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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 Texas 2017 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7124 Easy Spinning Gradients Spinners, do you love those beautiful gradient yarns with long color repeats? Learn 3 different ways to make a gradient and few other color tricks as well, “fake Noro”, fractal stripe, and a little bit of color theory. We’ll also talk about how to keep your gradients matchy matchy in a knitted garment.
Materials fee: $25 for dyed fibers.
Note: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn
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Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.



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