I purchased the book, Knitting into the Mystery, at the Northwest District Fall Rally of United Methodist Women of North Dakota in September. I've been knitting since I was 10 years old when my mother taught me how.
I read through the book, and I knew that this was one ministry that I would definitely take part in. My first shawl was made from Lion Brand Homespun in a soft blue color, and that one went to a widow along with the blessing prayer I wrote out on pretty paper. She later told me that she sleeps with it draped over her at night!
The second shawl I knew was to go to my youngest daughter, so I used one strand of orange yarn (her favorite color) and strand of various hues and colors to create a rainbow of colors. The orange represents God, who is a constancy, and the various colors are dark, light, and medium shades to represent the various circumstances and trials life brings us. I made no attempt to hide the knots; they represent coming to the end of some things in life only to find a new and better way, a different "color". My daughter takes this shawl to work ... and her co-workers borrow it when they feel the need for a hug and a prayer!
The third shawl was knit from a yellow yarn which also had spots of various colors. This was also a double-stranded shawl, and this one will go to a friend who recently lost her mother. I will write out a blessing prayer to give as well.
Just started my fourth shawl of moss green Wool-Ease and this one is intended for a woman who lost her 37-year-old son. It will be completed next week, for I want to give it to her on the one-month anniversary of his death.
I enjoy knitting, have taught knitting classes, and am looking for a few women to share this ministry with. I encourage any knitter to invest a few dollars in yarn, use up any yarn you have, pray as you knit your shawl, and feel blessed as they give their labor of love to brighten someone's life.