Friday, July 15, 2011

“The Crotcheted Prayer Shawl Companion” by Janet Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo

"The Crotchet Prayer Shawl Companion" is a book that not only tells you about the prayer shawl ministry, but will help you begin one of your own. Whether you want to give one to someone who is ill or has a specific need, or to someone who wants one for their own prayer life, this book is for you. Throughout the book are instructions for the shawls along with beautiful color photographs of the finished product. The reader is given direction in choosing the right color, fiber, setting, and decorations for the chosen person; and is encouraged to pray over everything from the beginning to the giving. Each pattern includes the skill level and a personal story or two. There are also some wonderful tools in the back of the book like: how to start a prayer shawl ministry, crocheting abbreviations, yarn weight, and colors and symbology.

This book is not only wonderful for patterns and information, but also for giving thoughtful gifts. My favorite patterns are: "Power of Three Shawl," "Royal Leaf Shawl," "Double Hug Shawl," and "Crowns of Glory Shawl." I really liked the pictures and stories. This is a ministry just about anyone can be involved in. If you crochet, or know someone who does, this book is for you. I want to thank Net Galley and the publisher for the copy I read on my Nook. I plan to buy a copy for myself and for others.

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