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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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Prayer Shawls (and other projects)

Several years ago while waiting in the checkout line at a local hobby store, I spotted a book on prayer shawls. Immediately I was drawn by the thought, bought the book, and started knitting! I've used various types of yarn (all Lion Brand), but my favorite to work with is's so soft and "springy". Countless hours have been spent on Lion's website going through patterns. For me, patterns are merely a starting point. I not only look for patterns of finished pieces, but also for pattern stitches that I can use to create my own projects.

When I started knitting prayer shawls, I made the decision to follow the principle of that first book I bought: the shawls would never be sold, only given away. This was tested once when my daughter's office was having a craft fair, and she persuaded me to bring some shawls to sell (I had quite an abundant supply!). Not a single shawl sold! Needless to say, the shawls continue to be offered free of charge and only as comfort to those in need. When I had more shawls than I could individually give out, I took about 12-15 to our local Ronald McDonald house.

In addition to prayer/comfort shawls, I started knitting baby blankets for friends and coworkers. Recently, I've also added sleep sacks (cocoons) to go with the blankets. Also, I've used scrap balls of yarn to make hats for hospital nurseries.

Knitting is both productive and therapeutic for me. I intentionally choose patterns that are fairly simple because I enjoy using my mind for things other than tracking a complicated pattern!

For several years I would only knit in the winter, but since starting prayer shawls I knit constantly. It's truly been a gift I love to give.

Sandra Devine, Shawnee OK

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