The one-hour monologue explains the old wives’ tale about “the sweater curse,” which says never to knit for lovers, as he or she will leave before the project is finished. Elaine weaves in tales of her own unraveled romances and unfinished sweaters, with detours into great literary knitters like Penelope and Madame DeFarge. She knits onstage and invites the audience to bring their own projects and keep stitching during the play (“a plus for knitters who usually avoid theater because it means two hours without needles in their hands,” says Elaine).
The show runs May 15-25 at the Dallas Solo Festival and August 1-24 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
This 898-page watercolor mixing manual from 1692 has been all of the internet this week. If you haven’t been inspired by this meticulous and beautiful work, go take a peek. Book historian Erik Kwakkel has been posting pages on his Tumblr and the whole book and be seen here.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com