When I found out I had cancer, another friend sent me a prayer blanket (the lavendar one with the cross). Both the blanket and shawl went with me to the hospital when I had my surgery. I must have said something to Dr. Michelin about the shawl, because when he came to check on me after my surgery, I had it on and he asked if it was my "prayer sweater". I thought that was kind of funny, but he remembered it and what it was about.
While undergoing my chemo treatments, my church presented me with a prayer lap quilt, signed by the church members (the quilt is on the back of the chair). I don't know how I could be so blessed so many times. The quilt goes with me every time I go for chemo because I get cold sitting so long in a cool room. It is just the right size for covering my legs. I was given two other gifts of love, the heart quilt and the lovely red and grey wool shawl by two other good friends. They are all loved and I will cherish them. As you can see, our kitty, Schwarz, thinks they are pretty special too.
Since all those blessings have come my way, I wanted others to experience God's love and prayers. The shawls I have been working on are woven on one of my looms. It is a restful, relaxing time when I get to talk to God and hopefully impact someone else that needs to feel God's arms around her or him.
This is the first shawl I made. I love how the stripes turned out with the variegated yarn.
I had a friend try using the boucle yarn for the warp and she couldn't get a shed open to weave. The cotton warp is best, since it isn't sticky. I beat gently while weaving and it made a nice warm but lightweight shawl.
This skein is for my third shawl.
The tape is on top of a wonderful sheepskin my son Edwin and his wife Rebecca gave me for Christmas this year. How nice it is to sit upon, with it draped over the rocking top weaving bench Bob made me a while ago. Since getting both gifts, I have had no problems with pressure to the backs of my legs while weaving.
I would like to encourage anyone with needlework skills to take on a shawl, blanket, or quilt project. Knitting, crochet, weaving or quilting can be a meditative occupation. Think of the blessings that can come from your hands.
May God bless you in your endeavors.