Monday, May 04, 2009

Lucky Me....



I don't believe much in co-incidences. When I bumped into an old friend Carol, we discovered we both were knitting now. Carol, you don't have to worry, my pretends friends will LOVE you. Carol is knitting a prayer shawl for her dear friend Karen. There isn't a rush with Carol's gift to Karen. She's been praying for Karen s-l-o-w-l-y. Karen says as long as she can have it in her coffin with her, Carol's promise is good !

I think I need to knit a prayer shawl. Carol tells me you pray for the person you are knitting it up for. I thought you gave to a prayerful person to wear when they prayed. How do you intend a prayer shawl........

I don't think there are prayer rules.....

well, wait I think there are. We were at a dear friend's son's BarMitzvah on Saturday. My goodness, I've forgotten how many prayers are involved in this great day for a young Jewish man. Something about leap year and the weeks around this time of the year having to have to doubling the prayers .......and there were plenty of rules. Good things for young people and old to hear many times in their busy lives. It all makes so much more sense when you are older....no matter what the name of your reliigion may be.

So will anyone else lend some thoughts on knitting prayer shawls?????








I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

11 comments:

Karen said...

Well, I'm not much for prayers. Positive energies and good thoughts, yes. But I guess those are prayers in their own way. I did my praying and knitting on that gray sweater when Charlie was sick. I didn't help him. Or me. Maybe it's because I don't pray enough in general. Hmmmm . . .

Breien in Lansingerland said...

At the moment we are teaching our youngest how to pray. Just a simple prayer, before and after the meal. He always makes us smile as he in his own way is praying for momma, pappa, jij, hij and hem ( nodding into the direction of his sister and two older brothers...) He now knows to say amen too.

But prayer can be a powerful tool...still God can decide differently when He finds it necessary.

Grace said...

I am a prayer shawl knitter who looks at it both ways, some I knit for a very specific person and I pray for them all the way thru, others I knit not knowing who they are going to and just pray that where ever its new home is they will be comforted by my prayers. It is the most soothing and relaxing and meaningful knitting of all for me!

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

I always giggle when I read your posts about your pretends friends;)
I knit a prayer ponchette it was a quick knit and I sent some soak with it and prayed over it.Here is the link to the one I knit:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnottyKnitter40/ponchette
Hugs Darcy

Jennifer said...

I'm the prayer shawl knitting group at my Church. I have been touched by hearing (and seeing) friends who are cancer survivors with their prayer shawls given to them to comfort them during chemo or other stressful times. My one friend keeps her prayer shawl in her office as a reminder of a RAOK. It's wonderful. PS - I have a handful of free patterns for Prayer Shawls if you want them. I try to pray generic get well thoughts into the stitches. I try NOT to knit when I'm tense or upset - as I've been told that you transfer all those feelings to the recipient. I try to knit love, peace, happiness and tranquility (or at least my mega-energy!) into every stitch. OK - this is a novel comment. Sorry!

Woven ~N~ Spun said...

I weave prayer shawls. There are so many stories to tell. They truly bring comfort to those who receive them. I tend to do mine anonymously though so the receiver doesn't know it's from me, but more from someone who cares and is praying.

Leslie said...

I have knit a few prayer shawls and have found myself both praying during the knitting and also at the end. I think I get as much comfort as the recepient does. I also was the recepient of a prayer shawl when I had one of my foot surgeries. It was such a wonderful thing of comfort and is on my couch as a constant reminder of love from my church.

Katherine said...

I have been knitting two prayer shawls for some time now. They go slowly because I seem to only pick them up when I need comfort and calm. They provide a very rewarding knitting session as I usually find myself praying for or thinking about others who are going through trying times. It is such a pleasant time that I always wonder why I don't knit more prayer shawls!

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

Thankyou for the kind comment today I see the doctor and I was sad this morning because my hubby wont be here for Mother's Day or Athena's 3rd Birthday.Hugs Darcy

Donna Boucher said...

I think this is the loveliest idea.
I don't know if I can count and pray at the same time tho.

I would need to pray to remember.

Virtuous said...

Luv your blog!! :o) (giggle @ pretend friends) Found you b/c you came to visit me!! Haha!

And found this post most interesting!!

I have always wanted to do a prayer shawl and looked it as giving comfort to someone else praying over it. And that does NOT necessarily mean they are sick!!!

I actually try (key word there) to pray over ALL of my knitting regardless what kind of garment it is....

Really like and agree with Jennifer regarding "rules of a prayer shawl"
@ "I try to pray generic get well thoughts into the stitches. I try NOT to knit when I'm tense or upset"

I look forward to reading more of you! :o)

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