In addition to being a valuable aesthetic skill, knitting can be surprisingly practical, producing fine-stitched graphing calculators and crocheted grocery-list cases. Get creatively pragmatic with today’s Groupon: for $30, you a three-session beginner’s knitting course at Cultured Purl, located on West 26th Street (a $70 value).
Cultured Purl is a quaint outpost for neophyte knitters and stitch-laying veterans, providing customers with the tools, fibers, and positive environment necessary to make sweaters and hats out of naturally occurring circular cat toys. The beginner's class will equip you with basic skein-wrangling skills and tricks, such as how to highlight the portrait of Ronald Reagan that mysteriously appears in every right-plaited stitch series. Head to Cultured Purl to master the yarn and thread basics, or gift this Groupon to a sartorially-minded friend with graceful, needle-ready paws. Classes are scheduled monthly, so check online for the most recent schedule before calling to reserve your spot. Upcoming classes are on January 12, 19, and 26, and meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Later sessions are available on February 2, 9, and 16, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Four Knitmap reviewers give Cultured Purl an average of five stars:
- This is a great yarn store! I wish I lived closer to it. It is a very friendly atmosphere, lots of great yarn, and they seem to offer a lot of interesting classes. – n3tue, Knitmap
- [The owners] are able and willing to help out with any and all knitting/crocheting questions and dilemmas! – mskardiac, Knitmap