Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Prayer Shawl Journal & Guidebook


In times of stress and sorrow and even celebrations, we look for ways to show we care and give support. What better way than to wrap those concerned in a prayer shawl.

The Prayer Shawl Journal & Guidebook coverJanet Severi Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo, co-founders of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, have written a new book that is a must have for knitters and crocheters. THE PRAYER SHAWL JOURNAL & GUIDEBOOK: Inspiration, Plus Knit and Crochet Basics will inspire and educate.

This book is great for the novice knitter or crocheter with basic instructions on stitches, yarns and techniques. It’s also helpful for the expert crafter with detailed patterns and tips. The 10 lovely step-by-step shawl patterns are designed for all skill levels. Each pattern is accompanied by beautiful rich, color photos of the shawls.

In addition, this book serves as an inspirational journal. Designed with a month-by-month Prayer Shawl Year section, there are also journal pages for writing personal entries. To encourage peace and relaxation, there are inspirational quotes throughout the book. To assist with yarn projects, there are also pages to list project ideas, record current and past knit/crochet projects, and keep track of notions and yarns on hand.

This charming paperback book features 30 color photographs and 70 drawings to enhance the prayer shawl creating experience. The patterns, tips and techniques are presented in an easy-to-follow user-friendly format.

Just like prayer shawls bring warmth and kindness, THE PRAYER SHAWL JOURNAL & GUIDEBOOK will bring hours of harmony and enjoyment for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels. 

The Prayer Shawl Journal & Guidebook: Inspiration, Plus Knit and Crochet Basics by Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo, Taunton Press, @2014, ISBN: 978-1621136736, Paperback, 160 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you’re having a pleasant Saturday and the weather is treating you well. Have you ever made a prayer shawl or been given one? If you crochet and/or knit, who taught you to enjoy these amazing crafts?

7 comments:

  1. why is it called a prayer shawl? Is there some interesting meaning?

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    1. Dez, sorry I should have mentioned that. My understanding is that when someone makes a prayer shawl for a certain person, they will say prayers for that person - healing prayers or prayers of joy depending on why they're giving the shawl. If they are making the shawl just to give without knowing the person, then they'll say prayers for good health and well-being while making the shawl. Some also say prayers over the finished shawl. I guess you could say it's a way of sending positive thoughts and energy with the shawl when it's given.

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    2. oooh, how lovely and almost magical! I was afraid it's something connected with going to church :) but I like this meaning much better!

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  2. Mason - What an interesting and comforting way to show support. I used to crochet aeons ago, but I haven't in a very long time. I remember thinking how soothing it was.

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    1. Margot, the shawls are a great way to show support. To me crocheting is very relaxing. I can also listen to an audio book while I'm crocheting and that's fun.

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  3. I like the idea of a journal to go with it.
    Ann

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    1. Ann, the journal is a nice touch and so helpful.

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