Catawba County Employee Spotlight

Shelley Orr

Shelley Orr

Department:  Library
Knitting

Tell us about knitting.  What do you enjoy about it?
In the past, knitting was solely utilitarian.  It was how people made sweaters, mittens, socks, and scarves.  The craft has had a huge resurgence in the past decade and it’s no longer associated with grandmothers and great aunts.  I love yarn and when I go to new places, I’ll buy yarn as a souvenir.  I also like to dye yarn and have been able to teach classes at the library on natural dying using avocados (which turn the yarn pink) and using Kool Aid as an acid dye.

How and when did you get started? 
I’ve been knitting for about 20 years and was taught by a co-worker that I saw making a scarf.  She showed me how to get started and helped me make my first scarf, which I still keep as a reminder of how hard it was to get it done. 

What is your favorite item to make?    
I love to make shawls to challenge myself (and to see how frustrated I can get with a piece).  I’m currently working on one that I’ve had to start over twice.