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Caring and Sharing

While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Prayer Shawls

My friend, Tiny is 84 years young. She crochets and I knit. When her daughter was healed from brain cancer, she started a prayer shawl group. I really don't know how many people belong. For Christmas last year I made a knitted, triangular shawl for Tiny as her shoulders were cold. She wore it all winter, got it out at first frost this year. And I have been knitting shawls for her ever since.

I retired 4 years ago and started making these knit shawls 2 years ago when a back problem put me down. Tiny brought me a shawl. I wrapped it around my hips willing the pain to be improved with the prayers in it.

I use Homespun Thick & Thin an d buy it up any time I find it on sale. I am not a wealthy woman so I check yard sales for yarn, resale shops, any place I think I may find yarn cheap. Often I put yarn in a lingerie bag and was it on a gentle cycle to remove dirt and make it smell nice. But it goes for a good cause!

When she gets 20 new shawls, Tiny takes them to her church and the priest blesses them before they go to sick people. It is a blessing in my life and I am so pleased that Tiny got me started doing this!!!

Many of us have a lot of free time on our hands. Perhaps we are between projects, wondering what to do with some yarn we no longer use, wanting to give to others in need. These shawls are easy, most are quick and they are so appreciated!!

Next on my list is to learn to knit the bra inserts for women after a mastectomy!! It will be a good way for me to use up the scraps of Homespun Thick and Thin and still be giving!!!

Happily Knitting for others,
Ingrid Teboe,
Mt Pleasant, Iowa

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