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We started two "Knit & Natter"...
Created By: Anna Briggs

We started two "Knit & Natter" groups in two churches in Liverpool, UK, in 2007. We have made mountains of warm things for the shoe box charity, Samaritans Purse UK, and for homeless people in the city.

After I read about Shawl Minstry on line and bought the Lion book and the book by the Shawl Ministry founders, we started making shawls. Everyone has a knitting or crochet pattern they like to work with. Joyce, who had missed one meeting, came in and told us about a sad funeral she had been to. A cousin of her son-in-law had died suddenly of meningitis, leaving a five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son. We made two little shawls for them in variegated pink (for the girl) and blue (for the boy) Snowball Double Knitting - lovely and soft with pompoms on the end. We also made a nice warm scarf for their dad.



After Christmas Joyce told us that her daughter had seen the children, who wore their little shawls all the time, and the little boy was sleeping with his. We hope that long past the time when they need them, these two children will keep the shawls in a drawer to remind them of the people who cared for them at this terrible time.



These are just two pf the dozens of shawls we have given away.We have made them for mothers whose children have been shot or killed in a road crash. Only last week a lady who had just finished a course of chemo came in to tell us about it and thank the shawl maker. She daid she put it under her pillow and when she felt down at night, she reached undr her pillow and twisted her fingers round the shawl.



The shawls we have been making have changed people's lives. One young mother in the group had made a friend at the school gate, and discovered her new friend was mourning her mother. "She needs a shawl" she said - and soon her friend had one - and next week she too joined the group, bringing with her a warm, freshly baked banana cake.



Our shawls have gone to a next-door-neighbour whose husband died, and half-way round the world to old friends of mine in Canada. They're a neighbourhood-builder and an international symbol which more and more people are recognising



Anna Briggs

Allerton & Garston Knit & Natter Groups,

Liverpool, United Kingdom


 
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