Yesterday, between hangin’ with the prayer shawl ministry and finding myself with nothing to do and watching Secret of Nimh on Hulu, I managed to finish the Prayer Shawl.


Here it is blocking. I got creative as my usual surface, the guest bed, was covered with stuff I hadn’t organized to pack yet.


I tried it on the following morning, and as you see, it didn’t end up with a big pregnant bulge at one end. The sides didn’t flatten as much as I’d hoped, but that was inevitable unless I was going to give it a garter or seed stitch border, which didn’t actually occur to me to do.


I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Someone will love it, but I’m definitely going to give a bit more thought next time between the color of the yarn and what the pattern looks like. Purple zebra stripe yarn would look good at lots of things – flowers, bobbles, snowflakes… but not leaves. Leaves would make sense in almost any color except blue, purple, or pink.


A closeup of the leaves.

In three short hours, Jared & I are leaving for the airport to disappear into three countries over the course of sixteen days (Mostly Uganda). You’ll get an entry or two while we’re gone, but we’re pretty much going to disappear. If you’d like to get prayer updates of our travels while we’re gone, email St. Timothy’s church secretary, Becky, at: office at sttimscatonsville dot org to be added to the mailing list. We will definitely need your prayers while we’re cavorting around. You can get at least a general idea of what we’re up to on our missions page .

We leave you with this thought, to give you something to look forward to in two weeks:


Fleece. The fibrous fronteer. These are the voyages of the yarnship enterprise. It’s ongoing mission: to explore strange new yarn stores. To seek out new yarns and new fiber-producing animals. To boldly go where no needles have gone before.

WHOOSH ooooooooOOOOOOOO ooo ooo ooo oo oooooooo …. ooo ooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOO ooo ooo ooo oo ooooooooooo …..

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