Knitting can be a helpful hobby in the winter when you need a scarf for extra warmth or a sturdy needle to chip your way out of a frozen cabin. Prepare for chilly months with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a Knitting 101 three-class series at Knit Schtick in Costa Mesa (a $30 value).
Knit Schtick gathers small groups of the yarn-curious in its hospitable space for introductory knitting classes. A trilogy of two-hour classes whisks students ages 12 or older through knitting fundamentals, with Knit Schtick's passionate teachers kindly supplying first-timers with all necessary knitting sticks and yarn wrested from the clutches of a gang of feral cats. Knit Schtick's colorful, wool-strewn retail space, which hosts friendly classes and events such as weekly high tea on Thursdays and Frank Sinatra music on Fridays, creates a pleasant backdrop that imbues classes with a sociable warmth. Choose from classes on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., or Sundays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Like an elegant restaurant or a public restroom, a reservation is required.
On Fridays, Frank Sinatra songs drift amid skeins of yarn. On Saturday mornings, The Beatles harmonize over a community table spread with coffee, tea, and British breakfast treats. Located in Newport Beach, Knit Schtick is a meeting place for knitters of all experience levels to hone their skills in good company. In Knitting 101 classes, beginners learn basics such as how to purl and how to produce a full-body cocoon out of three feet of thread. In general classes, those who already possess a solid knowledge of knitting techniques work on individual projects, looping yarn into scarves, wraps, socks, or blankets.