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Janel Laidman
Janel Laidman learned to knit while an exchange student in Denmark, where she observed that all the Danish girls seemed to be able to knit socks and learn physics at the same time.  Wanting to be just as cool, she bought a sweater's worth of Icelandic yarn—and a lifelong odyssey was launched!
Janel is known for her artistic colorwork and lace designs.  Remembering those Danish days, she returned to the intriguing subject of socks and in 2005 wrote her first book, The Eclectic Sole.  Since then she's gone on to author The Enchanted Sole, The Sock Report, and Skein Theory.

Janel lives in the semi-wilds of Sherwood, Oregon, where she spends her time playing with wool string, spinning her own yarn, and inventing new and exciting ways to incorporate chocolate into her diet.

STITCHES West 2012 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
727-6 Intermediate Spinning for Socks Socks are hard-wearing garments that benefit from durable yarns. Explore the best fibers, blends, and yarn structures for these wonderful foot coverings while learning how to get handsome color effects from that hand-painted roving in your stash. Explore superwash, blends, carry-along thread, twist, plies, and (of course) color! For anyone who can spin a continuous thread using a drop spindle or wheel (students should be familiar with their wheel). Materials fee: $12 for a variety of fiber blends.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
661-3 Advanced Paint Your Toes: Stranded Colorwork for Socks Knitting stranded colorwork for socks (Fair Isle technique) can be tricky, because it is a less elastic fabric than a regular knit. In this class, we will discuss strategies for compensating for this lack of elasticity and how to keep your tension even. We will look at shaping considerations, color choices, color effects, carrying both yarns in the same hand, carrying the yarns with both hands, knitting inside out and others. Each participant will make a miniature sock in class.
Note: Should be familiar with sock construction.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
502-3 Advanced Heel Construction for Toe Up Socks It’s always nice to have socks that fit really well, and heel construction is a big part of fit. We will explore 3 different heel constructions for toe up socks that each have different properties. If you love knitting your socks toe-up, add these heels to your bag of tricks!
Note: Should be familiar with sock construction.

STITCHES West 2012 ETC Classes
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Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Be the Boss of Your Yarn Be the boss of your yarn! Learn how to control grist, twist, and plying. Learn to make a fine yarn, a thick yarn, a hard wearing yarn, or a lofty yarn by controlling your wheel and your hands. Learn how ply structure and fiber choices affect your yarn. We'll also briefly discuss fiber prep and how it affects your yarn, and we'll play around with a few designer yarn techniques.
Materials fee: $15

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