What is a Prayer Shawl, and the History of the Prayer Shawl

I first heard about Prayer Shawls from a post in one of my online knitting groups. I was curious about what is that “Prayer Shawl,” and what about the history of the prayer shawl? I started researching online and was surprised to find that the making of this shawl isn’t limited to knitting. There are Crocheted and woven versions; there is also a sewn version. Another thing that surprised me was that the use and making of a prayer shawl is not limited to a specific religion, it surpasses the boundaries of religion. It seems that every religion has some sort of history of a prayer shawl. The prayer shawl ministry history is very touching and interesting. Making a prayer shawl is done for many reasons. It is often made for a friend who is going through a medical crisis or when there was a loss in the family. I think it is a wonderful tradition and endeavor. I was impressed by the many groups around the Globe that have Prayer Shawl Ministries. The authors Janet E. Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo of “The Prayer Shawl Journal and Guidebook” give suggestions how to start your own group.

If you are interested in learning more about the prayer shawl ministry, I found a video on YouTube https://youtu.be/W302tI3P1bc that I recommend to anyone who is interested in learning more about prayer shawls. These ladies Janet E. Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo are Co-Authors of several books on prayer shawls. I found the “The Prayer Shawl Journal and Guidebook” on Amazon used and may order it. Here it is on Goodreads and you can see more about the authors https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18143259-the-prayer-shawl-journal-and-guidebook. Also check out their website “The Prayer Shawl Ministry”  https://www.shawlministry.com/

Prayer Shawl

The picture is from http://www.shawlministry.com/photos.htm click on link to see more pictures and read about each contributor.

 

The picture is from http://www.shawlministry.com/photos.htm click on link to see more pictures and read about each contributor.

If you start a prayer shawl ministry or join one in your area I’d love to hear about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Corkshrooms

I made my first corkshrooms and I made an error on the first cable row but I left it because I didn’t catch my mistake until I got to the 2nd cable row.

 

My 1st corkshroom and as you can probably see the first cable I did wrong but 2nd cable I did correct, I'm OK with mistake, learned from it and can't wait to make next one correctly.

My 1st corkshroom and as you can probably see the first cable I did wrong but 2nd cable I did correct, I’m OK with mistake, learned from it and can’t wait to make next one correctly.

 

 

 

Working on my first Magic Corkshroom I didn't realize this was wrong until a few rows later. Instead of 4 on cable holder it should have been 2, when I went back to read the explanation of how this pattern states to do the cable I realized what I had done so did the 2nd cable row correctly. I will keep this one to remind myself of my mistake and reminder to read my directions more carefully next time. you can find the pattern on my project page http://www.ravelry.com/projects/maggiescorner/magic-corkshrooms #knitting

Working on my first Magic Corkshroom I didn’t realize this was wrong until a few rows later. Instead of 4 on cable holder it should have been 2, when I went back to read the explanation of how this pattern states to do the cable I realized what I had done so did the 2nd cable row correctly. I will keep this one to remind myself of my mistake and reminder to read my directions more carefully next time. you can find the pattern on my project page http://www.ravelry.com/projects/maggiescorner/magic-corkshrooms
#knitting

 

I keep this one to remind myself of my mistake and reminder to read my directions more carefully next time. you can find the pattern on my project page http://www.ravelry.com/projects/maggiescorner/magic-corkshrooms #knitting

I keep this one to remind myself of my mistake and reminder to read my directions more carefully next time. you can find the pattern on my project page http://www.ravelry.com/projects/maggiescorner/magic-corkshrooms
#knitting

You can see mistake I made, instead of 4 on cable holder it should have been 2, when I went back to read the explanation of how this pattern states to do the cable I realized what I had done so did the 2nd cable row correctly. I will keep this one to remind myself of my mistake and reminder to read my directions more carefully next time. you can find the pattern on my project page http://www.ravelry.com/projects/maggiescorner/magic-corkshrooms #knitting

You can see mistake I made, instead of 4 on cable holder it should have been 2, when I went back to read the explanation of how this pattern states to do the cable I realized what I had done so did the 2nd cable row correctly. I will keep this one to remind myself of my mistake and reminder to read my directions more carefully next time. you can find the pattern on my project page http://www.ravelry.com/projects/maggiescorner/magic-corkshrooms
#knitting

You can find the pattern on my project page http://www.ravelry.com/projects/maggiescorner/magic-corkshrooms

On the Needles

In a knitting group I am in online someone asked what everyone had on their needles so I took pictures of what I have on my needles currently so thought I’d post on my blog since there are several. All of these are on my Ravelry page in my projects, and I’ve been posting progress pictures on my Instagram page.

#knitting #bamboospun #mypattern lot 102841 arabeaque/111 art.#:26 Hobby Lobby 82% bamboo 18% polyamide 10 mm bamboo needles, cable is worked over 8 rows with 7 rows in pattern in between the cable rows. CO 30 st, Knit both sides for rows 1-6 to make garter border, Row 7, right side, K garter 5 st border section, P 4, K C2B, P 4, K C2F, P 4, K garter 5 st border section. Row 8, wrong side K garter 5 st border section, K 4, P 4, K 4, P 4, K 4, K garter 5 st border. Row 9 - 14 work the stitch as is ( 7 row between cable row - cable sections are 8 row long) Row 15 is same as Row 7 being cable row, then follow same as before until scarf is as long as desired and finish with 6 rows garter - bind off, weave in ends.

knitting bamboospun mypattern lot 102841 arabeaque/111 art.#:26 Hobby Lobby 82% bamboo 18% polyamide 10 mm bamboo needles, cable is worked over 8 rows with 7 rows in pattern in between the cable rows.
THIS IS MY OWN PATTERN, PLEASE CREDIT ME IF YOU USE IT. CO 30 st, Knit both sides for rows 1-6 to make garter border, Row 7, right side, K garter 5 st border section, P 4, K C2B, P 4, K C2F, P 4, K garter 5 st border section. Row 8, wrong side K garter 5 st border section, K 4, P 4, K 4, P 4, K 4, K garter 5 st border Row 9 – 14 work the stitch as is ( 7 row between cable row – cable sections are 8 row long) Row 15 is same as Row 7 being cable row, then follow same as before until scarf is as long as desired and finish with 6 rows garter – bind off, weave in ends.

Weight: 50 g / Skein Material: 52 % Angora Plush + 48 % Mohair Color: Hot Pink I am using the Lady by the Bay Feather and Fan Scarf pattern on 4.0 mm needles I got the pattern at http://www.ladybythebay.com/blog/2014/12/feather-and-fan-...

Weight: 50 g / Skein
Material: 52 % Angora Plush + 48 % Mohair
Color: Hot Pink
I am using the Lady by the Bay Feather and Fan Scarf pattern on 4.0 mm needles

No pattern, 100 ‪#‎stitches‬ ‪#‎knit‬ ‪#‎circulars‬ on 2.25mm ‪#‎dpns‬ using the ‪#‎redheart‬ ‪#‎unforgettable‬ ‪#‎yarn‬ ‪#‎doublestranding‬ with the two colors shown in picture. I been working on the hat and decided to leave the double strand at the band, I dropped the purple colored strand and changed to knit stitch adding cable that I drafted up on graph paper. For the cable rounds work from right to left each needle holds 26 stitches and each needle is worked in the round from right to left as Round 1 of cable: K2 - P2 - K C4B - P2 - K C4F - P2 - K2 and repeat each needle to complete round 1, then round 2-8 of the cable rounds is worked as following stitch pattern, i.e. K2, P2, K8, P2, K8, P2, K2,

No pattern, ‪knit‬ ‪‎circular‬ on 2.25mm ‪‎dpns‬ using the ‪‎redheart‬ ‪‎unforgettable‬ ‪#yarn‬ ‪‎doublestranding‬ with the two colors shown in picture. I been working on the hat and decided to leave the double strand at the band, I dropped the purple colored strand and changed to knit stitch adding cable that I drafted up on graph paper.  THIS IS MY OWN PATTERN, PLEASE CREDIT ME IF YOU USE IT. For the cable rounds work from right to left each needle holds 26 stitches and each needle is worked in the round from right to left as Round 1 of cable: K2 – P2 – K C4B – P2 – K C4F – P2 – K2 and repeat each needle to complete round 1, then round 2-8 of the cable rounds is worked as following stitch pattern, i.e. K2, P2, K8, P2, K8, P2, K2,

I found the variegated green, red, and white yarn at a local yarn store, it is imported from Brazil and is about 97% cotton and 3% elastic. I will have to get more information on the yarn because I can’t seem to find the wrapping I pulled off.

I found the variegated green, red, and white yarn at a local yarn store, it is imported from Brazil and is about 97% cotton and 3% elastic. I will have to get more information on the yarn because I can’t seem to find the wrapping I pulled off. Needles are 2.75mm

I'm using needles 6.0 mm - the yarn is Lion's Brand Cambridge Tweed 94% Acrylic 6% Rayon

I’m using needles 6.0 mm – the yarn is Lion’s Brand Cambridge Tweed 94% Acrylic 6% Rayon

Weaving and Knitting Accessories

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

I have three newly acquired tools to add to my knitting and weaving tool collection thanks to a weaving guild friend Betsy Clark! I am so thankful and thrilled with all three of them. Betsy said they were from an auction where they were part of a batch of items that were purchased as a bundle. The ones that I acquired are an electric bobbin winder, a swift, and a vintage Simet yarn-cake winder.

Bobbin Winder

UPDATE 8-19-17 – I was told this is an AVL and that it’s a treasure – yes it is and I’m so lucky to have it. https://www.avlusa.com/catalog/warping-accessories/bobbin-winders/ Original Post: Electric Bobbin Winder, appears to be homemade using a TACSEW sewing machine motor and a foot pedal that is variable speed (sort of… )

Swift

This is a Swift, I had to do some research to figure out what it is and how to use it – I’m embarrassed to admit that I thought it was some sort of warping mill until I found a YouTube video that shows how to used it with a hank of yarn.

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder – what a beautiful yarn cake I made in a matter of minutes! I love love love it! Thank you Betsy for this and for the other items too! That yarn-cake is 6″ diameter and 3-1/2″ tall!

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder – here it is rewired, cleaned, oiled, and ready for housing to be put back on. See pictures below of the items and how I cleaned and oiled them. The Simet winder didn’t have an electric cord to plug it into the electric outlet, so I got out my tools and opened the housing case, then I rewired the electric wires to make it a direct hookup to the motor. I took pictures of the process, see all below.

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder – I cut wires and direct wired to an old extension cord that I sacrificed to make the direct connect electric cord.

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Vintage Simet yarn-cake winder

Doily Rug Knitting Project

I want to share my knitting project and do a review on the knitting pattern. I came by the pattern thanks to an online knitting group I am in, a member shared a picture of her own project and the link for the pattern. See the link for the pattern at the end of this blog post.

The pattern is called Rag Doily Rug. It calls for US 19 knitting needles. I prefer wooden double pointed needles. I started out looking locally for that size and type of knitting needles, but after no luck I decided to get them online. I estimated the needles for this project should be about 2′ long, and since I couldn’t find any that size online I decided to make them myself!

Here are some pictures of how I made the knitting needles.

Making the knitting needles with my belt sander and a dowel rod. I cut a 4′ dowel rod in half, then I used my belt sander to sand dowel rod to points on each end as well as light sanding over the entire rod. Then I sanded by hand with finer grit and finished off with a bees wax mixture.

 

 

Knitting Needles that I made. The pattern calls for US 19, that is 15mm knitting needles. I had a 1/2 inch diameter dowel rod in my garage, so after the sanding down process these knitting needles would be approximately 12mm instead. If I make another set, I may buy a 5/8″ dowel rod so that would turn out about 15mm once I sand it down to make the knitting needles.

 

 

 

 

 

The knitting needles that I made and the t-shirt yarn I ordered from GANXXET FABRIC YARN – see link to shop at the end of this article –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are some pictures of the progress of the knitting project, and my furry friends, Zoie and Terra.

I practiced the pattern on a smaller scale before making the actual rug. I have never knit much more than simple little projects and that was many years ago so it took some refreshing of the memory to figure out what I was doing.

 

 

 

 

 

knitting the project

knitting the project

knitting the project

knitting the project

knitting the project

knitting the project

knitting the project

knitting the project

knitting project progressing with Terra inspecting

knitting project progressing

knitting project progressing with Terra inspecting

knitting project progressing with Zoie inspecting

knitting project progressing with Zoie inspecting

knitting project progressing with Zoie inspecting

knitting project progressing with Terra inspecting

knitting project progressing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The completed Doily Rug. As you can see in the picture, my knitting improved from beginning to end as I got a better grasp of the pattern. This pattern consists of 20 rows that form a wedge shape piece. The 20 rows are repeated 6 times to make the semi circle shape that is constituted by 6 wedge sections, there are two points on each wedge shape for each section. It was a good pattern to help me learn how slip stitches, yarn overs, turn without working, and other such knitting techniques form shape and design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RagDoilyRug

Click on the picture or the link below to open the pattern in PDF format. I am not very experienced at knitting so I had to spend a lot of time refreshing my memory of basic knitting technique for this pattern. I had no idea where it began or ended just by looking at the pattern but after knitting the small test piece, then pulling it out several times to start over, I eventually understood how to knit this pattern. This knitting pattern is probably easy enough for experienced knitter but for me it was challenging. I am anxious to make another rug from this pattern using rag yarn, that I will prepare myself from an old sheet, to see the difference in the outcome.

The pattern that I used is on CoCo Knits, here is the link Rag Doily Rug 

The GANXXET FABRIC YARN SHOP ON ETSY