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Beth Brown-Reinsel
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Most of us knit or crochet to relax. What do you do?
I love to knit while listening to books on tape.  I can't seem to get away from multi-tasking!

What's the most unlikely place you've ever knitted or crocheted?
Many years ago, I taught for a guild in the Yukon and was treated to a dog sled ride by a friend.  I sat and knitted while the dogs were being hooked up to the sled.  They were so excited they could hardly contain themselves.  Me too!

Which knitting and crochet luminaries (living or dead) would you invite to a dream dinner party?
I would invite Mary Thomas, Elizabeth Zimmermann, Deborah Newton, and Nancy Bush to my party.  Then I would try to absorb everything they all know!

Tell us about your most unusual teaching experience.
I taught on a cruise ship several years ago that went through the Panama Canal.  It was a marvelous experience. What an amazing feat of engineering the Canal is!  It was also a challenge to teach because everyone wanted to be watching the progress of the ship.  We finally just gave up having class and watched all day.

What's your favorite tool in your knitting bag? Why?
I love my needle sizer from Lacis because it has holes for several zero sizes as well as above zero.  I pull it out all the time to check my needles because they are, um, not very organized!

What's the latest knitting or crochet technique you learned that rocked your world?
I just learned to make crochet beaded jewelry, and it is so easy and fun!

When you look at another designer's work, what makes you say "wow"?
Attention to detail and really fine work (high gauge).

Have you ever seen one of your designs on someone "in the wild"? What's that feeling like?  
Yes, I have been thrilled to see my designs "on the hoof" so to speak.  When I attend various sheep and wool festivals, I tend to see more of my work.  It is SO gratifying to know there are people who like my designs enough to knit them 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?
Hmm - there's a wine bar in the Dallas airport I like to visit when I have a layover there.  And I love to sit and watch the fountain in the Detroit airport, too.  It makes me laugh!

One last thing, what are you most looking forward to about STITCHES?
I look forward most of all to the students.  It is such a privilege to teach knitters something I love to do!  I enjoy the enthusiasm and eagerness I experience from my students.


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