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‘Sweater Curse’ makes North Texas premiere

Knitting is mentioned in about half of Shakespeare’s plays, so as far as Elaine Liner is concerned, the handcraft and the theater go together just fine.

Liner, the creator of the one-woman show Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love, invites knitters to bring their needles and yarn to the North Texas premiere of the play, which was road-tested at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland over the summer.

Our Productions Theatre Company opens the play today at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre.

Liner’s play is about those who knit and those worth knitting for. The show challenges an old wives’ tale that advises against knitting for someone you love, lest the love end before the knitter finishes the sweater.

“I want knitters and crocheters to bring their yarn and needles or hooks and keep right on knitting while I’m talking,” Liner said. “How many other plays let you do that?”

The play starts with the old wives’ tale and makes its way to mentions of the handcraft in great literature and old movies. Liner even takes on ugly holiday sweaters (Bridget Jones’s Diary uses an “ugly reindeer jumper” as a plot device.)

Audiences can add stitches to the traveling scarf that goes with Liner to each city where she performs. So far the scarf features the Texas flag, the Batman logo and a big red heart. Liner also offers a free pattern for the striped shawl she wears in the play.

Performances are at 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The theater is located at 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. Tickets cost $15. For tickets, visit .

— Lucinda Breeding