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Twenty-first century knitting

It’s back, en vogue, and at Riderwood, it’s for a cause

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November 3rd, 2016
Riderwood’s Needlecrafters knit about 1,000 baby blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, and scarves every year for charity.

Riderwood’s Needlecrafters knit about 1,000 baby blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, and scarves every year for charity.

The image of a sweet grandmother sitting in a rocking chair and knitting is definitely an outdated cliché. Sure, there are plenty of women at Riderwood who enjoy knitting, but these inspiring ladies aren’t just whiling away the hours—they are knitting for a cause.

Needlecrafters

The Riderwood Needlecrafters is a group of 35 women who meet once a week to stitch baby blankets and sweaters as well as hats, gloves, and scarves. 

They typically produce about 1,000 lovingly handmade pieces a year, which they donate to people in need at domestic violence shelters, on Native American reservations, and to other charities. 

“The Needlecrafters are so worthwhile because we give all of this stuff away to people who need it,” says resident Peggy Zee, cochair of the group.

Over the hours they spend knitting beautiful blankets and snuggly sweaters, the ladies of the Riderwood Needlecrafters have a great opportunity to form close friendships. And, Peggy says, the club is a way for the women to get back into knitting, a hobby that many of them haven’t done since they were much younger.

“If you ask any woman in Riderwood, ‘Do you knit?’ they will say they did a long time ago, and we get them back,” Peggy says. “They learn more and more about knitting, and we all kind of teach each other as we go.”

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