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Candace Eisner Strick
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Most of us knit or crochet to relax. What do you do?
Ride a bike; either single, stationary when the weather is bad, or tandem with my husband. I spin also for relaxation, but can never cap it off at 1 or 2 hours. It's totally addictive, so I have to limit it to when I have nothing to do (which is virtually never).

What's the most unlikely place youíve ever knitted or crocheted?
When I played cello in a pit orchestra for musicals I used to knit in between numbers. We were down below the stage (hence, the pit), and the audience could not see us. Sometimes it was a rather long time, so in a run of 10 performances I could actually get a lot accomplished. 

Which knitting and crochet luminaries (living or dead) would you invite to a dream dinner party?
Hanne Falkenberg, Norah Gaughan..both are extraordinarily talented people who design beauty, intriguing shapes, and functionality into gorgeous garments. 

Tell us about your most unusual teaching experience.
I guess it would be the one where I had to show a student the door and say to her, "Perhaps you'd be happier in another class?" But in all the years and thousands of students, that happened only one single time. 

What's your favorite tool in your knitting bag? Why?
My favorite little round stitch markers with a bead right on the ring. I like pretty things, but the dangling beaded stitch markers just seem to get in my way, in spite of my great attraction to them for their beauty. Like a man, even if he's beautiful but gets in your way, it's no good!

What's the latest knitting or crochet technique you learned that rocked your world?
I recently discovered shadow knitting and taught a class on it. One of the students was having a hard time visualizing how to make the WS rows so decided to do it by knitting backwards (always having the RS of the work facing you). What a perfect solution and fits nicely into one of my most popular classes, Knitting Backwards. So now we can do Knitting Shadows Backwards. 

When you look at another designer's work, what makes you say "wow"?
Architechure. Any designer can take a basic form and plug in a stitch pattern. It takes a very creative person to engineer something interesting and functional. It has to be wearable! Hence, my favorite designer, Hanne Falkenberg. 

Have you ever seen one of your designs on someone "in the wild"? What"s that feeling like?
Yes. I love it when I see one of my designs, but I am still incredulous that I am at that place in my career that people actually do knit my designs and wear 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?
An airport vice? That would imply I do things in airports that I wouldn't normally do in polite society? I guess it would be that I get great cravings for junk food, and sometimes eat potato chips. 

One last thing, what are you most looking forward to about STITCHES?
I adore the students, seeing what everyone has created, and being in an environment where I am not the only insane person walking around. Not to mention that its really fun to be a rock star for a little while. But that makes it hard to come home and have to go back to doing all the mundane things that real rock stars probably never do, like cleaning the toilet. And do I need to mention the market? 

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