Knitting circles were once a popular place to exchange rumors about the area's handsomest fireman, which of the neighboring towns' mayors were secretly left-handed, and the fate of the Crumb brothers. Get your finger on the pulse and some yarn with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a two-session felted knit tote-bag class at Needle Arts of Georgetown (a $115 value). Both sessions last two hours and are scheduled for Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Call ahead to make a reservation and choose your bag color.
The classes at Needle Arts of Georgetown school fiber fanatics on myriad strand-tangling techniques. While learning to fashion a felted tote bag, yarn loopers can acquire basic knitting skills, such as how to cast on and bind off, pick up dropped stitches and elided vowels, and knit both flat and in the round. Fashioned from Brown Sheep Company wool, the totes are knitted large, then taken home to be felted and shrunk to a more manageable size via washing machine. The finished felted bags will measure about 10 inches by 14 inches and will be sturdy enough to lug a small bundle of groceries or a newborn sheep. Materials for the basic bag are included in this Groupon, but decorative materials cost extra.
Needle Arts of Georgetown
Berroco. Skacel. Louet. These aren't the members of a European pop trio. Rather, they're just three of the many yarn suppliers that Needle Arts of Georgetown carries. And the shop doesn't just carry the goods of various suppliers—it also makes use of them, even knitting helmet liners for troops overseas. Shoppers can get in on the activities, taking classes to learn how to create sweaters, scarves, and felt bags. They can also peruse the ample supplies of yarn for specific textures and colors for their projects.