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Most of us knit or crochet to relax. What do you do?
Garden. Just kidding, knitting too.
What's the most unlikely place you've ever knitted or crocheted?
I can't believe someone actually asked me this, because I try to knit on every mode of public transit I have ever found myself on- bus, train, plain, ferry, and in every National Park I have camped in. I'll say the Metro in Paris.
Which knitting and crochet luminaries (living or dead) would you invite to a dream dinner party?
Barbara Walker, Judith MacKenzie, Norah Gaughan. I could go on, but I'd also like room for them each to take a friend, because I have found knitters attach themselves to some pretty interesting people.
Tell us about your most unusual teaching experience.
It is one of my most fruitful experiences as well, as the knitter has become a TKGA Master Knitter. One day I asked someone I met if he was a knitter. He replied that he enjoyed sewing, making something three-dimensional from two-dimensional fabric. How interesting, he wondered, would it be to start with one dimension, a strand of yarn. I asked him to take a seat and taught him on the spot. Rowan O'Dougherty is super-talented and has had designs published.
What Ăs your favorite tool in your knitting bag? Why?
Basicsâ€”I like long circular needles for fast knitting. I am not a knitting bag/gadget person and usually make due with what is near. I just keep my darning needle attached to the magnetic closure of my laptop and have also taped a measuring tape to the outside case. It's usually all I need.
What Ăs the latest knitting or crochet technique you learned that rocked your world?
The Magic Cast On as taught by Judy Becker and introduced on knitty.com really grabbed my brain and hasn't let go. I have heard many times that she was not the first person to discover it, but I credit her for getting it out in the wide open.
When you look at another designer's work, what makes you say "wow"?
I like any intricate color, cable or lace work that flows from one element to another without simply being "plunked" onto a design. I'm also drawn to pieces with intricate bits between larger quiet areas.
Have you ever seen one of your designs on someone "in the wild"? What's that feeling like?
I have yet to experience that. I have had a few people recognize my voice "in the wild" from having watched my youtube videos. That was weird enough.
As a famous knitting (or crochet) teacher, you must travel a lot. Do you have any secret airport vices you'd like to share?
One last thing, what are you most looking forward to about STITCHES?
Easyâ€”I am there for the hours spent in the classroom. I have also been fortunate enough a few times to help out dressing models backstage at the fashion show. That is a blast.