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NO SKILLS REQUIRED No previous experience in the craft is required.
EASY You should know the basics of the craft and have made at least one project.
INTERMEDIATE You should be comfortable with the craft and ready to learn something new.
ADVANCED You should have made several projects and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking crafters.
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 yarnâ€”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 East 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
7084 No skills required Learn to Spin
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own yarn? Spinning is one of the most ancient crafts of mankind.
In this class we'll learn the principles of spinning using a drop spindle and wool. Students will learn about twist and draft, as well as plying and grist. Once you have made yarn, you'll have a deeper appreciation of the properties of commercially available yarns, and will be able to better match yarns to projects. And you'll have a fun new skill!
Materials fee: $35 for spindle and fiber.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm CANCELED
3121 Advanced Designing Socks with Cables Stitches
Cables are beautiful knitted architecture that can enhance your socks and provide interesting knitting, but they are also hungry beasts that eat up yarn and decrease circumference and elasticity. We will explore cable constructions and analyze the 'draw-in' power of popular cables. We'll also discuss strategies for sizing socks with cables and adding extra stretch. You may even try your hand at designing your own cable pattern! Bring your sense of adventure!
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
5115 Advanced Heel Construction for Toe-up Socks
Itâ€™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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am CANCELED
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.