Obsessed with Knitting

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I’ve tried knitting in the past without success and without one finished object, but have been looking for another hobby since my quilting is limited now because of back problems to small wall hangings and similar projects.  My younger daughter is an expert knitter and keeps me well supplied with socks, scarves, hats, mittens and beautiful shawls….two of the most recent ones…

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From past experience, I didn’t feel I could ever make such beautiful things, but I was inspired by her work for various charities and hoped I might be able to make some of these simple items.  For Christmas, I asked her for some very general knitting supplies to get started and she gave me a wonderful reproduction bag from WW II England filled with yarn, needles, patterns and instructions.

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The bag commemorates all of the knitting the women of Great Britain did during the war.  The Women’s Volunteer Service pin is actually one from the era, which my daughter ordered from England.

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The day after Christmas, I started reading through the instructions, checking out the online links (YouTube is great), and started a child’s scarf.  During the month of January, I completed four children’s scarves for Scarf It Up in Northern Kentucky.  They collect scarves for underprivileged/homeless adults and children….


…and three adult scarves for Knit Your Bit.  This group collects adult scarves starting in September that they hand out on Veteran’s Day to vets visiting the National World  War II Museum in New Orleans.  Red, white and blue scarves are the most popular.


Amazingly, I’m able to relax and knit comfortably and, even better, I actually complete what I started.  Thank you, daughter, for a wonderful gift and a new obsession.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

8 thoughts on “Obsessed with Knitting”

  1. Good for you! I’m so pleased this is a comfortable craft for you. I will probably never figure it out! LOL I love the pictures of you in your lovely knitwear, and the pictures of your scarves.

  2. Lillian, that is wonderful that you have picked up your knitting needles and have decided to use your talent to make items for others. I used to be a knitter and then when I started making hats and Prayer Shawls I found that I could crochet so much faster. One of the things that I wanted to do this year was to get back into knitting. It is so portable and so relaxing. Your daughter’s shawls are beautiful and how lucky that you have your own private teacher. Since I haven’t been quilting in a long time, I started another blog
    Knottedthreadsandyarn.blogspot.com. You can see some of my Prayer Shawls there.

  3. I absolutely love your new blog’s theme and cute, welcoming pink color! As for knitting, I’ve only been able to do scarves–wish I was better at it. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to share your creations in such a positive way! Your daughter’s really talented.

  4. What a joy to have a new obsession and one so generous to others – a perfect combination. Knitting is something I’ve often tried but like you never completed a project – good for you for getting on with it! What a great bag and pin as well – very thoughtful of your daughter. Your valentines theme header and colours are very pretty😍

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