Saturday, June 15, 2013


Kymber asked me to put a picture of my Christian Prayer Shawl on, so here it is.  The top shows the full shawl which is about 60 inches long and 15 inches wide.  I tried to show a better shot of the end in the second picture.  The third is a close up of the design.  It is mostly white, but there is a very small streak of silver in some of the lines coming down.  The last picture is of the shawl folded up.

I have always wanted a prayer shawl since I read about them.  Some of the ladies in our church made them where you could take them home, use them, but bring them back and they were passed on to someone else to use.

When I went to the Presbyterian Church the other day, I saw them hanging and didn't know what they were.  When the Pastor came in I told her how pretty they are.  She asked me if I prayed and I said yes.  She explained they were prayer shawls and told me to pick one.  When I was slow picking one out, she took the most beautiful one and gave it to me.  I asked her when did I have to bring it back by and she told me it was mine to keep-I never had to bring it back.  I was thrilled and I still haven't gotten over it yet. It was so kind of the Pastor to give it to me as I don't go to that church, I was there on business.

Before putting the post on, I wanted to find more information to pass it on to you:
In 1998 Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direction of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS.  Compassion and love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy.  Many blessings are prayed into every stitch.

Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient.  The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way.  Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need.  Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God !  The shawls can also be crocheted, quilted, woven or machine knitted as well.

Some uses for the shawl for both ladies and men are: undergoing medical procedures: as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress; during bereavement; prayer or meditation; commitment or marriage ceremonies; birthing, nursing a baby; bridal shower or wedding gift; leading ritual; rites of passage; during an illness and recovery; ministering to others; graduation, birthday, anniversary, ordination, holiday gifts; or just socializing...there are endless possibilities!

To make a shawl personal, the giver or the recipient may want to adorn the shawl with beads, shells, feathers and charms.  A blessing or ritual maybe offered when the gift is presented.

I wish to thank Prayer Shawl Ministry for their permission to put this on New York State of Mind.  Their Web is at:

Can you touch a prayer? Can you pull it close and feel its comfort? You can if it comes as a gift in the form of a Prayer Shawl.  Prayer Shawls are simple gifts of grace from God that are prayerfully and lovingly stitched by as reminder that God's promise is always with us.

I thank First Baptist Church, Scottsdale, AZ


This is the easiest knitting pattern that was given to me by the Pastor at the Presbyterian Church that gave me my shawl.

On size 11 or 13 knitting needles cast on 57 stitches and knit every row until you have reached your desired length (between 50 or 60 inches).  Add desired fringe around the edge.


Yarn: Lion Homespun is suggested, but you can use anything you think is pretty.  For knitting you'll need about 550 yards and for crochet about 700 yards - three to three and 1/2 skeins.

Needles: Knitting: # 11, 13, or 15  Crochet: Size M, N, or P


Cast on a multiple of 6 sts plus 3.  51, 57. or 63 is suggested.
Knit 3, Purl 3 every row until shawl is about 57 to 60 inches long.
This stitch is called seed stitch so you will always be knitting the purl stitches and purling the knit stitches.  The fabric is the same on both sides and has a lively lengthwise grain.


Chain 54 stitches or desired width of shawl (24 - 30 inches)
Row 1 Ch 1, turn, sc in each ch across
Row 2 Ch 3 turn, DC in each sc across
Row 3 & 4 Repeat row 2
Repeat these four rows until shawl measures 57-60 inches long.  Finish off with one row of sc.

FINISHING: Add fringes to the shawl.  Use 1 yard/meter or yarn per tassel.  Fold the length of yarn in half three times.  Pull folded end through edge of shawl with a large crochet hook, put ends through loop, pull snug and cut the loops.

"You created my inmost self, knit me together in my mother's womb.  For so many marvels I thank you: a wonder am I, and all your works are wonders." From Psalm 139



New York State Of Mind said...

Hope you like my shawl. I still treasure it. I can't get over that someone would give me that beautiful shawl. Every time I wear the shawl I say a prayer for that church.


New York State Of Mind said...

I put the post on early. It's 5:20 AM. Jean, and David are going with me to the auction so I have to run over to their house and pick them up on the way. David also has a route that is faster than the way I was going to go. Hope to get lots of pictures of the auction, if they are allowed.


Fiona said...

Hello Marilyn
So Beautiful you can see it has been made with love and care
What a wonderful gift to receive I would be overwhelmed as well
Thank you for the information -it must be like having a pair of loving arms wrapped around you-giving comfort to many is very special

Enjoy the Auction -looking forward to hearing about it-its lovely Jean and David are going with you


Vickie said...

What a pretty prayer shawl you own.
I hope you are having a good time right now at the auction. I look forward to some pictures.

Countryside Reflections said...

Your shawl is beautiful Marilyn. What a wonderful gift from this church. I really enjoyed reading about the history and having the patterns.

It's a beautiful day for an auction. I hope you can take some pictures, and it's so nice to have the company of Jean and David. I'm looking forward to hearing about it.


kymber said...

Marilyn - thank you for the pictures! i was sure that the shawl was going to be beautiful but it is even more beautiful than i expected. thank for you providing the additional information and the websites - i am going to check out both sites. i am sure that you will treasure your beautiful shawl. i know i would!!!

have fun at the auction and make sure to tell us all about it, even if you can't take pics. i am sure it will be a great time!

your friend,

New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Everyone,
I am so glad that you liked the shawl. It means so much to me. I agree, it is really beautiful. Also glad you enjoyed the information.

Jean, David, Michael, Edward and I had a great time. I have over 200 pictures, but I have to go through some of them. Poor Jean got upset because she locked the keys in my car. When I got there David had the policeman there. But I showed them that you don't need the key to open my car door. It will take more than one post to get everything on about the auction.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Folks,
Jean and I were just talking. I have lots of photos of different quilts. So instead of having that buggy for a while, Jean decided that she would like a different quilt on. So each week that Jean posts there will be a different quilt. On Monday, there will be the buggy but after that we will have a different quilt. Hope everyone agrees to that.

Kevin is going to be doing a post on his and Bridget's trip to Oklahoma, a week from Monday.


Countryside Reflections said...

I would love to see the different quilts!! I'm looking forward to hearing from Kevin. How nice of him to do a post. Pretty soon we'll "know" the whole family which I think is really great.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Doreen,
I think you will like those quilts although my picture taking of them wasn't the best in the world. Yes, Kevin is coming because Bridget was to shy. Am trying to get them all on here.

In case you or anyone else is interested and I love the way they say this: Plan to attend the New York Haiti Benefit Auction Next Year Lord Willing, June 21, 2014.


Chasity said...

That is a lovely shawl!

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you so much, Chasity.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Evening,
I have three posts of the Haiti Benefit Auction going on next week. So there will be a post every day starting on Monday thru Saturday. I might put a post on tomorrow, too. If I do, it won't be about the Haiti Auction. I just put three posts on so I need a break until tomorrow.


SueAnn said...

There are so many ways prayer shawls are our church, they are given to the very ill only, or the dying.....I like very much, that she offered you one...just because....
I don't know that the Mennonites have a "pattern"....the one you listed is a very common pattern used for all prayer shawl groups around here..and some out in Oregon and Washington State.....maybe they use it a lot and donate a lot...but the 63 sts., and using seed stitch, is the common one....the to be able to make many , quickly, and have a pattern most anyone can follow....and some places...accept anything you knit for them!! Yours is beautiful...and much loved in the making...truely blessed....!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi SueAnn,
I went to see if the Mennonites thought of shawls and that is where I found the pattern. Jean said they do not have shawls in her church. The church that gave me my shawl will take shawls no matter how made. They are not after a certain pattern. I really like my shawl and to think someone had made this.


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