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

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“The Blanket” – HandMade Prayers

Blue Prayer Blanket CareSquare

HandMade Prayers……

 

……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……

Blue Square 3

Blue Square 5

Sqaure 7

Blue Square 1

Square 9

Blue Square 2

Square 6

Square 8

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

 

 

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.

Yarn

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……

Gillian

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?”

Squares

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!

Carlene

 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!

We Knit Our Holiday Donations 2012

The Alano Girls 2012

Here are some of the FABULOUS women belonging to the Tuesday Night “One Stitch at a Time” group at the Ojai Valley Alano Club. We’re all wearing some of the items we have knit for our annual donation to the homeless in our community. It’s a FUN bunch, and how lucky are we to have a place to go to, to belong to. A place we can safely continue our own recovery and healing. A place we can come together and knit, share, laugh……for ourselves, for others and for a higher purpose.

Lise and Donations 2012

This year is our third annual donation to The Turning Point Foundation serving the growing homeless population in Ventura County and who creates

Positive places of recovery for people disabled by mental illness

Emergency Shelter

Rehabilitation

Supported Housing

turning point foundation

We’re also so happy to have knit hats for the cancer patients at Ventura County Hospital – Hematology and Oncology Center. Thank You to the amazing nurses for their endless compassionate work. They surely keep their patients hearts warm, and we can help keep their heads warm:-)

Knitted Heart Drawing

I want to also bring attention to the AMAZING girls at Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard where I teach knitting and crocheting every week.  They all got together and surprised me with countless knitted and crocheted CareSquares for the blankets and scarves we donate to Turning Point Foundation. Their lives are so full working on getting back on track and back into society in a healthy way again, and yet they feel the need to already give back and be of service to someone even less fortunate than they are. Given the chance and opportunity I think we all innately feel the need to be of service to another, I think it is part of our essence.

Prototypes Logo

 

To all the women at the Ojai Valley Alano Club and Prototypes Women’s Center

THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO

THE WORLD IS A LITTLE WARMER BECAUSE OF YOU

Logo One Stitch at a Time