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Warning! and The Prayer Shawl Companion by Janet Bristow & Victoria A. Cole-Galo

There may be actual knitting content coming up here pretty quick. I thought it only fair to tell you in advance, so yu can prepare yourself for the shock of it all. Today while Batman was doing his handwriting I finally seamed the BSJ that’s been under my desk for a while. He wants to help me pick put the buttons, so I guess that is now on my agenda.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing some book-looking, and today I want to tell you about The Prayer Shawl Companion by Janet Bristow & Victoria A. Cole-Galo. I know most of you are familiar with the prayer shawl idea, which was started 10 years ago by these generous ladies. I’m sure many of you have participated in such a ministry as well. I was in one briefly, but, well, there was this dog-in-the-house issue of mine, and it just didn’t work out, so I made a couple on my own and gave them out, and then I got out of the habit, and maybe I should get back into the habit, and maybe this book is just the kick in the pants I need to begin such a ministry. But let’s get back to the book, okay?

Prayer Shawl CompanionThere are 38 designs in this book, and 38 stories to grab your heart and squeeze it. This is not a book to read when you are having a bad day, because you will surely cry. Or maybe it is just the book to read when you are having a bad day, because reading about people who are watching family members die will certainly remind you that your lot in life is probably not quite as bad as you think it is right this minute. Not that I have pity parties, mind you.

There are several patterns I’d like to try here, including the Ad Lib, a triangular shawl with short row shaping, the Mystery of the Trinity, and the Heart Warmer ( I already know who’s getting this one!) and the Wedding Capelet (not in white, and not for giving away). Yeah, prayer shawls can be for happy occasions, too, you know! And my next scrap blanket? It’s going to be a Striped Stole.

The book came out today, and it retails for $19.95. Not a bad price for a book that will warm both soul and body! Now, if you will excuse me, I am off to Ravelry to update my queue.

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