Knitting for the Children of Pine Ridge

fullsizerenderThis summer, my younger daughter and I discovered a charity which accepts all kinds of cold weather items for their children on a Lakota Indian reservation in South Dakota.  They have very severe winters and say they are under-served at this location, grateful for anything hand-knit or crocheted that will help keep the children warm.  Unlike most of the charities we support, they accept not only acrylic but also wool and wool blend items and are currently trying to get enough scarves and mittens to supply each of their children in grades K-12.  In August, we mailed some items I had made…four hats, four pr. mittens and two scarves.


In addition, my daughter contributed 11 hats, 12 pr mittens and 10 scarves.

As of this date, they have collected enough hats but still need lots of scarves and mittens.  Today, I’ll be mailing 5 beautiful pairs of mittens from my daughter …

I contributed 3 scarves …



…one scarf/mitten set ….


…two neck warmers ….


…and one neck warmer/hat/mitten set.

We’ll continue to work on items for this project until they reach their goal, hopefully by November 1.

This is the link through Ravelry:




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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.

7 thoughts on “Knitting for the Children of Pine Ridge”

  1. I used to donate to this group when I was working cannot afford to anymore but I will tell Sandie and Sarah they can save up some clothes for them that we could send. Got the cd and thanks Lil I will find out Thursday what awaits me in the hospital hopefully

    Don Lucas

  2. Your knit donations are lovely and such a worth charity to donate your knitting. Bud was stationed for three years at Minot AFB, North Dakota, believe me it gets very cold in the Dakotas. We went from living on North Shore of Hawaii to Minot, N.D. All courtesy of the United States Air Force. Love your new header on your blog any special significance. I had some confusion with Go Daddy and Google and did not get my blog re-registered, my American Vintage Quilts has been deleted.

  3. This is awesome! I want to bookmark this in case I find myself knitting a scarf (which is the only thing I can knit). Your pieces are so beautiful and creative 🙂

  4. Bless your hearts! I know about this reservation because my former bosses wife went to school on that particular reservation as her mother was the teacher at the time (60’s a nd 70’s). These folks are extremely underserved and every donation is used! This is a fine charitable contribution that will be given directly to those who need it. Great job! Kelli

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