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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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Praying and Knitting Alone (so far)

I have been truly blessed. Great husband. Healthy children. Meaningful work.

I was, however, having difficulty focusing during my prayers. I had heard of the shawl knitting minstry, but only in passing so when I stumbled onto the "Knitting into the Mystery, A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry" book on the Lion Brand web site.

I sent for it immediately! I read through it and was humbled by the prospect of what might be possible. I spoke to several friends about beginning a prayer and knitting circle but because they are all involved in other prayer circles and/or sewing or quilting circles for worthy causes; they were not ready to add this to their commitments.

I could not let this idea go, so I decided to try it on my own. I have a friend who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. I had some varigated Homespun yarn in blues and greens that "spoke" to me. It seemed to be right for my friend. My goal was to sit for 20 minutes a day, crochet and pray for her and others.

It was hard at first, but I found the stitching helped me to focus on my prayers. I prayed for her and others with needs, I found many things to be thankful for that I would also include in my prayers. I found that 20 minutes went very fast and was able and willing to commit to longer prayer times. I crocheted a shawl for my friend.

But then it came time to give it to her. That was the hardest part.

I labored hardest over the letter and prayers I wanted to include but even that was a blessing for me as it crystalized what I was trying to accomplish. All I had to do was focus on the person the shawl was for and ask God's help with my writing and the words flowed.

My friend loves the shawl!

Since then I have crocheted shawls for others with frightening illnesses. I usually use Lion Brand Homespun because of it's softness but have made other choices if it seems appropriate. I have also crocheted afghans for the men in these situations as well as those in need of prayer because of life-altering financial or family situations.

I am still crocheting and praying alone, but there recently has arisen an interest in pursuing a prayer and knitting circle so I continue to crochet and pray and hope.


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