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I started crocheting in my early 20's making...
Created By: Sue Grabowski

I started crocheting in my early 20's making simple things, pillows and

granny square vests for my nieces. Then marriage a full time career and

children relegate my crochet hooks to the very bottom of my sewing

basket. One day during Christmas break, my college aged daughter stated

she wanted to learn to crochet; I dug out that hook and found some yarn

and we started learning together. She went back to college and I made

her a afghan in her college colors. That afghan was followed by afghans

for my other children and husband. I was looking for a triangular shawl

pattern on the internet when I stumbled across a prayer shawl website.

Not needing that at the moment, I bookmarked it for later.

Later came that January, I revisited the prayer shawl website, and

decided to use my left over yarn that had started to build up to make a

shawl. I ended up making 4 shawls. I took them to my church and

presented them for prayers and distribution; my prayer shawl ministry

was formed. Since that time I've made 2 dozen or so prayer shawls,

usually exclusively now out of Lion Brand Homespun yarn. They've been

given to children facing medical issues, adults battling cancer or other

medical issues, older adults in their twilight years and in celebration

of some incredible women. We've expanded the prayer shawl ministry by

giving shawls to brides and baby blankets to new babies.

I'm usually not there when the shawls are presented to people (that's

not my thing) but what I hear is that the shawls are always received

with gratitude and often tears. My aunt was in the final stages of her

life when I made her a prayer shawl, my cousin said both of them cried

when they read the letter I had written. My cousin said the prayer

shawl was never far away and when she finally succumbed to the cancer,

my cousin considered placing it with her but opted instead to keep it

for comfort while she was grieving. I hear on a regular basis on how

much the prayer shawls are getting used; a friend battling cancer has it

sitting on the back of her chair, another recuperating from double knee

replacement wears it while she is getting therapy, another cranks up the

air conditioning in the summer just so she can use it all year long.

Out of the clear blue I hear of uses of the prayer shawls I've made and

it always warms my heart.

This past winter, the prayer shawl ministry ahs also become intertwined

with other churches. A church that we share some real estate with came

to us and asked that we make hats and scarves for the homeless children

in our inner cities. Having tons of scraps I started making hats.

While waiting in the car for my younger daughter to be done practice or

while sitting at her piano lessons, I used those scraps to make hats.

While visiting another church I heard of their prayer shawl ministry and

managed to make contact with their director. I intended to tell her of

the hats and scarves that were needed for the inner city kids, but all

she heard was that I needed scrap yarn; she gave me 2 bags full of

leftover yarn. I've made several hats, three prayer shawls and still

have more left over. In February we heard from the minister that was

collecting the hats and scarves and she said they had over 100 sets and

that every ones was claimed and every person expressed their gratitude

for receiving these hats.

I'm still making afghans, and other crocheted projects (ear flap hats,

fun fur scarves, crochet flowers, clutches and triangular shawls) for

gifts to friends and relatives. But I get the most satisfaction making

prayer shawls and hats for those who need them the most.

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