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



Ribbons of Life – Knitting our Lives Together

For BreastCancer

48 Survivor – Thrivers from Ribbons of Life Stitched together FOREVER

ROL Quilt at Faire


Here is our beautiful finished knitted quilt displayed at the Ventura County Faire 2012. 48 Handmade Prayers TOGETHER.


Here is how it started……balls of yarn in all arrays of pink……and knitting needles……

ROL Lise Teaching

Nobody knew how to knit, but all were willing to give it a go for the greater good……and to learn a new tool to aid in their own healing.

Lori Stephens


Soon we were helping each other……


Grandma and Granddaughter

Grandmothers teach Granddaughters……


Chris and Lise

It gets really fun and funny……


Comic relief from knitting with newly acquired wigs we all had to try on……

Lisa Baretto

And incorporating knitting into our lives, bringing it everywhere we go……ROL’s President Lisa Barreto says “Knitting is helping me relax and be productive at the same time. That includes in my doctors waiting room before being called to have my bandages removed. Thank you for helping me knit in recovery”……”After a while those doctor’s office magazines start to look the same. Why not pick up a ball of yarn, a couple of sticks and get stitching. If surgeons can stitch, why can’t I?”


And suddenly we had 48 CareSquares……ready to put together!

Close up

48 squares knitted by different hands, who had different battles to conquer, each unique to themselves, each stitch different……yet somehow it all comes together beautifully……

Finished Quilt

because we did it TOGETHER……we are a community……and we enjoyed the JOURNEY of it all!


 Now we embroider the names of all the Survivor – Thrivers

ROL Quilt at Gratitude Breakfast

Ready to show it off…. at the monthly BreastFest!

Please contact Ribbons of Life for more information on their program. They are such an asset for our community in all that they do for those afflicted with breast cancer and their families.

And…… go get your annual mammogram!

Thanksgiving 2012


Ojai – Thanksgiving 2012


Dear Friends!

It has been a great year for our “ONE STITCH AT A TIME – KNITTING IN RECOVERY” program, and you have all been such an important part of our success and outreach. Each and every contribution, from yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks to your time and encouraging wisdom has helped us and motivated us in far more ways than you can imagine.  We love this work that not only aids in our clients healing, it also lifts us up in our continuous efforts to be of service and heal our own selves.

This year the women at PROTOTYPES  Recovery Home have gone to another dimension in their knitting and crocheting……the feel of the house has even changed, there is more calm.  Not only are they knitting blankets galore for their children, family and friends, they are also being of service to those even less fortunate than they are, and knitting squares for blankets to donate to the homeless.

We have our big donation coming up in December to the TURNING POINT FOUNDATION in Ventura and the homeless will be receiving for the third year in a row blankets, hats, scarves, sweaters, vests all knitted by women in recovery at the OJAI VALLEY ALANO CLUB and the women at PROTOTYPES.

This year we have been fortunate enough to expand our teachings and services to women recovering from breast cancer.  With RIBBONS OF LIFE in Ventura we knit a beautiful blanket with all the names of the women afflicted by cancer embroidered on different squares, and continue our work knitting hats and lap blankets for the women going through chemo.  We also helped raise money for the AVON WALK with our knitted washcloths, big success!

We are so grateful we can help each other, one woman to another woman, be it a breast cancer survivor helping another woman just diagnosed……or a woman recovering from alcoholism or substance abuse helping another woman struggling with the same disease.  There is immense strength, courage and compassion in these women.

I thank you for your grace!


Lise Solvang

One Stitch at a Time – Knitting in Recovery


“One Stitch at a Time” Fundraiser for BreastCancer

I have had the privilege of watching my dear friend Gillian walk through breast cancer with such dignity and grace.  Her forever shining optimism in the midst of all the fear and all the pain was beautiful to watch up close.  She taught me so much about courage and attitude.  It’s all about your own thoughts and how you can direct them towards acceptance and healing.  She did what needed to be done, one step at a time, and I am proud to say she is doing marvelously.  This weekend she, Lisa, Chris and Nancy (not in photo) will be walking for breast cancer awareness……39 miles.

Our Tuesday Knitting Group Women in Recovery – Knitting for Recovery, “One Stitch at a Time” decided we wanted to do a fundraiser for the girls walking.  We finished over 100 knitted washcloths and set up a booth at the annual Meiners Oaks Festival.

We had knitted washcloths and rubber duckies swimming around to the delight of everyone in our little community.  It’s all the rage now:-)  People were buying for gifts and for themselves.  I think everyone owns one, even the men…… and they own them proudly……

Thank You to all the knitters who with joy knitted their little hearts out to help a friend.

Happy Walking Girls……”One Step at a Time”