Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love at Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18), reviewed by Fiona Shepherd
This lovely, calming monologue by Texan writer/performer Elaine Liner really is a hand-knitted affair, with examples of her work draped around the room.
No prior knowledge or even enthusiasm for knitting is required to enjoy this intimate, personable hour. However, audience members are encouraged to bring their own knitting and click-clack away throughout the show while Liner presents her meditation on the art.
She recites examples of knit-lit from Greek mythology to Charles Dickens – who knew there were so many yarns involving yarn? – and outlines her string of relationships, including one real heartbreaker, which have fallen foul of the so-called sweater curse, which holds that if you start knitting a garment for your love, he/she will leave you before you have finished it.
Liner is a knitting purist – anti-acrylic, anti-machine knit, even slightly anti-crocheting – but in favour of the deliberate mistake, for evidence of the human touch.
She has a lot of that herself, being a consistently soothing, sympathetic narrator, although her show unravels a little towards the end as she strays into sentimentality and self-help territory.
MORE INFO: Sweater Curse is at Sweet Grassmarket
Originally published in The Scotsman