Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love

A knitting-themed yarn from Texan writer/performer

Texan writer and performer Elaine Liner performs this one-woman show on relationships, heartbreak, and – most of all – knitting.

The show’s events are neatly tied together by reference to Greek legends, which abound with knitting references: Penelope awaiting Odysseus’s return while stitching by day and unravelling her work by night; the Fates weaving and snipping the threads of people’s lives.

The ‘sweater curse’ of the show’s title is that if you attempt to knit something for your lover, they will leave you before the item is complete. Liner uses this to bring together her various doomed relationships, most of which are more comedy than tragedy: hipster poets and semi-professional mimes seem to be particular favourites. However, the show takes on a sadder, quieter tone with the sudden death of her ‘love at first sight’ Italian beau.

Audience participation is encouraged, both in adding a row to the multi-coloured travelling scarf and in suggesting your own knitting literary references. Sweater Curse is a sweet, undemanding yarn that will entertain any crafter – and don’t forget to bring along your knitting.

Sweet Grassmarket, 243 3596, until 26, 1.15pm, £8 (£6)

Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love

  • 3 stars

Elaine Liner. From Dallas, Texas, comes this smart solo comedy about love, old movies, great literature and unfinished jumpers. Like craft night with more laughs! Nora Ephron with needles! Don't talk to me about acrylic yarn,' says writer/performer Elaine Liner, 'it's cheap and loud, like the Real Housewives of Atlanta.…