Knitting -Wednesday WIP – Cloud on Her Shoulders Shawl

My WIP this week is a child’s shawl based on a pattern called Cloud on Her Shoulders. This is a free pattern by someone who makes a lot of shawls for cancer patients and nursing home residents. She mentioned something I hadn’t thought of – wheelchair patients and anyone who has to sit most of the day will do better with a shawl that does not have a point that can get caught in wheels and short enough not to be bulky when sitting. I’m auditioning this in a child’s size with the thought of making it for senior ladies to help them be warm and comfortable.

I finished my Little Lacy Shawl made from gift yarn and I think it turned out well, although using dark fingering weight yarn is not my strong point. I had my younger daughter model it – I know I’ll be using it a lot.


I also finished the little 0-3 months sweater WIP from last week and added a hat to match.

Sweater pattern:

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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.

6 thoughts on “Knitting -Wednesday WIP – Cloud on Her Shoulders Shawl”

  1. Hi Lillian! My friends and family call me Ginger, although at my age (79), I think I’m a tad too old to be called such a young name! 😉

    I do not blog myself, but I truly enjoy following a few select blogs and joining in on the comments. I have been following Judy (NewEnglandGardenandThread) for about 3 years. She was kind enough to point me in the direction of your blog because she was sure I would like it. And she was right!

    Some of your recipes are very close to what I’m used to. In fact, your recipe for peanut butter cookies is the exact recipe I’ve followed since I’m 12 years old! I laughed out loud when I read it. Better Homes and Garden Cook Book was my mother’s Bible for cooking and baking, so I imagine that’s where her recipe came from.

    I never mastered knitting or crocheting, but your pieces are just lovely. My favorite Great Aunt Emma worked miracles with her knitting needles and crochet hooks. Seeing examples of your beautiful pieces brought back some wonderful, warm memories of her. Thank you for that.

    I just love the idea of creating shawls for “ladies of a certain age” as well as for those who are confined to a wheelchair or who are unable to move around much. And you’re right about the ’rounded’ shawl…’s perfect!!

    So happy to meet you Lillian. I look forward to reading future posts. We ‘mature’ gals have to stick together! 😄
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

    1. Ginger, I’m so glad you stopped by and from your writing, I think you live up to your name completely. I’m grateful that Judy pointed you this way. Have you considered doing a blog yourself? You write so well and I’m sure you have a lot of stories to tell. What part of the country are you from? I’m in Loveland, close to Cincinnati, Ohio.

      1. Hahahah!! If you saw me and my arthritis hobbling around you’d be convinced my name was Methuselah!!! But thank you for your kind words.

        I live in Orange County, NY ….. often referred to as the Mid-Hudson Valley. And just like you must be doing, we’re gearing up for winter. Not a fan of the cold weather. Being out playing in the snow when I was a kid was great fun. Now it’s just a royal pain in the neck!!

        Have a wonderful weekend.
        🔹 Ginger 🔹

  2. Wow, you were a knitting fiend! Wonderful projects all. I like the color on yours – a little extra warmth right where it’s needed.

    1. Judy, I enjoy doing the wee ones the most. I feel like the toddlers and pre-schoolers are forgotten sometimes and try to do things for them before they get to school and get too sophisticated for handmade stuff.

      Thank you so much for referring Ginger. I’ve suggested she start a blog – she writes so well and would have so much to say.

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