Prayer Shawl Ministry

My church has a prayer shawl ministry, and so far I’ve only given ONE to the cause. (I gave the teal shawl I made about a year ago.)

I’m a very slow knitter, so I’ve been working on a burgundy prayer shawl for the past few months, in between other projects. It’s made with Lion Brand Homespun yarn, which is not my favorite yarn to work with. So, it’s been a real chore for me to make myself knit it.

(I was longing to work on my Debbie Bliss Pure Silk tank top instead!)

So tonight, I FORCED myself to sit down and finish the shawl.

Yay!!! I guess I’d better not knit any more of them, because my heart is just not in it. Maybe I’ll be more inclined to work on them in about a year. We’ll see. Until then, I’m donating ALL my Lion Brand Homespun to the ministry, so they can use it to make shawls without me.

It’s great! You’re not alone, most of us here hate Homespun, too.

Yeah, I know that Ingrid calls it “homeshun” (ha!!)

I gave my entire stock of Homespun to my sister in California once (“Zip” in the forum). She hated it so bad that she mailed it all back to me in North Carolina. :stuck_out_tongue:

I would sell it! That way, you get rid of something you hate, and you get cash. What more could you want?

I’m one of the oddball (hah, wonder where I’ve heard [B][I]that [/I][/B]term before? :wink: ) people who actually [I]does[/I] like Lion Brand Homespun. I like it’s softness, I like knitting with it, and I love the way the colors look when it’s finished.

I also LOVE your shawl, Shandeh! :inlove:

My problem is I’m such an impatient person that I can hardly stick with any project which takes more than a few days to complete, or has alot of ‘sameness’ stitching. I do like to keep scarf projects going for those occasions where I need to tote along a totally mindless knitting project, but I can barely even keep with one of those long enough to get them done. :zombie:

I am also a s-l-o-w knitter. :rollseyes:

What a great ministry, I would love to start one at my church, but first I have to get people interest in knitting beside me! :thinking:

I know what you mean about homespun, it’s not my favorite yarn either. I have a blanket that I am working on my for my DD, and I took with my this past weekend so I could work on it. (It’s from the Lion Brand Website the Country Cousins Blanket that I am making larger with more squares.) I didn’t get very far! It’s really not that hard, only squares in garter stitch!

Good for you getting your shawl done! :thumbsup:


I have been involved in the Prayer Shawl Ministry at my DM’s church since January. She has many friends in the group and I know many people, as I used to go to the same church (grew up and got my own :lol: church).

I have yet to finish one yet as well! Some of the ladies make two a month! Easy to do when you don’t have 5 WIP’s!

I started with Homespun and had problems with not being able to ready my stitches so I switched to an easier pattern. After switiching skeins, realized the colors do not match!!! Gave up and went out and bought some Caron Simply soft and I am now almost finished!!!

I called Homespun the “Devil’s yarn”! The church got a monetary “gift” to purchase yarn for the Ministry and even free yarn will not make me switch back!

You’re shawl looks great, but I agree on the homespun, HATE IT! I’m making my Aunt a shawl for her 90th birthday with my stash of homespun, oh I hate it so much I don’t even want to knit it! I have two weeks to go before her birthday and I’m only half finished.

The prayer shawl ministry is great, I’ve knit several, most recently for a friend with breast cancer. While it is long boring work to make the shawl, the results when you finally get to give it to the person and their reaction is so worth it!

Keep up the good work!

I’m an oddball that loves homespun too. I use it to make sweaters for my toddler. She LOVES the softness, and I love the way it washes. :happydance:

I think it looks great. But I know what you mean about homespun, I started a scarf two years ago and havent finished it yet… :S


Thant looks great. I also hate homespun - it splits so much when you work with it. I gave all mine away that I had in my stash to my mother-in-law. She made a hat and scarf for our postmand and now he brings our mail into our condo everyday instead of leaving it in the mailbox!


its a very pretty shawl- I’m sure it will be appreciated. I think homespun has its uses, and I use it for things I need to finish quickly like charity hat/scarf sets, but it isn’t my favorite yarn to work with.

I hate the homespun as well, I used it a while ago when I made a scarf for my grandpa. I could never seem to find even tension. You did a great job anyway though, and I do love the color!

What a beautiful shawl. I’m glad you took the time to finish it! It’s sure to bring joy to someone in need.

Maybe Homespun is God’s way of teaching us persistence!:lol:

Hi! I’m working on that same blanket–the country cousins one. I let my son choose the colors (he picked blue, red, and white, the colors of the French flag). Since I’m abroad right now I couldn’t get great yarn, so it’s not going to turn out as soft as it looks in the picture. It is a bit tiresome to keep up the garter stitch square after square after square after…:ick:


I think you’re right! :teehee:

Ingrid calls it “homeshun”. :rofling:

Even though it is a pain to work with, it does make a beautiful shawl. I try to stick with just garter stitch projects with this yarn, because any other stitch would be a royal pain!

I am on the Prayer Shawl Message Board. My church is so small that I don’t think we could get a group together. I usually just make them on my own and give them to people that I know that need prayers. I have made somewhere near 30 in a year and a half. I mostly use Homespun, but occassionally use worsted when I can’t afford the Homespun.

The Homespun seems to be easier to work with when I am crocheting than knitting.

Hi Sandy,
What a beautiful shawl. I just completed on in that same color and it took me several months. I have started using #13 needles cast on 57 and do the k3 p3 stitch. I started our group at our church last May and we have given out to date 48 shawls. I am just thankful that there are several who knit faster than I and keep the supply going. Good luck with your knitting and the Lord will let you know when to start again.
aka yiayiabryant

My first post here.

Ditto on Homespun. I get bored working on the same large project so what I do is knit about 3 at the same time with different patterns, different threads and colors. This takes away the boredom. I do think it is a worthy cause and blesses so many people.


Shandeh, your shawl is BEAUTIFUL!!! :inlove:

I’ve learned to “tolerate” Homespun because I really like the way the colors blend together, and I’ve used it for prayer shawls (I do these on my own). When I use the Homespun, I will only do garter stitch because the boucle of the yarn doesn’t show much off in the way of fancier stitches, but honestly, it’s gotten a bit boring for me to do just plain garter stitch prayer shawls, so I’ve done feather and fan (which is a very easy pattern to work with while you’re concentrating on the prayer aspect), as well as the “trinity stitch” ([COLOR=red]this[/COLOR] and [COLOR=red]this[/COLOR] are examples) using a worsted weight yarn and slightly larger needles for a lacier effect between the bobbles, as well as a small garter stitch border along the sides and bottom. It really turned out nice, and it was a fun knit. For those that don’t really want to knit row after row of plain garter stitch, perhaps either of those two patterns could be possible (easy!) alternatives to a garter stitch shawl if you wanted to continue to make prayer shawls?