Knitting can keep nimble fingers busy producing daintily stitched potholders and crocheted busts of Julius Caesar wearing a ski mask. Harness creative craftiness with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get three introductory knitting classes at Knit Witts Yarn Shoppe (a $40 value). Classes are held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. or Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., depending on availability.
Knit Witts Yarn Shoppe's cozy hub bursts at the seams with a full lineup of yarn and knitting accessories, and plays host to several thread-themed classes. During the one-hour Knit Now class, aspiring knitters practice fundamentals with friendly instruction from one of Knit Witts' stitch masters. After receiving complimentary needles, a resource booklet, and yarn, wool wielders create starting loops with the basic cast-on, and learn the ancient art of knit and purl stitches before finishing a dishcloth to bring home after the last class. Students also learn to distinguish the various types of yarn used for different patterns and projects, and instructors shed light on the hidden world of yarn-label abbreviations.
By the end of the three sessions, knitters may be able to craft malleable masterpieces such as a scarf, hat, and full-scale suspension bridge. Knit Witts Yarn Shoppe’s classes are sociable and intimate, providing each student with more needle time with the instructor.