We have a clearly disproportionately high number of knitters coming to our aid as compared to spinners. If there are more spinners out there sitting on the fence about helping us out in this project, we would very much appreciate your help.
Additional information has come forth regarding the shawls. The mothers who have lost a child must wear black for the period of a year following their loss. Amish shawls are plain, plain, plain. No lace. No cables. No embellishments. We have found some photos which depicted short fringe on some shawls. It is possible that even knitting the victim's name into the hem might not be acceptable to the recipients. While the spinning is commencing, we can dig into this further. In the meanwhile, the Prairie Shawl pattern in Cheryl Oberle's book Folk Shawls seems to be compatible with the shawls we have seen in photographs of the Amish.
Meanwhile, thank all of you in the fiber community for your support in spinning, knitting and even cheering us along in this endeavor!