Prayer Shawls for Every Occasion

comments (4) November 20th, 2008     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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Michael proudly shows off his featured shawl Mystery of the Trinity.

Michael proudly shows off his featured shawl "Mystery of the Trinity."

Photo: Courtesy of Unwound Unique Yarns Blowing Rock, NC

Prayer shawls have been on my list for some time. How would I get involved? What do I make? Where will I find the time? Out of the blue, all these questions were answered. While hanging out at my LYS, I learned that one of my knitting buddies, Michael Zuravel, had a pattern featured in a new book all about the subject called The Prayer Shawl Companion. Written by the founders of, this is the ultimate guide to all things related to the prayer shawl movement from patterns to prayers.

Michael is an accomplished knitter who has been honing his craft for more than 12 years. He was immediately drawn to the craft while visiting a friend who was knitting a hat in the round. He begged her to teach him on the spot and he hasn't stopped knitting since. Being a male minority in the knitting world does not bother him at all as he is an integral part of the knitting scene both in the St. Petersburg, FL, and Blowing Rock, NC, communities he calls home. Michael loves to knit shawls and kimonos and has been known to take on gargantuan projects like nine-foot-diameter lace tablecloths! Currently knitting a beaded lace shrug, his next project is yet to be determined but is guaranteed to be spectacular.

I have the book on my nightstand and will enjoy poring over the patterns to pick out just the perfect one to create and present. Unlike the traditional knitting books available on the market, The Prayer Shawl Companion promises more than instruction in knitting; it provides instruction in heartful living and giving.

posted in: Prayer shawl patterns, prayer shawl inspiration

Comments (4)

sherlyn writes: This is absolutely beautiful! My knitting skills are limited but I love the craft anyway. Congratulations on such a fine shawl!!
Posted: 12:04 pm on March 15th
ewephoric writes: great interview! love hearing about where fabulous design ideas come from
Posted: 7:22 pm on December 4th
Jen1964 writes: I imagine that guys who knit must get a lot of nurturing and attention from their knitting pals. It goes well with T.V., though not so well with the buffalo wings! Love that pattern. I think I'll look up the site you mentioned. I've done some of my own ideas, but wouldn't mind some other fresh inspirations too. Love doing cables, by the yard. Sometimes you just have to do other things, though!
Posted: 6:07 pm on November 26th
SMVG writes: Tina,
Thanks for featuring Michael's shawl. I hope this encourages more men to take up knitting. I love to see the creative side of our men friends who enjoy the craft.

Posted: 12:38 pm on November 22nd
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