Janel Laidman grew up in Southern California, where the weather is hardly ever sweater weather. However, knitting must have been in her DNA, because she began to knit about 30 years ago when she was an exchange student in Denmark. She has always been a do-it-yourselfer so designing was a quick and logical step for her. Janel's first two books, The Eclectic Sole and The Enchanted Sole are about knitting socks, and Janel's creative design style shows you just what you can do with these humble foot coverings. Janel is an avid hand spinner as well as knitter. These days Janel knits, spins, and dreams in Eugene, Oregon where she always hard at work on her next endeavor.