Exactly what is Comfort & Joy? We are a loosely-knit group (See what I did there?) of folks from St. Thomas’, Towson and Holy Comforter, Lutherville, who have gotten together for a few years to knit and crochet prayer shawls, baptism blankets, scarves for Meals on Wheels, baby hats for newborns, lap blankets and a few other things I’ve probably forgotten. The group will begin a new season at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 14th at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall at St. Thomas’.
So. What is it all about? We gather to pray, reflect, knit/crochet, and tell stories, then take whatever we are working on home and continue to work there. There are no deadlines, per se, but in addition to the ongoing creation of Prayer Shawls, there may be individual projects that come up that do have deadlines. For example, St. Thomas’ is a Meals-On-Wheels distribution site, and again this year, we are making scarves to go to M.O.W. folks in December. (You don’t even have to come and stitch with us to help meet our Meals on Wheels goal! All scarves should measure 5″ – 7″ wide and 60″ – 72″ inches long. They need to fit in gallon-sized Ziploc bags. Our goal is 200+ scarves by Thanksgiving.)
Folks have asked, “What if I don’t finish?” “What if I’m really not very good?” My response is “So what?”. You tried it, it didn’t work for you, and that’s ok. My own life philosophy is that I’d rather regret the things I *didn’t* do than regret the things I tried. I am a terribly unskilled knitter, but I have knit 2 prayer shawls. I am an adequate crocheter, but I hold the hook wrong and can’t really read a pattern. But, I do what I can. Give us some thought, and we hope you can join us on September 14th, or at another session if that works better for you. If you have any questions, I’ll be more than happy to (at least try to) answer them. Beth Crosby – (firstname.lastname@example.org)