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‘Come by and knit with us’

CAITLIN ROW
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Summit Daily/Robert AllenAnyone interested in getting involved with the knitting group should visit the church on second Wednesdays each month, or call the church at (970) 453-4264.
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BRECKENRIDGE – Women at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Breckenridge are knitting gifts of comfort – prayer shawls for anyone in need. The group meets every second Wednesday each month at 9:30 a.m. in the parish hall.

“It’s just a shawl, something we all wear, a long scarf that you wrap yourself in,” said Summit County group founder Maggie Ducayet, who also noted that prayer shawl ministries are located across the U.S. “It’s meant to be comfort for someone if someone is troubled or ill.”

Ducayet said wrapping someone in a shawl is like wrapping them in love. The group has been knitting and crocheting prayer shawls for five years now, and they’ve completed hundreds now located all over the world.

And they’re completely free.

“All you have to do is ask,” Ducayet said, noting that they can be picked up at the church. “And every single one is different. They take on their own character.”

Recently made shawls have been given to expectant mothers and to children – Ducayet is currently making some for her grandchildren to express her love.

“It’s a wonderful outreach,” she said. “While we’re knitting and crocheting, we’re thinking about the person (it’s being made for). It’s just amazing where they’ve gone.”

A printed note is always delivered with a scarf, and it tells the recipient that the maker was thinking of them while the shawl was being knit, and that the person is blessed.

According to Ducayet, the knitting group is made up of five to six regulars and other volunteers who come occasionally.

“Lots of people come in and pick up yarn to knit at home,” she added.

Interested people who don’t know how to knit or crochet, but would like to get involved, can be taught by members of the group. Yarn, tools and instructions will be provided to everyone.

“We have beautiful yarns, and shawls can be made that are both complex and simple,” Ducayet said. “We’d love to have people just come by and knit with us.”

Anyone interested in getting involved should visit the church on second Wednesdays each month, or call the church at (970) 453-4264.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.


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