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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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prayer shawls and lap blankets

Hi, my name is LaVonne Gaudreau-Xavier, i am a mother of three, a grandmother of six and a great grandmother of 1, newborn. I have been a knitter since age 10, and am now 70. i am very crippled with rheumatoid arthritis, but still run a large medical/legal transcription business and knit every day/night. i found your website and got a free pattern for a prayer shawl and was off and running. it is the pattern where you begin with 3 stitches, increase each row until desired size and then i crochet a shell stitch design around the edges. once in a while i do a fringe. for the lap blanket, i simply work design to desired width and then reverse pattern to decrease to 0 stitches and now have a wonderful square, that i also crochet a shell design around edges. i took six prayer shawls to the hospice house and then i gave about 50 to a nursing home where my daughter-in-law's grandmother was residing. when gramma came home, i returned to taking the shawls to the hospice house. i have made approximately 200 shawls in the last year and a half. i watch for yarn sales and i believe each shawl costs less than $5.00. i can make two shawls with 3 skeins of red heart yarn. the left-over yarn i roll into balls and then i either knit squares to be sewn together, or hats and fingerless gloves that i donate to the women's crisis center. i do believe these items are greatly appreciated, but i think i get more pleasure out of the making and warms my heart and makes me proud to be able to hopefully bring a smile to someone's face. i would encourage anyone can do what i do, it is so rewarding. i do not tell too many people about this, it is a very private thing with me...i am the only one who needs to know about what i do. i personally feel if you do something for the right reason, you need no recognition from others, the satisfaction you receive in the giving is enough. i just wanted to share this because it is important to give back to our communities and bring a smile to someone's face. thank you for your contribution in offering this website and the free patterns to us knitters and your wonderful ideas. p.s...i also used the michelle edward's cards and print them out and give with each gift...the ladies at the hospice house/nursing home/crisis center, tell me this adds a very personal touch to the gift, so thank you for the cards, they are beautiful..i have used almost all of them at some point. i type a message inside each card to make it more personal...i am told that after the recipient passes away, the family relates loving the shawl or blanket as a keepsake. i could go on and on with ideas, but will close for now and again say thank you for presenting the opportunity to share..."Nana"

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