- $18 for a Learn to Knit class ($35 value)
Arizona Yarn & Fiber and Tempe Yarn & Fiber
Whether they're knitting novices or seasoned enthusiasts, a trip to Arizona Yarn & Fiber or Tempe Yarn & Fiber is bound to delight visitors' senses. That's because the shops stock yarn in a rainbow of colors and a wide spectrum of textures, appealing to the eyes and also laying soft against the skin. These yarns are sourced from renowned makers, such as Misti Alpaca, a brand operated by fourth-generation Alpaca fiber workers, and Manos del Uruguay, a nonprofit organization that employs more than 400 Uruguayan artisans.
These yarns are impressive on their own, but what can be created with them is even more remarkable. Experts at Arizona Yarn & Fiber and Tempe Yarn & Fiber teach students how to knit, spin, and crochet fibers into garments during workshops held in the shop. Groups learn knitting basics, such as the garter and stockinette stitch during these sessions. Some classes focus on freeform work, and others center around creating specific garments such as cardigan sweaters or face covers that hide your tears during the sad parts of movies.