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Nicky Epstein
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Most of us knit or crochet to relax. What do you do?
Believe it or not…writing knitting books relaxes me!

What’s the most unlikely place you’ve ever knitted or crocheted?
At a bullfight in Arles, Provence, France…where they do not kill the bull—No bull!

Which knitting and crochet luminaries (living or dead) would you invite to a dream dinner party?
John Paul Gaultier and Madame DeFarge from “A Tale Of Two Cities”(A rotten person but a terrific knitter!)

Tell us about your most unusual teaching experience.
An all-male knitting club in Washington DC. And I’ve taught around the world from Alaska to London to Australia to name a few and they were all wonderful experiences. Oh! I forgot the time I was teaching the ROCKETTES during performances! That was really fun, too!

What’s your favorite tool in your knitting bag? Why? My knitting needles---Without them I’d be writing cookbooks!

What’s the latest knitting or crochet technique you learned that rocked your world?
The incredible variety of garments you can knit using individual circles, as I’ve documented in my latest book “Knitting In Circles”

When you look at another designer’s work, what makes you say “wow”?
When they design “outside the box”!

Have you ever seen one of your designs on someone “in the wild”? What’s that feeling like?
I’ve been lucky enough to see them on people around the world, and each time I get a feeling on intense satisfaction and fulfillment—And I’m not shy about going up to them and introducing myself and thanking them with all my heart.

As a famous knitting (or crochet) teacher, you must travel a lot. Do you have any secret airport vices you’d like to share?

Before you leave put all your clothes and your money on the bed---Take half the clothes and twice the money!

One last thing, what are you most looking forward to about STITCHES?
That’s easy---Meeting and interacting with knitters and lots of hugs!

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