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Margaret Fisher
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Most of us knit or crochet to relax. What do you do?
I participate in the sport of racewalking, and compete in road races and on the track. Also, I like to cook and I have a vegetable and herb garden in the summer.

What’s the most unlikely place you’ve ever knitted or crocheted?
I think I should start knitting at track meets, so I have a good answer to this question.  

Which knitting and crochet luminaries (living or dead) would you invite to a dream dinner party? Norah Gaughn, Deborah Newton, Shirley Paden, Nicky Epstein, Kaffe Fassett, Sylvia Cosh, James Walters, Eisaku Noro, and Ottavio & Rosita Missoni. I’d love to hear them discuss design, color, and creativity.

Tell us about your most unusual teaching experience.
In a convention center classroom with a very high ceiling, a small part of the ceiling collapsed and fell to the floor during class. One of my students spotted it shortly beforehand, so we were able to move things out of the way. It was quite shocking, but also amusing. After the initial disruption, we moved to another room, settled down, and resumed the class. Knitters are resilient and nothing, not even falling ceilings, can stop us.

What’s your favorite tool in your knitting bag? Why?
I have several favorites, so I’ll mention two. Coilless, plastic safety pins are perfect for pinning edges before seaming. The edges can be pinned without overlapping them, and the pins won’t fall out like straight pins usually do. I also use them to mark certain stitches in my work and to count rows. I love my 4” Gingher embroidery scissors. I’ve been snipping yarn tails with them for many years, and they are super-sharp and very comfortable.

What’s the latest knitting or crochet technique you learned that rocked your world?
Using Judy Becker’s Magic Cast On for the Tubular Cast On.

When you look at another designer’s work, what makes you say “wow”?
Stylish clothing that is wearable, fits well, and has interesting design details.

As a famous knitting (or crochet) teacher, you must travel a lot.
Do you have any secret airport vices you’d like to share? When I have extra time at big airports with nice stores, I like to do a little shopping. I may not actually buy anything, but I like to look around. (I didn’t think this was a vice, but my husband assures me it is.)

One last thing - what are you most looking forward to about STITCHES?
Spending time with my students and seeing all my knitting friends. I also look forward to seeing the latest handknit creations that everyone will be wearing.

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