Aristotle was the first to write that what separates man from beast is not our ability to reason but rather our ability to use yarn and needles to knit our own books. Craft your own copy of Poetics with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a three-hour Learn to Knit workshop at Tempe Yarn & Fiber in Tempe (a $35 value). Call ahead to reserve a session October 1–December 31 at one of the following times: Mondays at 11 a.m., Thursdays at 11 a.m., Fridays at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., or Sundays at 1 p.m.
Tempe Yarn & Fiber's certified instructor Bev guides hands from yarn to stitch in a three-hour learn-to-knit class. Bev leads classes of 3–10 novice knitters through the basics of the knitting craft, imparting know-how on casting on and binding off, knitting, purling, and untangling the world's largest ball of yarn. By the end of the class, newly inaugurated knitters will have honed the skills to master garter and stockinette patterns.
Today's Groupon does not include materials, so students may purchase or bring smooth, light-colored worsted-weight yarn; U.S. size 8 or 9 straight, wooden knitting needles; and scissors. Guests can peruse the knittery’s selection of sundry yarns to procure the ideal colors and materials for future projects, whether crafting chic fall scarves or fashionable keg koozies.
Arizona Yarn & Fiber
The artisans at Arizona Yarn & Fiber cultivate a pair of educational atmospheres where creativity flourishes amid inventories of yarns, fibers, and equipment. Largely stocked by local suppliers, the two studios house classrooms where pupils learn to knit, crochet, spin, weave, and dye fibers. Instructors well versed in the fiber arts bring in classes that teach skills such as beginning knitting, gradually progressing to more complicated maneuvers such as patching up a hot air balloon in motion. Teachers also allow students to set their own pace during project-help sessions, offering pointers as needed.
1415 E University Dr.
Tempe, Arizona 85281