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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, Skein Theory, and her newest venture, Art & Sole.

Janel lives in the semi-wilds of Eugene, 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 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1049 Easy Painted Stitches: Introduction to Stranded Colorwork Colorwork brings a whole new level of beautiful to your knitting. If you can make a knit stitch, you can do stranded colorwork.
We will learn how to hold the yarns in the left hand, the right hand, and both hands, so you can find the optimal method for creating these beautiful knits. We'll also discuss tricks for keeping your tension even, how to go around pesky corners, dpns vs. circulars, and how to choose yarns and colors for colorwork.
Optional materials fee: $8 for 4 small balls of contrasting shetland-type wool.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     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.
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Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.



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