themselves.
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.

“The Blanket” – Little HandMade Prayers

Prototypes Blanket Bench

24 HandMade Prayers become a beautiful Blanket consisting of knitted CareSquares in all shapes and sizes……(yes, all shapes and sizes:-)) and in 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.

The girls at Prototypes Women’s Center knit these prayers and donated the Blanket to Turning Point Foundation for the homeless.  In gratitude and wanting to be of service and help someone even less fortunate than themselves.

Prototypes Blanket 1

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.

Prototypes Blanket

Little HandMade Prayers all bundled up together for someone to lay under and feel Safe and Warm.

From:

Prototypes Logo

 

 

To:

turning point foundationPositive Places of Recovery for people disabled by mental illness

Emergency Shelter

Rehabilitation

Supported Housing

Prototypes Blanket Turning Point

 

 

Sing a Song, Knit …… Unwind …… Unfold

Lisa Prototypes April 4

Singer/Songwriter Lisa Barbee sharing her story and music with the women at Prototypes one beautiful Sunny afternoon. Setting the peaceful and nourishing tone for the day, and for our souls.

Lisa Prototypes April 3

There’s a lot to be said about coming together in a circle after a long week of work, commitments, problem solving, doing our very very best……to just release……soak up some sunshine…… listen to another woman’s story through song and music……and knit……

Girls Crocheting

……and crochet

Vanessa Crocheting

The girls brought out their blankets and continue to crochet for their loved ones as well as for their own healing

“……one stitch at a time……”

Lisa Prototypes April 1

Lisa sings about her healing “……One Stitch at a Time…..with each Purl you Knit your Life……”

Lisa Prototypes April 2

“……Creating for You Peace of Mind……”

Unraveling

Can we just Unwind?

With no limit, just time?

One of the women at Prototypes has discovered the serenity unwinding yarn gives.  Creating the Patience and Tolerance and Kindness it takes to unwind the “mess” of this yarn translates into creating the tools necessary to clean up our own lives……with patience, tolerance and kindness towards ourselves. And our new lives can begin to UNFOLD.

Knitting for Alaska – April

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Here is a beautiful picture of one of the moms at one of the shelters in Alaska, wearing a handknit ear warmer from one of our ladies……and her beautiful baby!

They all so appreciate anything we can do to help keep them warm …… the babies, the children and the moms.
It is still minus 40 degrees there, and will continue to be cold through April, when it slowly starts to warm up.

So if you have a few moments to knit a hat it would go a long way. There is love and warmth in every stitch when you knit with someone or a purpose in mind. It transcends beyond keeping them physically warm……it warms their heart and their soul. Whether they “know” it or not……they will feel it!

I do have yarn for you to knit with if you’d like, and would be happy to get it to you!

Also, I have attached  Thank You letters to all of you who have already donated your time and caring from two of the shelters we have provided with hats, scarves, shawls and headbands.

Thank you again so very much!

WISHAWAIC