I received a copy of the newly released Prayer Shawl Companion, by Janet Bristow and Victoria Cole-Galo. It’s available from Taunton for $15 right now. Or you can enter to win a copy from me! See below for how…
The book has a lovely layout, contains designs from many different cultures, and includes several different faith traditions. It’s beginner friendly with a few pages of how-to illustrations in the back, blissfully avoiding my #1 knitting book pet peeve of using 1/3 of the pages for basic knitting instructions. The authors present their experiences and suggestions with organizing a prayer shawl ministry. If you haven’t heard of this before, check out their website. The short version is, these are shawls made prayerfully, intending to honor the recipient and be a tangible reminder of the love that is felt for the person. Possible recipients in the book are a young Jewish girl at her Bat Mitzvah, a baby at baptism, or a person in hospice care.
The patterns include a capelet, stole, lap blanket, nursing shawl, as well as more traditional shawls worn around shoulders. If you are an advanced knitter, you would be more drawn to the discussion of prayer than the patterns. These are not complex lace patterns with 20 row repeats. They are patterns meant to encourage meditation and prayer, that can be easily done in a prayer group. The authors and designers share stories about what prayer has meant to them and how shawls can help represent healing.
The photos show the Mexican Rainbow Shawl, which I really liked because of the great colors. I also chose this photo to show the sophisticated layout of the book. The others are two of my favorites, the Calming Shawl and the Butterflies in Threes.
To win this copy of Prayer Shawl Companion, simply leave a comment (make sure to include your email address in the email field- it won’t appear on the site but I will need it to contact you). I’d love to hear about your involvement with a Prayer Shawl Ministry. Comments close midnight EST on November 20th and I will announce the winner. I’d love for the winner to have it by Thanksgiving. And I’m sorry to say, but this contest is for knitters in the United States only.
Another giveaway will be announced next Friday!