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Brigitte Elliott
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Most of us knit or crochet to relax. What do you do? Knitting tends to put me in “the zone” unless it’s a complicated pattern. However, kicking my feet up and having my two “grand pugs” nestled on either side of me gives me a sense of peace. If I was a drinking woman, I might get too relaxed, trip and impale myself on my knitting needles. Would that be considered body piercing?

What’s the most unlikely place you’ve ever knitted or crocheted? It was in the basement of Mrs. Nevel’s house (the Brownie leader) where we were learning how to crochet a pot holder. A few weeks after that, she shot her husband, went to jail, and that was the end of my dreams to become a Girl Scout. Funny, who knew that’s why I prefer knitting.

Which knitting and crochet luminaries (living or dead) would you invite to a dream dinner party? If some are dead, I guess they wouldn’t be great conversationalists; therefore, those that are living would be . . . . Oh heck, I’d have to rent a dining hall. I have come across so many fine artists/teachers in the last few years that each one of them brings something special to the table (pardon the pun).
Tell us about your most unusual teaching experience. Picture this, better not. It was a typical Monday night gathering at Borders with my knitting peeps. As I was explaining the “ins and outs” of Swing Knitting, I noticed a man wearing shorts at a table across from me. He apparently wanted to show me his “hank” (lace weight yarn) even though he wasn’t a part of our group. I got up from my chair and proceeded to go to the manager. He bolted. Moral of the story--if in a public place, be discriminating to whom you show your hank.

What’s your favorite tool in your knitting bag? Why? The tool I like and use the most is a crochet hook to pick up dropped stitches, create a provisional cast on, and get to an itch on my back which my fingers can not reach.
What’s the latest knitting or crochet technique you learned that rocked your world?
That would have to be Swing Knitting. It catapulted me from a knitter to a teacher and a designer.
When you look at another designer’s work, what makes you say “wow”? If it looks totally complicated and uses exquisite yarn/s, it blows me away. The last time I was enthralled with both was when I met Sandra McIver with all of her sweaters. Funny, I was tooting her horn to Cat Bordhi as my eyes were having orgasms just looking at the sweaters. I turned “50 Shades of Red” when the woman beside me turned out to be Sandra!

Have you ever seen one of your designs on someone “in the wild”? What’s that feeling like? That has not yet happened. However, I love it when my family and friends wear some of the things I made for them.

As a famous knitting (or crochet) teacher, you must travel a lot. Do you have any secret airport vices you’d like to share? I really dislike taking off my shoes and tromping (in special socks which should be burned afterwards) over the same path others have walked in bare feet. Ugh! By the way, I am not OCD! As the saying goes, OCD should be changed to CDO--in alphabetical order--the way it should be.
One last thing - what are you most looking forward to about STITCHES? The excitement of seeing and fondling the yarns, watching others get excited, and learning new things is simply the best stimulation and encouragement to create and share fiber art and couture with others. Last but not least, I love picking other people’s brains where the pickin’ is good. When you see me, I’ll be a pickin’ and a grinnin’.

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