Knitting was invented to turn the tumbling balls of yarn that littered the badlands habitat of early man into a soft, warm blanket for man's first pet rock. Create something cozy with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a beginning knitting class and materials at The Creative Stitch in Hingham (up to a $45 value). Beginning knitting will be offered Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the first week of May until the last week of August.
The Creative Stitch invites yarnheads and needle novices to explore a vast selection of knitting tools, patterns, and books, or enroll in classes held in the shop's cozy confines. Learn such basics as purling, casting on, and crafting mittens from old bank statements during the three-hour beginning knitting class. Class sizes are limited to six to eight people, affording each student ample elbow room and individualized instruction from The Creative Stitch's skilled knitters. Though participants are welcome to bring their own supplies, the class includes yarn and needles but does not cover rent, food, and pet care neglected during marathon knitting sessions.