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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

Last fall, I was looking through Lion Brand's free patterns and came across "The Prayer Shawl". I had not crocheted for a few years and it always got me out of the down side of life. I saw at the bottom of the pattern the link to I went there and began to get excited. I started crocheting. The first one I gave to my pastor and told him to give it to someone that needed it. He was not to tell them who made it. I was doing it to get points with God and if it became all about me it would blow my chances of getting some much needed points. I am getting older and need all the points I can get at this point. So I began crocheting and he began giving them away. If someone had lost someone close to them, if they were ill, or just going through a difficult time he would give them a shawl. I found gift bags with a scripture verse on it. I found a prayer on the shawl ministry website and a graphic from the church secretary and printed them both on velum and made cards to go with them. I pray for whomever is going to recieve it and even light a candle to remind me what I am doing. So far I have crocheted 17 of them.

Last spring I had knee surgery and afterwards had to go to a nursing home for physical therapy before they would let me come home. The woman in my room was 84 and had broken her leg. What a joy she was for me to room with. She saw me making a peach colored shawl and commented on the lovely color. She made the remark several times. When I finished the shawl, I had a visitor give it to her and told her it was a secret as to who made it. We laughed, but she never took it off. She wore it all day and even slept in it. She says she only takes it off to bathe.

I use Homespun and with the large hook as it is so soft. It has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done, which is suprising because most people do not know I made them.

I am not a big charity; I am just me but this is what I am doing and I wanted you to know that because of your website and your yarn you are making a difference in people's lives.

Thank you for the opportunity to thank you.
Linda Alexander

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