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: Beginning Knitting
Description: 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. Note that the final class will be held on a Thursday.

Date: Wednesdays (except the last one), October 10 – November 8, 5 Sessions         Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00
Location: Lenox Community Center, Lenox Lounge Room

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Class: Stepping Into Knitting Socks
Description: If you can knit and purl, you already have most of the skills needed to knit socks! We will cover tips for using double-pointed needles, decreases, increases and how to make sure socks will fit. You should complete this session with everything you need to know to knit socks. Bring any yarn you like and a set of five double-pointed needles.
Date: Wednesdays, November 14 – December 12, 5 Sessions         Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center, Lenox Lounge Room       

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Class: Adventures in Knitting
Description: Join this knitter's workshop where 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. 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, size 7 16-inch circular needles and size 7 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.
Date: Wednesdays, January 16 – February 6, 4 Sessions         Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center, Lenox Lounge Room      
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Class: Fix-It Clinic
Description: These knit-in clinics are for finishing up your knitting projects that have languished, getting started on new projects or mending well-loved knitwear. Bring your project and the instructions for it. If you need to mend, bring a darning needle and yarn that matches your knitwear in both color and thickness.
Date: Wednesdays, February 1 - March 6, 3 Sessions             Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center, Lenox Lounge Room       


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


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


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

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


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 Sock Heels You May Not Know

Step-Up Sock Heels
If you can divide by 2, you can knit these socks! This very functional heel can be knit from the top down or the toe up and is as beautiful as it is fun to make.

Reclaiming Our Time Socks
The soles for these socks can be ripped out and reknit with no muss or fuss. The pattern, included with the class, is designed to be knit from the toe up. We will go over the techniques needed to create this sock and talk about how to convert the pattern for top-down knitting.

Pussy Hat Holiday Ornament/ Small Circular Knitting Success
This is the easiest political statement you can use to decorate your home or give as a gift. Do you fear DPNs? Are you curious about magic loop? We will learn all about both styles of knitting tools to make small tubes such as baby hats, socks, mittens, and (of course) this little hat. Mastery of the three-needle bind off is included!

No-Purl Pussyhats In Any Gauge
This is a great class for beginners and knitters who are returning to the craft after a break. Learn how to create a hat that you can knit in any gauge and any size. 

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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