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Old 05-15-2007, 11:42 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 05-15-2007, 11:50 PM   #2
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It's great! You're not alone, most of us here hate Homespun, too.
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Old 05-16-2007, 12:58 PM   #3
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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
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I would sell it! That way, you get rid of something you hate, and you get cash. What more could you want?
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:55 PM   #5
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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!

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.

I am also a s-l-o-w knitter. :rollseyes:
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Old 05-16-2007, 02:02 PM   #6
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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!

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I am on the Prayer Shawl Message Board. My church is so small that I don't think we could get a group together. I usually just make them on my own and give them to people that I know that need prayers. I have made somewhere near 30 in a year and a half. I mostly use Homespun, but occassionally use worsted when I can't afford the Homespun.

The Homespun seems to be easier to work with when I am crocheting than knitting.
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Originally Posted by Shandeh View Post
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.

Hi Sandy,
What a beautiful shawl. I just completed on in that same color and it took me several months. I have started using #13 needles cast on 57 and do the k3 p3 stitch. I started our group at our church last May and we have given out to date 48 shawls. I am just thankful that there are several who knit faster than I and keep the supply going. Good luck with your knitting and the Lord will let you know when to start again.
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:53 PM   #9
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Shandeh, your shawl is BEAUTIFUL!!!

I've learned to "tolerate" Homespun because I really like the way the colors blend together, and I've used it for prayer shawls (I do these on my own). When I use the Homespun, I will only do garter stitch because the boucle of the yarn doesn't show much off in the way of fancier stitches, but honestly, it's gotten a bit boring for me to do just plain garter stitch prayer shawls, so I've done feather and fan (which is a very easy pattern to work with while you're concentrating on the prayer aspect), as well as the "trinity stitch" (this and this are examples) using a worsted weight yarn and slightly larger needles for a lacier effect between the bobbles, as well as a small garter stitch border along the sides and bottom. It really turned out nice, and it was a fun knit. For those that don't really want to knit row after row of plain garter stitch, perhaps either of those two patterns could be possible (easy!) alternatives to a garter stitch shawl if you wanted to continue to make prayer shawls?
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Old 06-02-2007, 11:49 PM   #10
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Been there
When I first started knitting.. I knit.. scarves. easy.. cast on 15. keep going.. no big deal.

pearl.. knit.. just practice.

Bought bunches of homespun was going to make a shawl. Easy. cast on 3.. keep increasing.. no big deal right?

Well, I know the devil can cause problems.. and he visited me every time I tried to knit that thing.

So.. I made bunches of scarves.

Lesson I learned.. when the devil is being a pain. ... don't run w/ the ball.. punt!
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