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Linda Kagan

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When did you first start knitting/why?

At about age 8 or so; my mother was knitting a blanket made of squares and I asked to help.

Who taught you to knit?

My mother.

Do you knit English/American style, German/Continental style, backwards? Left-handed? Eastern cross method? Peruvian-style? Please describe.

I knit English/American – I still throw my entire right hand but I maintain even tension with the working yarn. No matter how much I try to change my knitting style to something more “efficient,” I always come back to throwing my right hand.

Do you have a knitting philosophy, and what is it? What helped you form your philosophy?

I can live with small mistakes, but if I have to rip out an entire row or more, I usually start over.

Have you ever taught someone to knit?

Yes. This in itself instills patience in the teacher.

What is your very favorite knitting book and why?

Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd. Clear instructions and photos, many patterns. I use it all the time.

Do you knit for a living/have your own business? Tell us about it.

No I don’t knit for a living. I am a sole practitioner lawyer; I knit on the el down to my office hence my Ravelry name; brown line knitter. I do have a cute logo which you can see at, but I haven’t done anything with the website.

What projects are you working on now?

A baby hat called the Cora cloche by Kate McDaniel which I purchased through

What is your very favorite yarn?

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock

What is the best thing you ever knit?

Socks with a cable pattern up the rear calf.

What is the worst thing you ever knit?

A triangular shaped scarf made out of yellow tape yarn from Italy. I gave it to one of my son’s friends and she really liked it.

Why do you like to knit?

I like the rhythm of knitting and the challenges of figuring out patterns and new techniques.

When do you knit?

To be relaxed and challenged at the same time.

What is your favorite part of the knitting process?

Binding off.

How long have you been knitting?

Off and on since about age 8; more intensely as an adult the over past twenty years or so.

What do you like about our guild?

Great programs; have made some friends too.

Do you engage in other Fiber Arts?

I used to do macramé.I like to embellish plain berets with yarn, thread, buttons, etc.

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