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Edie Eckman
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Most of us knit or crochet to relax. What do you do?
Read. Hang out at my cabin at the lake and kayak, walk in the woods, and sleep. Not necessarily in that order. 

What's the most unlikely place you'­ve ever knitted or crocheted?
I knit throughout one of my labors, but my gauge ended up being WAY off.

Which knitting and crochet luminaries (living or dead) would you invite to a dream dinner party?
Well, EZ is the obvious choice, along with my grandmother, who taught me how to knit, crochet, embroider AND sew. I'd also include Mary Thomas, Debbie New, and Cat Bordhi. Oh, and my sister would kill me if I didn't invite her, too.

Tell us about your most unusual teaching experience.
I don't know how unusual it was, but I taught on the beach in Mexico. We were sitting in a tiki hut at an all-inclusive resort, and the waiter kept coming by and offering us free drinks. Somewhere there's a picture of me teaching Math for Knitters; I'm barefoot in the sand, with a mojito in one hand and a marker in the other. 

What's your favorite tool in your knitting bag? Why?
My spool of dental floss; in a pinch I can use it to make stitch holders, stitch markers, row counters, etc. And I have excellent dental health.

What's the latest knitting or crochet technique you learned that rocked your world?
I saw a student do a stitch pattern "wrong" in class a few weeks ago, and I took notes, because it seemed like such a good technique. I don't know if it has a name, but I'm going to see if I can incorporate it in my work in the future.

When you look at another designer'­s work, what makes you say "wow"?
I love it when designers think up unusual constructions that are super-simple to execute. I tend to think so linearly (front, back, two sleeves) that I'm amazed by those who think outside the box. That's why Debbie New and Cat Bordhi are on my dinner invite list above.

Have you ever seen one of your designs on someone "in the wild"? What'­s that feeling like? 
I have seen my designs on others, but I often don't recognize them. It's often a long time between the time I design something and the time it gets out into "the wild", and by that time I've moved onto something else. However, I do LOVE to know that people are making my design, especially when they feel free to change colors and other details to make it their own.

As a famous knitting (or crochet) teacher, you must travel a lot.  Do you have any secret airport vices you'd like to share?
Two words: Bischoff cookies.

One last thing, what are you most looking forward to about STITCHES?
Besides the amazing market and the incredibly talented students and teachers? 
I'll be teaching some new classes, including crochet classes. I'm super-excited that several of them relate to my next book, Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, which comes out in October. I hope to have some samples from the book to share with my classes.

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