The Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion: 37 Patterns to Embrace, Inspire and Celebrate Life
Authors: Janet Bristow and Victoria Cole-Galo
There is a lot to love in the Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion, and it’s not limited to the beautiful patterns or the full color pictures that display the patterns. When I first began reading this book, I realized exactly how long it had been since I last used a crochet hook. Undaunted, I picked up a hook and some yarn and set off on a very peaceful journey.
One of my favorite parts of this book, aside from the patterns, is the scattering of prayers and ideas in between the patterns – ideas of how to start a Prayer Shawl ministry, how to present someone with a Prayer Shawl and more. Although I do not have a local prayer shawl ministry to join, I began my own ministry. Having a person in mind, reciting some of the prayers I found in the book and crafting a warm, comforting hug was a wonderful experience.
Now that I have one prayer shawl, I’ve found that I can easily think of many more people who deserve and may even like to have one. My list continues to grow, and I appreciate the variety of designs in this book because not everyone would be as happy with the same design. That’s not to say that any of the designs are not wonderful, but rather that some fit to the personalities and habits of some people better than others. There is a great mix of patterns in this book, and I haven’t thought of a person who I didn’t find the perfect pattern for in the book.
Even if you don’t have a lot of time, as most busy mothers don’t, I would highly encourage you to pick up this book and give it a whirl. Especially now, you could give these shawls as gifts – the holidays are coming up and everyone needs a little more help during that time period. It’s so peaceful and somehow different than when I’ve crocheted before, now that I have my mind on something in particular – the recipient of the prayer shawl. I enjoyed concentrating my thoughts and efforts into creating what I hold in my heart as a very warm, comforting hug. I feel like a part of my heart will go with it, and I couldn’t ask for a better way to help a friend.
Disclosure: I had the pleasure of reading this book as a free galley from the publisher. I have received no compensation for writing this review.
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