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CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

With Janel Laidman

Janel is available to teach workshops for yarn shops, guilds, fiber festivals and other events.  Janel has been teaching fiber arts for over 15 years and has taught throughout the USA as well as internationally.

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 color work.  In this class you 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 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.

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STEEKING WITH CONFIDENCE

Steeking  is a way to open up knitting in the round by… gasp!... cutting it with scissors!  Are you a little worried about cutting into all that lovely colorwork you’ve done? Janel will show you how to steek 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!

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FINISHING TECHNIQUES FOR STEEKING AND STRANDED COLORWORK

Finishing details can make or break a garment.  This class focuses on how to make your steeked edges look smooth and professional, how to design in features that will be easy to finish, and how to make sure everything is stable and strong.  Students learn 3 different techniques to bring color and creativity to their knitwear

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