Our group, Knitting into the Mystery, comprises more than 40 members and meets in two separate gatherings (morning and evening), on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Gatherings open and close with prayer and include a reflection/meditation offered by a participant and blessing of shawls. Nancy Ford was a guest speaker in 2011, and we hope to have Marion Little as a speaker in 2012.
We have received generous donations of yarn (washable synthetics preferred), although most members knit and provide shawls from their own resources. Well over a 100 shawls are blessed and bestowed each year. We pray for all who let us know of their need and requests for prayer are circulated by email.
Our knitting community now extends to St. Andrew’s, Port Angeles with exchange visits twice a year. St. Augustine’s in Vancouver has begun a group based on our program and plans a visit to us in Spring 2012. St. Mary’s in Oak Bay is a local offshoot of our group.
Many knitters volunteered for Partnering for Prevention, a conference of the Anglican Communion Safe Church Consultation, in June 2011. We are incorporated into Sunday worship each year on the 5th Sunday in Lent. In 2012 that is March 25, 2012.
Although our numbers are growing, we hope to retain the intimacy of our praying and knitting together in the venue of the deanery parlor, with evening meets at the home of group members.
Read an article by Mary Louise Meadow that was published in the Diocesan Post in March 2013: With Hearts and Hands