The Prayer Shawl Companion: 38 Knitted Designs to Embrace, Inspire, and Celebrate Life by Janet Bristow and Victoria Cole-Galo. Published by Taunton (September 23, 2008).
Knitting or crocheting shawls/rugs is a good way of spending the evening – and keeps your hands busy while the mind is partially occupied elsewhere. When one sits and knits (or crochets) it is almost like meditation and also an act of love. And the feeling you get when you have finished it – the sense of accomplishment is a good feeling and quite addictive.
This book was written for for those of us who make shawls/rugs etc for the needy and covers from the absolute beginner to the most expert in knitting. It gives directions on forming groups for just that purpose. The book has 38 beautiful items to make and certainly a lot of inspiration to branch out and design a few more yourself.
It starts off with various bits of advice and a lovely introduction then jumps into the projects. I quite liked the “Friendship Patchwork Shawl” the knitting of which is very adaptable to whatever wool you choose to use. “Sierra Breeze” has been knitted in a variegated blue mohair/wool/nylon mix and it looks lovely soft and cosy. The “Mexican Rainbow Shawl” is bright and colourful and for the more experienced. There are fair Isle shawls and patchworks, baby shawls and knee rugs.
I would recommend this book to anyone who either wants to knit for family, for charity or just knit for the sake of keeping you hands usefully and pleasantly occupied.
About the reviewer: Janette spends her retirement working on all things yarn related. When not knitting, crocheting, felting or spinning she is slowly doing up an old weaving loom and plans to have a go on that as soon as she possibly can.