The news isn't good. A family member, or a dear friend, is facing a life crisis and, whether they are near or far, you reacts as any loved one would, with shock, sadness, and hope. However, as a knitter, there is additional response, the hands ache with the desire to create.
There is an intense need to "do something" and the mind constantly churns with the desire to make the right healing, prayer-filled project. Patterns are selected and rejected, decisions of which yarn is right, which color is best, are constantly bouncing around in the knitters head.
As the ideas fall into place and the needles begin to click, a sense of peace descends, the knitter's angst, sorrow, hope, love and prayers flow through busy fingers. The act of creation begins, the mind stills, the project grows, and feelings of hope and love become more prevalent as prayers fill each stitch.
This shawl is for a loved one in need of all my prayers, all the positive energy I can muster, and all my hope. This is where my mind, my fingers, find peace, this is my way of crossing the miles with loving care.
I have been the recipient of many hand knit prayers and can attest to just how touching, inspiring, and wonderful it is to feel this gift of love from the hands of another knitter, a caring friend.
As often as I can, as often as needed, knitting for others fills me peace, fills me with love and hope for the person in need. Whether you knit for someone you know, or your knitting is share with an unknown, there is nothing like giving a gift created as prayers, and love, flow through your fingers.