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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 Midwest 2013 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
914-3 Easy Steeking — 3 ways Are you a little worried about cutting into all that lovely colorwork you've done? Janel will show you how to cut with confidence! We will discuss different ways of stabilizing the knitting before cutting, and then we'll fortify ourselves with chocolate and take the plunge. Once you've steeked, you'll want to make all your cardigans this way!
Note: Students should be familiar with stranded colorwork and knitting in the round.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
769-3 Easy Spinning for Lace Lace is even more lovely when it's knit from your own delicate handspun. Learn how to spin your yarn finer and more consistently. We'll talk about and try different fibers suitable for lace, and we'll learn the long draw.
Materials fee: $18 for a variety of fiber blends suitable for lace knitting.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
915-3 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 Midwest 2013 ETC Classes
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Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Color Tricks in Spinning Learn to control the color changes in your spinning to get just the effect you want—stripes, no stripes, short stripes, long stripes! We'’ll make a gradient yarn, a fractal stripe, and lots more tricks. We'’ll also learn how to card fibers to produce particular color effects. Learn to tone down a fiber that’'s too bright, which colors to blend to get that perfect green, or how to make your colors pop.
Note: Students should be familiar with their wheel and be able to spin a continuous thread. Can be done on a spindle but students may not spin enough to see the effects.
Materials fee: $18 for fibers

This event is also available as part of a combo package which includes this class, 15 hours of classes, Opening Day and Luncheon, Fashion Show and Dinner, and the Student Banquet.

Color Tricks in Spinning Combo Information

Color & Creativity Finishing Finesse Garment Shaping & Designing Projects & More Projects Techniques & Tips for Knitters Stitch Patters & Textures Extras Crochet