Teaching & Travel Schedule

If you’d like me to teach in your area let me know – perhaps we could work out a tour of several shops and guilds near you! Fees and available classes are subject to change without notice, please email me for current information. See the bottom of this page for sample subjects and estimated costs.

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Class: Adventures in Knitting
Description: Come join us for our very own knitter's workshop! Students can choose from four projects. You bring the yarn and needles and the teacher, Lara Neel, will bring the patterns and make sure that you have a great time making a project you will treasure or love to give as a gift! This class is perfect for knitters of all levels, even if you've taken a break from knitting for several years or are trying it for the first time. If you're confused by the material list or have questions about the projects, come to the first class and Lara will get you started. You can then purchase supplies before the second class.
Projects to choose from:
1. Hat (great for beginners) – about 220 yards of worsted-weight yarn and two set of size 7 needles: a 16-inch circular and double-pointed needles.
2. Slippers – about 380 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 9 needles, any type of needle is fine.
3. Baby Sweater – about 220 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 10 needle, any type of needle is fine.
4. Mittens – about 120 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 6 double-pointed needles.
Date: Wednesdays, 06/21/2017 to 07/19/2017 (5 Sessions) Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Lenox Community Center Rm 103 Enrollment Min/Max: 4/12

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Class: Adventures in Knitting

Description: Come join us for our very own knitter's workshop! Students can choose from four projects. You bring the yarn and needles and the teacher, Lara Neel, will bring the patterns and make sure that you have a great time making a project you will treasure or love to give as a gift! This class is perfect for knitters of all levels, even if you've taken a break from knitting for several years or are trying it for the first time. If you're confused by the material list or have questions about the projects, come to the first class and Lara will get you started. You can then purchase supplies before the second class.
Projects to choose from:
1. Hat (great for beginners) – about 220 yards of worsted-weight yarn and two set of size 7 needles: a 16-inch circular and double-pointed needles.
2. Slippers – about 380 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 9 needles, any type of needle is fine.
3. Baby Sweater – about 220 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 10 needle, any type of needle is fine.
4. Mittens – about 120 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 6 double-pointed needles.
Date: Wednesdays, 08/02/17 to 08/30/17 (5 Sessions) Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Lenox Community Center Rm 103 Enrollment Min/Max: 4/12

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9/27 to 10/18 (4 sessions)
Sensible Slippers
Learn how to knit fun slippers! This pattern, originally published in 1950, has been updated by Lara so that you won't have to decipher outdated knitting terms. This pattern is easy enough for a beginner, but still great for a more experienced knitter to take a trip down memory lane.
Materials: Bring about 380 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 9 needles, any type of needle is fine.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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10/25 to 11/15 (4 sessions)
Practical, Beautiful Dishcloths to Knit
Description: Dishcloths are the humble workhorses of the kitchen and around the house. Hand-knit dishcloths are a whole other ballgame! They last a long time, are lovely, and, when you make your own, you can match your décor or use team colors! We will use the Ballband Dishcloth pattern, which requires two colors of yarn. Don’t worry – it’s much easier and more impressive than it looks! Join us to make the perfect housewarming gift.
Materials: Size 7 knitting needles of any style and 100% cotton worsted weight yarn, two colors, each approx. 122 yards.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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11/4/17 - Fall Fiber Festival in Hopkins

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11/22 to 12/13 (4 sessions)
Knit a Scarf or Blanket
Description: A piece of knitting about 10 inches wide can make a dashing scarf. If you knit 3 or 4, you can join them together to make a charming baby blanket! These scarves that could become blankets are portable enough to take along with you, so they make great Spring and Summer knitting projects. Choose between a cabled pattern (and learn how to read a chart) or make your panels simple, for faster knitting!
Materials: Size 8 knitting needles of any style and 925 yards of soft, worsted-weight yarn for a baby blanket in acrylic, wool or a blend of the two. The same needles and about 220 yards of yarn will create one scarf.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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December 9 - Minnesota Women's Art Festival

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1/17/18 to 2/7 (4 sessions)
New Year, New Techniques!
Description: Are you curious about adding a little more color to your knitting? Each week of this class covers a different type of multiple-color knitting.
Materials: Bring at least two colors of your favorite worsted-weight yarn (no cotton, please) and a set of size 7 or 8 double-pointed knitting needles.
Week 1: Fair-Isle Colorwork
Week 2: Double Knitting
Week 3: Intarsia
Week 4: Slipped-Stitch Knitting
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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2/21 to 3/21 (5 sessions)
Beginning Knitting
Learn how to make basic knit stitches and how to read a pattern. You will complete a hat and learn how to make a square that can grow into a scarf, afghan, or whatever you want! Instructor Lara Neel will bring a variety of needles and yarn for you to use on the first night so you can decide what you like best, then purchase by 2nd class. This is a perfect class for anyone who is curious about knitting or who wants to relearn the craft after a break.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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4/4 to 5/2 (5 sessions)
Adventures in Knitting
Description: Join us for our very own knitter's workshop! Students can choose from four projects. You bring the yarn and needles and the teacher, Lara Neel, will bring the patterns and make sure that you have a great time making a project you will treasure or love to give as a gift! This class is perfect for knitters of all levels, even if you've taken a break from knitting for several years or are trying it for the first time. If you're confused by the material list or have questions about the projects, come to the first class and Lara will get you started. You can then purchase supplies before the second class.
Projects to choose from:
1. Hat (great for beginners) – about 220 yards of worsted-weight yarn and two set of size 7 needles: a 16-inch circular and double-pointed needles.
2. Slippers – about 380 yards of worsted-weight yarn and size 9 needles, any type of needle is fine.
3. Baby Sweater – about 220 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 10 needles, any type of needle is fine.
4. Mittens – about 120 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 6 double-pointed needles.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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5/9 to 6/6 (5 sessions)
Sensible Slippers
Learn how to knit fun slippers! This pattern, originally published in 1950, has been updated by Lara so that you won't have to decipher outdated knitting terms. This pattern is easy enough for a beginner, but still great for a more experienced knitter to take a trip down memory lane.

Materials: Bring about 380 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 9 needles, any type of needle is fine.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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For classes outside of the Twin Cities area, travel expenses may be required. Please contact me for an estimate.

Teaching Fees
Fee to teach a Hands-on Technique or Project Class
$50/class hour up to 10 students
$55/class hour 10-14 students
$60/class hour 15-19 students
$65/class hour over 20 students

Lecture Fees

Fee to speak to a guild or give a presentation (no hands-on teaching)
$50/hour up to 30 participants
$60/hour up to 60 participants
$70/hour up to 200 participants
$75/hour over 200 participants

If you have a specific topic that I haven't covered, I would be delighted to design a custom workshop for your students. 

Knitting workshops and lectures
Talk: The History of Socks, Knitting and Much More!
Beyond Basic Sock Skills
The Round (French) Heel: Toe Up, Top Down and After-The-Fact
Lara’s Favorite Heels You May Not Know
Step-Up Socks - if you can divide by 2, you can knit these socks
Retread Socks - these sock soles can be ripped out and reknit with no muss or fuss
Pussyhat Holiday Ornament - the easiest political statement you can use to decorate your home
No-Purl Pussyhats In Any Gauge

Sewing workshops
Tote from Heavy Vinyl
The Go Anywhere, Say Anything Messenger Bag - working with heavy canvas
Bandanas, Fast and Easy
Persistent Marker Message T-shirts (a no-sew project)
Waist Belt and Mobility Ankle Pocket - working with zippers and stretchy fabrics
Bleeding Heart T-Shirt - a lesson in easy reverse applique
Quilted Mug Rug - these tiny introductions to quilting make great gifts
Pussyhat Throw Pillow - working with fleece
Pussyhat Pet Bed - working with fleece and sewing a custom insert for any shape of pillow
Free-Range Pussyhat Symbols - a bit of hand-sewing allows you to take a feminist message anywhere
Jabot-Inspired Scarf - working with lace edgings and light shirting fabric
Simple Zippered Pouch - an introduction to installing zippers and working with vinyl
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