A Blog Post Update


Several of my blogging friends have kindly asked if I am OK since my blog posts have been few and far between this year.  I’m happy to report that I’m doing pretty well but moving very slowly and not getting too much done.  I have spinal stenosis issues which have forced me to give up quilting (except for very small items) and experimental cooking (which I’ve always loved) but I’m doing fine for an octogenarian, I think.

One thing I’ve been able to do comfortably is to continue my newfound hobby of knitting.  About 95% of the knitting is for charities and one of my newer ones is the Pine Ridge Children’s group in South Dakota.  I found them through Ravelry – http://www.ravelry.com/groups/for-the-children-of-pine-ridge  They need and appreciate everything that is warm and comforting which gives me an opportunity to make a variety of clothing.  I especially enjoy knitting for babies and preschoolers.  These are some of the items I finished in the past couple of weeks which will soon be on their way to a home for mothers and children who have escaped abusive situations.




This vest is the largest size piece of clothing I’ve made so far – will fit a boy age 6-7.


This poncho is for a little girl about 4 or 5 and I hope she likes the doggy buttons.



I have some more projects ready to launder and, of course, a couple of things “on the needles”.  I’m grateful that I can be doing something useful that I enjoy.



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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.

14 thoughts on “A Blog Post Update”

  1. Glad you are coping with the physical challenges that life throws at us as we age. 🙂 Useful and beautiful. I just wish I lived closer so you could give me some lessons. I’ve been trying to teach myself to knit and I can’t get past the very, very basics. Oh well, I’ll keep trying, but I’m in awe of your skills. 🙂

  2. I once read the story of a woman who was confined to her bed and unable to even care for herself. A friend visiting and was surprised to see her so cheerful. The woman said, “I am so happy. I finally have all the time I want to pray for those I love.” Gave me a lot to think about. So good to hear from you and know you are well. Your knitting is lovely and functional.

  3. I wish I lived near you too! I would love to know how to knit. I went to a class at the library on crochet, but I can’t make turns, so I can make lots of straight strips hahah. Your baby items are just so beautiful ! what a wonderful gift that you can share with those in need! and I only do little quilts now too – I think I like little quilt projects much better – they get finished faster ! P.S. have you tried pool therapy ? if there is a place near you, pools do wonders for spinal problems.

  4. I think you are doing wonderfully and I look forward to each of your posts no matter how far apart they are. I so admire and look up to you as someone, like my Nana, who worked her crocheting – like your knitting – for those less fortunate up into her 90’s and I expect the same from you with at least a few photos every once in a while to keep us updated on your busy life! xoxoxo Kelli

  5. These are such beautiful things! I know they will be so appreciated. It gets very cold in both the Dakotas. The vest is wonderful and those little buttons make that one very special. I know they are going to be loved.

  6. Thanks so much. I’m fortunate my spinal stenosis diagnosis from many years ago was false and that though the local medical university I found a great doc who’s repaired many, many years of wear and tear. In fact, I’m going to paint my own ceilings after Thanksgiving! Your knitting is beautiful; certainly wish I could master this skill. Please stay in touch; we miss you when you’re gone for weeks at a time. I’ve a ton of fun buttons if you’d like them. Hugs,

  7. What beautiful work you do and for a great cause! I know it took me over a year to get my daughter away from an abusive scumbag!

  8. Lillian, I too wondered where you’d been. Your efforts to help children and abused mothers are wonderful. Such lovely items are sure to be received with gratitude and will surely help to keep those little ones warm in winter.

    I’m sorry to hear about your painful condition! I have another quilter friend who suffered from stenosis (lower spine) and she had surgery done. She’s back to quilting and even rides with her husband on the back of a motorcycle! Is there hope for surgery in your case?

    Sending love,

    1. Lynda, for some reason (maybe my age) they don’t consider me a good candidate for surgery. I don’t want to ride a motorcycle, but I wouldn’t mind being able to stand up and roll pie crust – sitting down is awkward and makes a mess.

  9. Lillian, I’ve missed you in this blogging world! I am happy to hear you’re doing pretty well. I’m sorry to hear about the spinal stenosis, please take care! Your love for knitting has rewarded more than your enjoyment, but also some warmth for those who need it. Thank you for giving us this update and also inspiring to give to a worthy charity!

  10. Lillian, it’s so good to hear you’re doing well! All of the items you made are beautiful, but my favorite is the pink and grey sweater! I wish I could crochet or knit like that. I’ve tried to do different things with crochet, but so far the only thing I can do is granny squares. I tried knitting years ago, but something about holding the needles made my arms and wrists hurt.

  11. How good to read that in spite of health issues you are still creating lovely and useful items. I can imagine that the recipients of your knitted items will enjoy both the warmth and your fine sense of color.

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