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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 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5115 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5114 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7069 Easy Drop Spinning for Lace-Weight Yarn Learn the basics of drop spinning with a focus on creating yarn for lace knitting. Students with basic spindle skills can hone them, learning techniques for creating a smooth, thin yarn. Students new to spinning can learn basic spindle-spinning techniques and practice them. We will talk about spinning singles as well as plying, with demonstrations of Andean plying, setting twist in your singles yarn, using a niddy-noddy to make skeins and blocking your yarn. We will also discuss fiber preparation and choosing appropriate fibers and spindles for spindle-spinning lace weight yarn.

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.

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