Senior Savannah “Savy” Ellerbe began her knitting career early in elementary school. She was taught how to knit by her best friend’s mother while at a sleepover. Ellerbe knitted off and on, but it didn’t become important to her until high school rolled around.
Ellerbe became a lean, mean, knitting machine during the Christmas season. She decided to craft her own gifts instead of buying them.
“I know how to knit. I should try some of this stuff,” Ellerbe said about her decision to make her own Christmas gifts that year.
Since then, Ellerbe has knitted scarves, hats, dresses, jackets and more. She is so advanced she can take a picture and begin knitting what she sees.
“If you can describe it or draw it, I can pretty much make it,” Ellerbe said.
Ellerbe admitted that new patterns take patience.
A knitted white sundress with a lace back is the project of which Ellerbe is most proud. She is currently working on a project inspired by Dr. Seuss’“The Lorax” for her sister. She is making a “thneed,” which is a jumpsuit that doubles as many other useful things in the book.
“Every project is new and exciting,” Ellerbe said.
Ellerbe not only knits items for family but also makes a business out of knitting. While living in Florida, Ellerbe worked with a boutique that sold her textiles. She also has a Facebook page called “Savy Knits.” There are a few pictures on her Facebook page of creative projects Ellerbe has completed in the past, but she mostly acquires her business out of personal interactions with others.
Ellerbe enjoys knitting during classes to keep her hands busy. She said it helps her concentrate. Ellerbe has also experimented with better quality yarns lately.
“Knitting is my artistic outlet,” Ellerbe said.