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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 2014 ETC Classes
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Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Advanced Designing Your Own Lace: Traditions and Innovations Those who love lace knitting often enjoy the challenge of creating their own, unique garments. We will look at various lace traditions and stitch patterns and discuss new ideas in lace knitting. Students will begin designing their own shawl or stole using an assortment of lace stitch patterns with an eye for flow and harmony of the stitches. We will discuss how to modify stitch patterns to make them work with your design, construction considerations for triangular shawls and other shapes, and effects of gauge and yarn choice on your final piece.