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Sarah Peasley
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Most of us knit or crochet to relax. What do you do?
I try to find some quiet knitting time every day, but when the knitting becomes too much like work I turn to quilting as an alternative creative outlet.  Bonus:  I tend to be a perfectionist in my knitting, but I allow myself to be a relatively sloppy quilter.  It's very freeing. 

What's the most unlikely place you've ever knitted or crocheted?
In the back seat while my son took his driving test.  I was too nervous to knit, but it helped just to hang onto my yarn and needles.

Which knitting and crochet luminaries (living or dead) would you invite to a dream dinner party?
Whichever one(s) are willing to cook for me.  :)

Tell us about your most unusual teaching experience.
That would have to be when I was using my hands to illustrate two pieces of knitted fabric coming together at the shoulder seam and was accused by one of my students of making a gang sign.  Or maybe it was when I was written up for texting during class when I was actually checking to see if it was time for a coffee break.  Or maybe it was the time I was chastised for using the word "crappy." Or maybe it was when the lights kept going out because the teacher next door was trying to do a power point presentation and our switches were on the same circuit.  Or maybe . . . I'm sorry . . . what was the question?

What's your favorite tool in your knitting bag? Why?
That's easy, a coilless safety pins.  So many uses!  Counting rows, holding stitches, keeping track of increases and decreases, holding onto the cast-on tail so I don't accidentally knit with it . . . 

What's the latest knitting or crochet technique you learned that rocked your world?
Gwen Bortner showed me how to pick up and knit/purl without leaving a ridge, so that the fabric is reversible.  VERY exciting.

When you look at another designer's work, what makes you say "wow"?
Crazy attention to detail, usually with teeny tiny stitches. Also, that whole "thinking outside the box" thing I can't do that (yet).

Have you ever seen one of your designs on someone "in the wild"? What's that feeling like?
I don't have that much out there yet, design-wise.  I get a lot of lovely messages from knitters I've helped, though. That's extremely satisfying, and it's why I keep teaching.

As a famous knitting (or crochet) teacher, you must travel a lot.  Do you have any secret airport vices you'd like to share?
Not a vice so much as a hint.  Get the fancy credit card. You'll rack up miles for free flights, everybody's first bag flies free, and you get to board early so you feel like a rock star.

One last thing, what are you most looking forward to about STITCHES?
I LOVE the energy of STITCHES.  You can feel it in the classrooms, the market, and even the hotel lobbies.  It starts when you spy that first person with a knitting bag in the airport upon arrival (sometimes on your layover, even!), and lasts long after you're home and realize the restaurants are no longer filled with knitters. 




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