Knitting can be a helpful hobby in the winter when you need a hat for extra warmth or a sturdy needle to chip your way out of a frozen cabin. Prepare for chilly months with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $29 for a Beginning Knitting class for one person ($60 value)
- $29 for an intermediate Beyond the Basics class for one person ($60 value)
Both classes are two hours long and are taught in two sessions.
The intro class teaches beginners how to cast-on, knit, purl, and cast-off, as well as how to find and correct mistakes. Students will also learn about yarn and needles and how to choose the right kinds for their projects. All materials are included, including knitting needles and pure alpaca yarn.
Beyond the Basics is the next step for students who have a basic grasp of knitting. Over the course of the sessions, students will learn increases, decreases, yarn-overs, and shaping. In addition to learning these hands-on skills, students will leave equipped to face the world of fiber head-on with essential information about yarn quality and weight, needle gauge, patterns, common vocabulary, and kitten repellent. Chunky alpaca yarn and circular knitting needles are provided and knitters will also receive a free pattern for a hat they will be creating.
Knitters should bring a notepad and pencil, blunt-tipped tapestry needle, and sharp, four-inch scissors.
Their heads wobble unsteadily on long necks. Their knobby knees stick out. Their faces maintain an expression of delighted, bug-eyed curiosity. These gawky creatures are alpacas—petite, fluffy camelids native to the Andes Mountains—and, despite their goofy appearance, they help produce the ultra-fashionable garments sold by Alpaca Direct.
What alpaca farmers Kelley and Jim Hobart founded as a small family farm where they and their children lived, worked, and learned has become a cozy empire that ships yarn, sweaters, scarves, and socks worldwide. The farm manufactures soft, warm yarn, and even offers classes that teach crafters how to knit and crochet. Alpaca wool is extremely strong, lightweight, and hypoallergenic, and it naturally comes in a wide range of colors while also being receptive to dyes. Its hollow fibers give alpaca sweaters incredible thermal properties, so cold air stays out and the heat of the pizza you’ve slipped down your shirt stays in.