Sunday, February 18, 2007.
I am finally feeling up to getting started on my first Prayer/Comfort/Healing Shawl! I start crocheting tonight after I finish blogging. I have already been praying for the lady who will receive it later, after it's been blessed by Fr. Don. Even though I don't know who the recipient will be, *GOD* knows, and that's all that matters.
For those of you who are interested in Prayer Shawl patterns, here is a link which list a number of different patterns, from the Lion Brand Yarn Company.
Shawl Pattern List
The patterns are in .pdf files for us to print. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. Maybe Open Office would work, too, if you are into open source software.
From the above link, you can also order a book with Prayer Shawl patterns in it (patterns which are not already on the site).
Here is a little blurb: "What is a Prayer Shawl? Throughout the ages, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. Since the inception of the Prayer Shawl Ministry in 1998, the members of this ecumenical organization have lovingly donated their time and talents by creating hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need. What started as a grass-roots movement has quickly grown into an international cause, with countless numbers of shawls being given to grateful recipients around the globe.
The Ministry's message of caring is simple, universal and enduring. And we have seen time and again that the creation and presentation of a prayer shawl, like all acts of generosity, enriches the giver as well as the recipient."
The lady in charge of our parish Shawl Ministry also sent me a 6 page Word document with information about/some patterns for Shawls. I don't want to overwhelm anyone with all this stuff, so I will just cut and paste a couple of paragraphs of that here every other day or so.
Crocheting and knitting is very therapeutic for me. There are times that I can't think out my thoughts properly or pray my prayers as passionately unless I am working with my hands. And of course, it's always a nice perk to be able to have a pretty/warm/comforting finished project to give someone after all the stitching, thinking, and praying.
I warmly encourage those of you of a crafting disposition to help fight your cabin fever/midwinter blahs by picking up some yarn and your crochet hook or knitting needles and create something. There really is such a thing as a crocheter's or knitter's "high". :) Science will back me up one of these days. ::grin::
Here are a couple of pictures of some withdrawals from my yarn stash for this project.
This is the link to the first shawl I am going to make Crocheted Prayer Shawl
I hope someone finds this helpful! *Waves "hello" to Gerttie* :)