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Laura Bryant
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Most of us knit or crochet to relax. What do you do? 
I knit or crochet and read, all at the same time, and often out on our boat. If the knitting is too complicated to do by touch, I listen to audio books while I work. I love to walk/hike/sail/get physically active, too. Great for burning off tension.

What's the most unlikely place you've ever knitted or crocheted?
I suppose that would be on a 50 foot sailboat in a 3-day race across the Gulf of Mexico. On long distance races with steady wind and fair weather, there isn't much to do for long periods of time. 

Which knitting and crochet luminaries (living or dead) would you invite to a dream dinner party? 
Lily Chin, for her sense of humor; Barry Klein, since I always enjoy his company; Barbara Walker, for her long take on history, both feminist and knitting; and Brandon Mabley because he dances! 

Tell us about your most unusual teaching experience. One STITCHES class, a lovely lady and her guide dog attended. The class was color! She approached me before class, explaining that while some might think it odd, she was very able to listen and imagine, and she did have some very limited sight. We had a grand time. 

What's your favorite tool in your knitting bag? Why? 
My set of Addi Clicks. I have long been a fan of Addi needles and getting a set of interchangeable tips & cables has made life so much easier. I often have multiple projects on needles and many more finishing projects going, and deadlines often dictate what gets completed first. This way all the needles I need are right there. 

What's the latest knitting or crochet technique you learned that rocked your world? 
How to tie a fisherman's knot, which allows you to clip the ends off right next to the knot-perfect for scarves and lace knitting where there is no place to bury an end. And, just recently, Tunisian crochet, which I anticipate is going to make life very interesting.

When you look at another designer's work, what makes you say"wow"? 
Unusual details, whether it be a color combination, construction, or stitches. My axiom is "you don't get WOW by doing the expected ". So, that's what catches my attention, things out of the ordinary. 

Have you ever seen one of your designs on someone "in the wild"? What's that feeling like? 
The greatest. It happens often at STITCHES, but every once in a while in an airport or at a museum event. The last time it did, at a major opening for our local fine arts museum, I approached the wearer. Turns out someone had knitted it for her, and it made for a great conversation. 

As a famous knitting (or crochet) teacher, you must travel a lot.  Do you have any secret airport vices you'd like to share? 
A chocolate chip cookie & latte from Starbucks the only time I succumb, at least to the cookie part. 

One last thing, what are you most looking forward to about STITCHES? 
The energy, enthusiasm, and excellent programs, markets and sharing. Love it!

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