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Shandeh 05-15-2007 11:42 PM

Prayer Shawl Ministry
My church has a prayer shawl ministry, and so far I've only given ONE to the cause. (I gave the teal shawl I made about a year ago.)

I'm a very slow knitter, so I've been working on a burgundy prayer shawl for the past few months, in between other projects. It's made with Lion Brand Homespun yarn, which is not my favorite yarn to work with. So, it's been a real chore for me to make myself knit it.

(I was longing to work on my Debbie Bliss Pure Silk tank top instead!)

So tonight, I FORCED myself to sit down and finish the shawl.

Yay!!! I guess I'd better not knit any more of them, because my heart is just not in it. Maybe I'll be more inclined to work on them in about a year. We'll see. Until then, I'm donating ALL my Lion Brand Homespun to the ministry, so they can use it to make shawls without me.

Braden 05-15-2007 11:50 PM

It's great! You're not alone, most of us here hate Homespun, too.

Shandeh 05-16-2007 12:58 PM

Yeah, I know that Ingrid calls it "homeshun" (ha!!)

I gave my entire stock of Homespun to my sister in California once ("Zip" in the forum). She hated it so bad that she mailed it all back to me in North Carolina. :P

Braden 05-16-2007 01:11 PM

I would sell it! That way, you get rid of something you hate, and you get cash. What more could you want?

Rennagayle 05-16-2007 01:55 PM

I'm one of the oddball (hah, wonder where I've heard that term before? ;-) ) people who actually does like Lion Brand Homespun. I like it's softness, I like knitting with it, and I love the way the colors look when it's finished.

I also LOVE your shawl, Shandeh! :inlove:

My problem is I'm such an impatient person that I can hardly stick with any project which takes more than a few days to complete, or has alot of 'sameness' stitching. I do like to keep scarf projects going for those occasions where I need to tote along a totally mindless knitting project, but I can barely even keep with one of those long enough to get them done. :zombie:

I am also a s-l-o-w knitter. :rollseyes:

luv2knit 05-16-2007 02:02 PM

What a great ministry, I would love to start one at my church, but first I have to get people interest in knitting beside me! :thinking:

I know what you mean about homespun, it's not my favorite yarn either. I have a blanket that I am working on my for my DD, and I took with my this past weekend so I could work on it. (It's from the Lion Brand Website the Country Cousins Blanket that I am making larger with more squares.) I didn't get very far! It's really not that hard, only squares in garter stitch!

Good for you getting your shawl done! :thumbsup:


traceleighj 05-16-2007 02:15 PM

I have been involved in the Prayer Shawl Ministry at my DM's church since January. She has many friends in the group and I know many people, as I used to go to the same church (grew up and got my own :lol: church).

I have yet to finish one yet as well! Some of the ladies make two a month! Easy to do when you don't have 5 WIP's!

I started with Homespun and had problems with not being able to ready my stitches so I switched to an easier pattern. After switiching skeins, realized the colors do not match!!!! Gave up and went out and bought some Caron Simply soft and I am now almost finished!!!

I called Homespun the "Devil's yarn"! The church got a monetary "gift" to purchase yarn for the Ministry and even free yarn will not make me switch back!

purlwise 05-16-2007 06:53 PM

You're shawl looks great, but I agree on the homespun, HATE IT! I'm making my Aunt a shawl for her 90th birthday with my stash of homespun, oh I hate it so much I don't even want to knit it! I have two weeks to go before her birthday and I'm only half finished.

The prayer shawl ministry is great, I've knit several, most recently for a friend with breast cancer. While it is long boring work to make the shawl, the results when you finally get to give it to the person and their reaction is so worth it!

Keep up the good work!

Belphoebe 05-16-2007 07:11 PM

I'm an oddball that loves homespun too. I use it to make sweaters for my toddler. She LOVES the softness, and I love the way it washes. :happydance:

melissa.atkins 05-16-2007 10:07 PM

I think it looks great. But I know what you mean about homespun, I started a scarf two years ago and havent finished it yet... :S

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