Sara Lloyd learned to knit when she was 8 years old. So when she announced more than a year ago that she was going to knit her 2011 fall wardrobe, no one was surprised.
"It was one of those times when you say something and you don't even know for sure where it came from, but it was out there and I wanted to do it," she said.
Five sweaters and a jacket later, she's pretty much set for fall. And she's learned a lot.
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"Every sweater had something I didn't know how to do," she said.
She says there's no reason to fret if you make a mistake. You take it apart and do it over.
"I spent the most time on the purple sweater. I called it 'Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to rip I go," Sara said, laughing.
"This is not a sit-down-and-it-goes-wonderfully project, so you have a problem, you just go back and correct things," she said.
Her favorite part of knitting a garment is the designing aspect. "You can use the pattern as it is, or you can adapt it. Things get revised in the process," she said.
This experienced knitter says there are a couple of things that need to be kept in mind when knitting something. "People need to know about color and what color works for them. And they need to be honest about their measurements," she said.
"What you have when you're finished is a one-of-a-kind sweater," she said. "And as long as I take care of them, they'll last a lifetime."
Sara wants to encourage people who have stopped knitting to get back to it. And she encourages those who don't know how to learn.
Don't be scared, she said. In the past when she knitted a sweater, she had someone else "finish" it. That means put it together. (That reminded me of when I used to sew and complete everything but the zipper.)
After some help with finishing, she now knits a sweater, start to finish.
She's now working on knitted gifts. Is she nearly "knitted out"?
"No, I don't think I'll ever quit. I'm on to sweater number eight," she said.
"Now my hands don't know how not to knit," she said with a chuckle.
Love that bling — If you're getting ready to clean out your jewelry box, the staff and board members of the YWCA would love for you to donate what you're tired of. The YWCA Jewelry Jubilee will be Nov. 17 at the Hotel at Old Town, 830 E. First St.
They're happy to get both fashion and fine jewelry for their fundraising event.
If you have a donation, take it to the YWCA administrative offices at 1111 N. St. Francis.
And don't forget to mark 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 on your calendar.