My Knitting Projects for February

After receiving a gift pack of knitting supplies for Christmas, I tried knitting again after unsuccessful attempts three or four times in my life (the last time about 30 years ago).  Thanks to my younger daughter’s help, You-Tube tutorials and circular needles, I have learned to knit and actually complete some simple items.

I made preemie/newborn hats for  I’ll be sending mine to a hospital in Columbus, Ohio.


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The Baby Bear Hat, shown above, is shown on, an excellent source for free patterns.
I also made a pair of booties for the newborn/preemies.  The pattern for these can be found at  I did these two-at-a-time on circular needles.

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I started making headbands/ear warmers for the Special Olympics in Arkansas.  These are not collected until the fall, so I’ll have time to make a lot more.  The colors for Arkansas are red and white.

I used a basic pattern found at  and made the center part different on each one, in one case using an easy Fair Isle design.


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I also began making nests for rescued wildlife baby and injured animals/birds.

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For personal use, I made a neck scarf .  This is from a free pattern on, called La Neckerchief.

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…..and a shawlette for a friend who won’t complain about any mistakes she sees.  It turned out shorter than I expected and my older daughter added a crocheted edging which I thought improved it a lot.

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I also made two Valentine mug warmers for my two daughters.  Instead of putting them on mugs, I wrapped them around half-pint Mason jars, filled with candy.

Valentine mugs

I may not always have this much to show – there were a lot of small items and I was extra-enthusiastic about my new hobby, but I hope to have a few things made for charity, at least, each month.

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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.

10 thoughts on “My Knitting Projects for February”

  1. Lillian, you are such a treasure. I love knowing you and bless Barbara Brackman’s Civil War blocks for bringing us together several years ago! These are all wonderful projects. Maybe there’s hope that I might someday understand the knitting process. =)

  2. And here I was concerned that we’d not heard from you in awhile. I’ve given up trying to tame two needles at the same time. Your work is beautiful and just like you to always remember others. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Wow, it is never too late to learn a new craft! 🙂 You are amazing!! I love seeing all you have made. The hats are adorable, and I bet you look wonderful in your new scarf! It looks to me like you are enjoying this new skill too! 🙂

  4. Great job! I have also taken up knitting this last year and have finally completed 3 pairs of low socks. I have been trying to get another pair started but keep making mistakes and ripping it out.

  5. Lillian, you never go halfway with your projects! Having just had our newest grandchild a week ago (she was three weeks early) I can tell you how much we appreciated the knitted cap for her head thanks to wonderful volunteers like you❤️

  6. Oh, Lillian, your projects make me wish I had learned to knit–my grandmother tried to teach me how to crochet but my lefthandedness annoyed her no end and she gave up on me. I adore those premie caps and I bet the hospital will be thrilled — sandy, sandychatter

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