ARMONK, N.Y. - Armonk resident Lorraine Wuttke and friends attend the North Castle Adult Club at Hergenhan Recreation Center most Mondays and Thursdays to knit and crochet sweaters that are donated to children in need.
Wuttke, 82, has been making wool clothing for years but said she came up with the idea to make sweaters and blankets for charity when she read an article in a magazine.
I happened to get a magazine and in it was an article where people were making sweaters and sending them off and I thought, maybe thats something good for us to do, Wuttke said. We make sweaters and blankets all different sizes and colors for children from about the ages two to 14.
Wuttke said she and her friends had never counted the number of items they completed until about three years ago. Since then, she said about 190 sweaters and blankets have made their way from Armonk to children in need.
At any given time, Wuttke added, there are typically just three people working on the clothing. She said there are new people from time to time as well.
Wuttke receives letters and pictures from the recipients of sweaters and she enjoys seeing that the products are being put to good use.
When they send pictures of the children with our sweaters on, its cute. They always send me a card acknowledging theyve received the sweaters, Wuttke said Ive heard that the children act as if the sweaters are toys when they get them, theyre really happy, so thats a good feeling.
Over the years Wuttke has remained focused on producing as many sweaters as possible in the shortest amount of time.
We used to knit but now were crocheting because it goes faster. Knitting takes a long time and now that were crocheting we can push out more sweaters faster, Wuttke said. Were working, but it doesnt feel like hard work because we really love what we do.
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