Larkspur Library Display Case - February 2017


               Colorful Knitting by Lois Errante

         Lois Errante is a Larkspur resident who has been knitting for 65 years. She learned to knit and purl when she was 5 from her Norwegian grandmother. Lois loves to work with color, inspired by the knitwork of Kaffe Fassett. She learns from books and other knitters. There is a great group called Marin Knitters Guild that meets once a month on Saturday mornings in Corte Madera. They have beginners and experts who all share their knowledge. There are many ways to accumulate a yarn stash--from stores, online, garage sales, thrift stores and retired knitters. There are yarn swaps at monthly meetings, and they often go to conventions such as Stitches West, where Lois stocks up on her favorites--wool, alpaca, cotton in reds and other bright and compatible colors. She never knows what the yarn will want to become when she buys it--some languishes in her cedar closet for years, and some goes right on the needle. She sometimes tries to impose her will upon it, but that often ends up as "rip-rip!" Sometimes she uses patterns and adapts them, and sometimes she just starts knitting and sees what evolves. It is the process rather than the finished product that keeps her knitting. There is always something to learn, and it is never boring until maybe the second sleeve or sock! She has learned patience and perseverance through her knitting experiences, and encourages everyone to give it a try. If you get hooked on knitting you will meet many friends, and will always have gifts to share and give away.


The Larkspur Library Display Case is located inside the front entrance of the library. The work of local artists is displayed for one month at a time. For more information contact the library at (415) 927-5005.