I just finished the Comfort Shawl I started a few days back. I'll post a picture in the morning-it's dripping on the back porch right now.
It dawned on me that I've done three shawls this year that I've called prayer shawls. There really is no other term for them.
The first was one I sent to my aunt; unbeknownst to me, my younger cousin was on the brink of a massive stroke when she made her husband take her to the ER. My aunt sat with her day after day (while adjusting to her own very recent widowhood) so the shawl showed up right on time.
The second, I sent to a friend of a friend. She's going on a journey these days, and I hope it will be swift and merciful.
This last one will be for an aquaintance who's had a rude shock after an annual exam.
What is it, why do I do this? This tugging and swirling of string and sticks in the hope that I can make something better for someone...chances are I probably can't. I am not exactly certain. Do I do this for their prayers, or to give physical evidence of mine?