Like changing your hairstylist or winning a game of kick-the-can against a Nepalese mountain goat, knitting is easier said than done. Learn the tricks of the trade with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one beginner's knitting class and 10% off merchandise purchased on class day (a $30 value), or $30 toward any other class at Fashion-knit in Walnut Creek. Both options include a beginner-knitting booklet (a $15 value; a $45 total value).
With an expansive collection of yarn, notions, patterns, and a full schedule of classes, Fashion-knit keeps crafty hands busy with fun fiber projects. Novice needle wielders can master the basic skills in the two-hour Learn to Knit class wherein students cast stitches on and off the needle, learn the difference between knitting and purling, and join new balls of yarn to existing projects to create extra-large garments or extra-small pool covers. More advanced students may apply a $30 credit toward classes that hone special stitching skills such as how to knit two socks at a time with two circular needles ($90 for three-class series), or a basic color-work course ($60 for two classes).
Fashion-knit owner Jeanine Johnson has the art form stitched into her family history. Her grandmother sewed upscale garments for Saks Fifth Avenue, and her mother received her fashion degree from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. Johnson's passion for knitting is evident in the colorful sweaters she crafts, as well as in the classes she offers to knitters of all skill levels. In addition to hands-on sessions, Johnson brings knitting experts to the store for workshops, where they share tips on how to enhance projects or how to re-create favorite attire if one's closet spontaneously combusts.