Knitting, like tattooing, requires needles, manual dexterity, and the ability to defend risqué designs to overprotective parents. Be the black sheep with today's Groupon: for $30, you get five knitting classes at Loopy Mango (a $60 value).
Founded by a designer and an artist, Loopy Mango weaves an array of knitting classes and workshops against a stylish boutique backdrop. Knitters of all experience levels perform wooly pirouettes like Little Bo Peep on a Tilt-A-Whirl to complete a project, such as a scarf, a shawl, or a halter top, in the course of five classes. Truly adventurous yarn-twisters can learn to craft an area rug using three-foot needles. Specialty yarns from Prism, Shepherd's Wool, and other brands give basic projects the impressive appearance of a bed sheet made of completed Sunday crossword puzzles. Although materials are not included in the cost of this Groupon, Loopy Mango offers a 10% discount on supplies purchased for classes.
Upon entering Loopy Mango, burgeoning purlers are ensconced in a hodge-podge of antique and vintage-inspired décor, from Roman-style columns and tin ceilings to Victorian shutters from the 19th century. In the back room, students bask beneath a 15-foot skylight, which offers added visibility for hard-to-knit ant mittens.
78 Grand St.
Manhattan, New York 10013