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Karen Allen: Actress to Clothing Designer

“I want to make sweaters people will keep for 20 years,” says Karen. “In this` disposable era, it’s nice to make something that will last. That’s why I love cashmere. Each time you wash it, it gets more wonderful.”

Karen still acts, but she prefers short-term projects that don’t keep her away too long from 16-year-old son Nicholas or her knitting. She teaches acting at Simon’s Rock College of Bard in town and knitting design at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in nearby Lenox. And, when she’s not at her studio, Karen works at her shop, greeting often incredulous browsers.

“It’s good for me to be here, to see people trying things on, how things fit, what body types things look good on. It’s a kind of warm feeling. I get to tell people how I make stuff; behind every design, in a way, there’s a story. There are other things in life than acting. Whether I was an actor or not, it would still be a good thing to be here.”

Karen Allen — Fiber Arts, 35 Railroad St., Great Barrington, MA. 413-528-8555.

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Updated Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

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