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Old 09-13-2005, 04:11 PM   #1
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There seems to be some controversy over this book (Knitting into the Mystery: A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry) and this website:

http://www.shawlministry.com/

Anyone know about this?
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Old 09-13-2005, 05:31 PM   #2
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What's the controversy? People knit for all kinds of reasons...this sounds like a whole bunch of good intentions to me...
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Old 09-13-2005, 11:06 PM   #3
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I have heard of prayer shawls, The person the shawl is made for is prayed for while knitting and the shawl is then given to them to know they were cared about and usually a little tag is attached telling about the comfort and care and prays for them. In a hospital , nursing home etc a shawl is a wonderful item. It is warmth, comfort, used for legs, arms, on the bed etc. I personally Love shawls and if someone gave me a prayer shawl in an hour of need, I would truly feel blessed.
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I don't see a big deal about it either.
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Old 09-14-2005, 08:05 AM   #5
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I have been working on this shawl for a friend of mine although my daughter found it and now its pretty much at the beginning time to find a new hiding spot for my yarn and needles LOL :D

I haven't heard about any controversity I wonder what it could possibly be?? :thinking:
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Old 09-14-2005, 08:09 AM   #6
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I haven't the faintest idea what the controversy is...I hope that whatever it is hasn't gotten out of hand. Whatever ones religous convictions might be, I just can't understand how a prayer could hurt someone!
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Originally Posted by foldedbird
I haven't the faintest idea what the controversy is...I hope that whatever it is hasn't gotten out of hand. Whatever ones religous convictions might be, I just can't understand how a prayer could hurt someone!
Well, I've known some prayers that have hurt even though they've come from a good intention. But a prayer for wellness or comfort HARDLY compares to what I'm thinking of! Those are prayers that anyone should be able to appreciate. Just like knitting, prayer takes time and thought and love, and anybody should be able to be grateful that somebody gave those things to them.
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Aidian that was so beautifully said.
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Ditto!
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I think the controversy was about the group that started all this was trying tobe a grassroots voluntary donation thingy and then someone else wrote a book and made money off it and that pissed off the original group but I don't know if there are any lawsuits or fightin words or anything.

So whaddaya all think about profiting from something like prayer shawls? Like if you sold them at an art fair or something?
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