Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Prayer Shawl for a Special Friend

This is a prayer shawl that I crocheted for a special friend in Kentucky.  She found out recently that she again has ovarian cancer.  She had surgery and chemo a few years ago and had been cancer free until her last checkup.  She will be undergoing surgery and chemo soon.  I decided to make her a prayer shawl.

The granddaughters helped pick out the yarn.  They wanted something cheerful and not "dull and drab".  I think they succeeded in choosing a wonder yarn that looks lovely and cheerful.  It is so soft.  The granddaughters and I said silent prayers before I began crocheting.

 I had never used this type of yarn before and it did present some challenges.  I had difficulty gauging my stitches since the yarn is very bulky and you use this huge needle.
The pattern is only one stitch (a half double crochet).  You can see the pattern here.

Many prayers went into this shawl.  I'm mailing it tomorrow.  I included a little info on Prayer Shawls and the story of her prayer shawl. .

I pray that the shawl will provide some warmth and comfort while she is undergoing treatments.   A blessing for the completed shawl can be found  here.

Prayer Of Blessing (blessing for a completed shawl)

By: Janet Severi Bristow - 2000
 May God's grace be upon this shawl...
warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing.
May this mantle be a safe haven... a sacred place of security and well-being...
sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones.
May the one who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace,
and wrapped in love.
Blessed Be!

1 comment:

Sue McPeak said...

A beautiful and thoughtful post, Pam. Your friend will truly be blessed with not only the shawl, but the prayers from you and your sweet grand gals....a special learning experience in prayer and comfort for others.

I like the half double crochet stitch as it makes a nice closed piece for warmth and goes fairly fast, too. Of course with a big hook and chunky yarn for a quick finish as well.

Thanks for stopping by while I've been on somewhat of a break...at least from CITexas Gal. It has given me a bit of time to work on my Family History Blogs. So for awhile, I will use CITexas Gal as 'The ShoutOut' for Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors. These posts take a great deal of time and research as they are written. I hope to finish the Georgia ancestors in the next few months. Give them a read when you have a chance...especially if you enjoy the history of the South. I have a few Kentucky stories in there as well.