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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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Knitting Changed My Life

I read an article a couple years ago in the Lion Brand catalog and started making a few shawls. In February 2004, I founded the Shawl Ministry program at our church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in Plano, TX. We had 8 volunteers on our membership list in February 2004 and November 2004 we list 78 members. We are multi-generational, with volunteers ranging in ages 8 to 84.

We do recommend and use Lion Brand Homespun yarn for our shawls. This yarn, with it's soft texture and it's light weight, is perfect for our climate in Texas. It doesn't add more weight to the shoulders of someone going through a 'bend in the road' of their life journey. This yarn allows someone to be gently embraced in one of our shawls. It's soft and comforting.

We have created approximately 200 prayer shawls -- embracing and comforting many within our Parish as well as the community of Plano and beyond. By the grace of God, our shawls have woven themselves into the hospital community of Plano Presbyterian Hospital. We were invited to meet with the Pastoral Care team at Presbyterian and we now have the privilege of providing shawls to the moms/families of the Neonatal unit. They are as thrilled as we are to have this opportunity to offer this wonderful ministry to these families. During the months of November and December they have one of our shawls and some of the prayer cards that we use with the shawls on display, along with a few pictures of our group, prayerfully at work.

Our Shawl Ministry was part of an article on Shawl Ministries that recently ran in the, Saturday, November 13, 2004, NY Times. This was totally unsolicited by us but greatly appreciated. This article was read by a Priest in Las Vegas, who decided to use the article as part of his Homily and in doing so touched one of his parishioners. She then contacted us in Plano, asking if she could request a shawl for her sister, who is ill and living in Texas. We have also been mentioned in the Plano Presbyterian Hospital Newsletter.

We always encourage other knitters or crocheters to try this ministry. It benefits so many, including the crafters themselves. It is such a blessing to see all of our volunteers creating these beautiful shawls. We are watching friendships develop and others strengthen as God weaves our ministry together for His glory. I began knitting 3 years ago...my instructors are dear friends in their 80's. I'm forever thankful to them for teaching me this skill. Knitting has changed my life--it has become a spiritual and prayerful part of my life. Much like the three's in the pattern of the shawl and it's representation of the Trinity...you are combining, experience, talents, faith.


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