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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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Shawls Across the Country

My husband was diagnosed with cancer in October 2001, after we had only been married for two years. His daughter came to visit after his surgery, knowing that his time with us might be short. She presented him with a beautiful prayer shawl made of Homespun Prairie in beautiful earth tones, which was made by a group of knitters at her church in Minneapolis, MN. We were so touched by this gift as it brought wonderful comfort of physical warmth, as well as hope, faith and love from those who knitted it. My husband is well now and his prayer shawl holds a very special place openly displayed in our living room for all to see, touch and feel its presence.

Out of my own emotions and gratitude, I decided to learn to knit so I, too, could share this wonderful gift of caring with others. Within a short time, I began knitting and started a small group at our home church at Our Saviors Community in Palm Springs, CA. Soon we were meeting together either at church or in each others' homes and sharing our love and compassion as we learned the art of knit 3, purl 3.

Somewhere we have lost count of the many shawls (over 100 in the first year) handed out to those in need. Its amazing what effect this old fashioned art has had on all of us. Where ever I go, my knitting goes along. People seem drawn to the beautiful colors and soft threads of the yarn. Our group enjoys using all types of yarn, but my favorite is still Homespun. Jiffy is a good one for beginners and has some fabulous colors too. One of our missionary women in Kyrgystan has a beautiful Jiffy purple and blue shawl, and another will travel on a sailboat with its owner to the Solomon Islands. My mother has a beautiful Homespun rose color, and some of our shawls have been sent to hospitals for children.

We summer in Sioux Falls, SD and several groups have sprung up in that area also. I shared the meaning of the shawls with a Baptist women's circle and we swapped patterns and stories.

One woman in our group has made up a beautiful card on the computer with Bible verses and comfort prayers that is given with each shawl. We always pray over the person and the shawl together when it is given. Its just such a lovely thing to share - the gift of love!


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