"He retired five or six years ago as a writer and producer and I kept begging him to do a travel or a food book," she said. "He kept saying, 'Everything's been done.' I woke up one day and said, 'Oh, my God, we can do a travel book together."
"He wrote all of the copy and of course, I did the designs. We want to do more together," she added.
Epstein's latest book is called "Knitting Block By Block," (2010 by Potter Craft) and it is a series of designs for knitted squares. Epstein said her idea was to show the blocks could be assembled for more than afghans - such as sweaters, scarves, hats, bags and even little stuffed animals.
She intends for it to be the first in a series of three, an impressive goal because the first book has 150 blocks.
Next month, Epstein will visit Charleston to talk about the book at the St. Albans Library and to teach two workshops at the Kanawha City Yarn Company.
She said she loves the teaching component of her work.
"You meet people who say, 'I have your book, but I'm intimidated,'" she said. Teaching workshops is a way to alleviate that.
Epstein said her design process begins with a rough schematic. She often finds inspiration in a yarn company's color card - samples of yarn in various colors - or a new yarn.
Once she works up a design and writes a pattern, she turns it over to one of her three sample knitters. They work a bit like an editor with a writer, working her design to make sure the instructions are correct and logical.
Epstein has reached a nice point in her career where she gets to pitch the ideas and call her own shots most of the time.
"I'm pretty much of a diva," she said, laughing.
She knits constantly and says she has the "arthritis to show for it."
"My wrists are shot," Epstein said.
Asked if she ever just knits for fun, she said, "Not a chance."
"But I do get to wear what I make," she added.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.