Although these posts are published well after the recipient has received the shawl, they have been written at each stage so that details are not lost.
And so the knitting began!
The pattern is available on the Prayer Shawl Ministry website. Its super simple and easy to follow. And gives the correct details so that you can make it as long or as wide as you like! You can find the pattern for it here.
After winding the skiens into balls it was easy to see that one was slightly darker with blue flecks in it. I decided I would put it in the middle so that it would go light to dark to light again. I’ve had some knitting experience before and so casting on and getting started was easy.
The pattern ends up looking similar to ribbing but not. But it does give the shawl some good warmth even with an acrylic yarn.
Everytime I sat down to knit I would just keep the reciptiant in my mind as I thought about and prayed for her and her family.
The rhythm of knitting makes it easy for your mind to be able to focus as you are working. Of course if you are a new knitter it might not be as easy, but because I’ve been doing this a while it was easy to get into a rhythm, and begin to pray. I always tried to make the last row of my knitting session a focused prayer enwrapping everything I had thought about and prayed about for this person.
Occasionally though my mind did wander. One of the tips on the website is to recite ‘Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ as you are knitting, and because the pattern is in threes it really did seem to help me focus if I lost my way. Even if I came to knitting not really knowing what my prayer intentions were for this person that day, it would help me to just try and bring the Spirit into my knitting.
For the most part I tried to take my knitting everywhere. It helped me to remember that my intentions were to this person I was praying for. (Although knitting wasn’t my only form of prayer.)
It made for some interesting conversations at work, and even a few compliments! It felt important to me to be able to bring this with me and put my full intentions into this. I feel like it makes it more important that way, and also that the recipient would be able to appreciate it more?
I have to admit however, that whilst knitting this I was still doubting that the recipient would even appreciate it. Or perhaps they would find it a bit weird. But knowing the person I was knitting for I was hoping that they would be able to appreciate it.
I carried on knitting through all 3 balls making sure that I left a little on each ball for the fringe at the end. As it got bigger it was nice to sit down with it on my lap and feel the warmth as I knitted. It gave me comfort that hopefully it will be as warm as my intentions when I finish
Eventually I got to the end and managed to successfully weave in the ends. (Which I had never actually done before, usually my mum does it for me!) So it was also a good learning experience for me. I was unsure of if I wanted to add fringe on the ends or not. But when I finished it I decided that I wanted to add that fringe to make it a little more comforting and ‘finished’.
At the point of writing this I have finished the shawl and am awaiting giving it over to the recipient. Currently I am just focusing some prayer on it each day depending on how the spirit moves me.
I am really pleased with how it turned out as a whole. It was such a joy to knit, and I am glad that it offers some warmth. I’ll expand more on what I would look at changing in the end of the next post, which I will write when I have handed it over!
Peace and Joy.