Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Prayer Shawls

Check out: Prayer Shawl Ministry

When I first joined an online knitting group, the term prayer shawl came up a lot. The term caught my eye because I feel prayer is very important and here it was attached to knitting.

Basically, you are knitting a shawl for someone and as you knit, you pray for that person. I thought that was a very novel and spiritual way of knitting.

I made my first prayer shawl not too long ago. However, I had a hard time praying when I knitted because I would easily lose count of whether I was supposed to knit or purl. I think I unraveled my attempt a good five times before one of the members suggested that pray prior to starting to knit. That little tip really helped me finish the shawl. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough skeins of that particular yarn and ended up with a prayer chair cover instead.

But right after I finish a shawl I started a few weeks ago, I will try again. This time I will make sure I have enough yarn.

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