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Customer Projects - Get Inspired

Would you like to share a project that you have made from our yarns or our patterns?   Hundreds of thousands of people who care about your favorite craft will see your work.  Any submissions, particularly original ones are welcome, as long as the project was made from Lion Brand Yarn. 

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A Labor of Love
Created By: Jane Wilkins

I researched Prayer Shawl Ministries for several months before deciding to give it a try. After much reading up on the subject I spoke with one of the assistant rectors at my church. She thought it sounded like a good idea and suggested I place a notice in the weekly church bulletin to spark an interest. Along with that, I crocheted a very simple prayer shawl and made a poster of information for display at our Sunday coffee hour between services. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of people who were interested in learning more. I was asked by "The Daughters" (a woman's group at our church) to speak about this ministry. There are people of all ages and levels of knitting and crocheting abilities participating in our ministry.

Our ministry continues to grow. We keep it informal and light, welcoming everyone. We meet twice a month, in the evening at our church. There are several people who have never knit or crocheted who are learning through the more experienced members. A local yarn shop has offered us a discount on materials we use for our ministry.

Our ministry has grown beyond our immediate family to our sister parish in Picayune, Mississippi. We adopted this parish as a result of Katrina. Several of it's members visited us last fall. Some have suffered from illness since their visit and have become recipients of our shawls.

We've expanded our ministry to include chemo caps for cancer victims and baby blankets for premies in our local hospital.

As our supply increases, our pastor blesses our creations during a church service, for members of the congregation to witness and be reminded of our works. Each blessing brings about new interest in our group and often new participants. Donations of yarn have been given to us. Members of our congregation who have never met are now becoming close friends with a common interest.

My advice to others: If you have a desire to start a Prayer Shawl Ministry, just do it. Start with networking. Talk to others about it. Make a prayer shawl yourself to show. Even if you are the only person making them, talk to your pastor about blessing your labor of love and present it to someone in need. There are many people who would like to be involved in this ministry and are just waiting for someone else to start it. Once it's starting it will take on a life of it's own. There are many good books and numerous web sites available for patterns and other information on this worthwhile ministry. Most important of all: pray for guidance in your endeavor, and pray while making your shawls. Have faith that it will all come together.

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