Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pink Loveliness Prayer Shawl

Before starting this ministry I received guidance via a dream to make a pink shawl for a dear friend of mine.  At the time I merely made a mental note that it should be done, whom it was for and the color and put it in the back of y mind.  I had no design in mind for the yarn and so opted to wait for further instruction.  It came sporadically via random thoughts but not quit in full form.  At one point while going through my yarn stash I noted a small amount of a variegated pink that I had decided I couldn't stand.  It had been relegated to the bottom of my yarn bag because I just couldn't personally stand to use it in anything and the bright idea I had had when I bought it had not quite worked out well.  Never one to throw something out I kept it for whenever it would find use.  Being that my dream has indicated that the shawl would be pink this seemed like the perfect use to me.  Later I came across a book about prayer shawls and went through noting patterns I liked and reading the stories of each of the shawls.  While I couldn't immediately settle on any one shawl I figured that between this book, the other versions, the website, and the various shawls that had been made for this purpose before that I would find something.  At long last I settled on a simple k3,p3 rib pattern.  As the yarn was variegated too busy a stitch pattern would be too much and take away from the calming effect intended for these pieces.

At long last (I can't quite recall when I started it) I have finished it.  Measuring a grand 65" in length working in a plain ribbing became tedious after awhile and while I would not give up on it (because I was told to make it and I couldn't ignore that) I am glad that I can finally put it down!

 When I was first given the direction to make this shawl, I really didn't know why.  But we can all use a hug or prayers or at the very least good thoughts so I figured it would have a purpose at some point - even if it was just to keep her warm.  However, in the time that followed I noted that she suffered several instances that were trying and emotionally tough on her.  As I spoke with her fairly often and as we are good friends I was privy to numerous goings on in her life.  As these unfolded I saw the need for the shawl, as well as why it was to be pink.  Pink is the color of the heart chakra - it represents love and compassion, not only for ourselves but for others, family, friends, and the entire world.  It can be hard to encompass the last one at times, afterall who wants to love their enemies?  But it is important to do so, it leads to wholeness rather than division and ultimately heals the soul.  The first place to start loving however is the self, and I feel that this shawl will help do that.  Not only will it be a loving hug, but a symbolic reminder of those who have been loved and loss, a reminder of gratitude, and that all is not lost.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Updates for June...

Just so everyone is on the same page, things are continuing to move along slowly.  For myself I am personally still working on a shawl for one of the recipients on the list put out for May and when it's finished a new list will be put out to include those who have not received a shawl at all so that members can be sure to distribute one accordingly.


Friday, May 6, 2011

About the Multi-Faith Prayer Shawl Ministry

What is a prayer shawl?
A prayer shawl is a knitted, crocheted, sewn, or woven shawl that has been made in a meditative gesture, prayed and blessed with the intention of providing healing and comfort to a person in need.  This person may be going through any number of emotional traumas related to loss of a loved one, illness, injury, divorce, etc.

Who is involved?
Anyone who chooses to knit, crochet, sew, or weave can be involved.  You do not need to be a member of a specific faith or belief system to make a prayer shawl.  You may or may not know the person who the shawl is for when you start to make it or you may have the intention of making it for one person and it goes to another.

While this is strictly a non-profit venture money and time is put forth by volunteers to make these wonderful shawls.  If you feel the need you are welcome to donate in order to facilitate the production and dispensal of shawls (yarn for future shawls, money to help with purchase of yarn and shipping costs, or a made shawl!)

Contact Information:
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, wish to participate or make a request for a shawl please contact:

Rev. Naware Danaus, RMT of PhoenixFlame Healing Center
(804) 396-2867

    Or one of our other volunteers:

    *No volunteers at present*


    Prayer Shawl Recipients List - May 2011

    This is a current list of recipients that have been "nominated" to receive a prayer shawl for one reason or another.  This list will be ever evolving and will be updated each month on the first.  If you would like to enter someone onto this list please contact us.  If you would like to include a reason why (divorce, death of a loved one, etc), this may help in choosing materials for shawls, feel free but this is not required.

    Another advent of this list is that recipients will be marked with whether they have on in progress (this information will be anonymous) so that those wishing to make one can choose someone in need.  While it is perfectly fine for more than one shawl to be made for a given person we encourage people to make one for someone who does not have one currently in progress to provide for the most people possible.

    • Nicole Lendman
    • Cindy Ramsey
    • Lori Rock
    • Dondra DeMichele
    • Judy McNease
    • Krystal Hobeck
    • Robing Young
    • Angel Jackson
    • Sara Thompson
    • Sarah Lawhon
    • Nicole Mayer-Young


    Prayer Shawl Participants...

    We're gathering our list for participants for this project.  If you would like to be a part of this project and donate to our cause please contact us!

    We'll need the following:

    • Name
    • email
    • Address
    • Whether you knit, crochet, or both
    When we've entered you into our roster you'll receive an email from us confirming your name and information.  In the event that anything changes it will be up to you to let us know, just as your level of participation is entirely up to you.


    Sunday, April 17, 2011

    Starting up!

    This blog is dedicated to documenting and sharing the efforts of PhoenixFlame Healing Center's Multi-faith Prayer Shawl Circle.  Here we will share updates, including finished projects and donation lists and requirements.  You can stop by here to answer most of your questions.

    We also have a presence on Facebook where you can join in and post your own progress.  (Posts made here will be shared there as well.)

    If you have any questions feel free to contact us!