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Gayle Roehm
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Most of us knit or crochet to relax. What do you do?
Well, I knit or crochet – what a surprise. I also get much pleasure from reading and yoga. But mostly knit.

What’s the most unlikely place you’ve ever knitted or crocheted? Probably on an antique sailboat in the Puget Sound, where I managed to lose a DPN overboard – it rolled out through a scupper (I think that’s what you call it).

Which knitting and crochet luminaries (living or dead) would you invite to a dream dinner party?
What a lovely thought! Meg and Elizabeth, Mary Walker Phillips and Barbara Walker, Bishop Richard Rutt, and a couple of Japanese designers, such as Hitomi Shida and Yoko Hatta. Tell us about your most unusual teaching experience. I’ve been very lucky and I haven’t had any major disasters. I did enjoy teaching at a wool festival, with the raw material baaing outside the window.

What’s your favorite tool in your knitting bag? Why? Highlighter tape, in all colors. I knit from charts all the time and I’d be lost without it.

What’s the latest knitting or crochet technique you learned that rocked your world?
Hmm, nothing revolutionary lately, but I’ve been playing with “star crochet.” It has limited application because of the fabric it makes, but it’s fun to do.

When you look at another designer’s work, what makes you say “wow”? I like unusual construction techniques – something other than the standard four-piece sweater. And beautiful, complex stitch combinations.

Have you ever seen one of your designs on someone “in the wild”? What’s that feeling like?
I’ve never seen a stranger wearing one of my designs, but once I walked into a fiber art boutique and saw one of them for sale, made and offered by someone I didn’t know. Even the colors were the same as the photograph in the book. As a famous knitting (or crochet) teacher, you must travel a lot.

Do you have any secret airport vices you’d like to share? Are you talking about the glass of wine I often have before boarding, if there’s time? Is that a vice?

One last thing - what are you most looking forward to about STITCHES?

Several days with nothing to do but talk about knitting, and think about knitting, and look at lovely knitted things, with other like minded people.

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