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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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We are a small home church. Two weeks ago after reading about the prayer shawl ministry on your web site, I mentioned it to our pastor. The following Sunday the pastor and I presented the idea to the church members. Immediately we identified a lady in our church family who was undergoing surgery for cancer the following week and our prayer shawl ministry was born.

I had already purchased skeins of Lion Homespun yarn for prayer shawls and lapghans. One of these was Corinthian which I chose for her shawl (her favorite color is purple). After knitting a few inches the thought came to me that I was knitting with the "jewels of our King." I shared this thought with a church friend who was writing a message for the card to accompany the shawl. This is the message:

The colors of this shawl - the jewels of our King - reflect our prayers for you -

The courage and strength of rubies
The healing and tranquility of sapphires
The confidence and renewal of emeralds
The energy and optimism of peridot
The independence and creativity of amethyst -
All set in the wisdom of gold.

This shawl was created especially for you, with prayer in every stitch, and comes with our continuing love and prayers.

I used a simple garter stitch on size 13 needles to show off the colors of this beautiful yarn. The shawl was fluffy, light weight, soft, and luxurious - a wonderful gift.

On the next Sunday we presented the shawl to our friend's husband, our first prayer shawl. We also added two other names to our list of recipients, one lapghan and one shawl. We also committed to knitting washcloths from the 100% cotton yarn to present to African orphanages and Native American reservations.

Thanks to your web site and your beautiful yarns we have developed a program of sharing in which we can all participate in a very tangible way.

Marcellyn Fowler



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