Without yarn, humankind would never have discovered that rubbing knitting needles together will summon Salonius, the god of mistakes and potholders. Learn the mysteries of transforming fibers into beautifully knit objects with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two Saturday-morning beginner classes at Yarniverse (a $25 value), located in East Memphis. Choose any two Saturday classes during a four-week period. Each class lasts two hours (10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.), and new and returning knitters are always welcome.
Hone your sweater-conjuring skills among a group of your scarved and mittened peers with friendly instruction on knitting fundamentals from one of Yarniverse's instructors. Create starting loops with the basic cast-on, and learn the ancient art of the knit and purl stitches—the soft cornerstones of the woolly world. You'll learn and practice how to easily increase or decrease your masterwork by adding rows or erasing mistakes without a cumbersome whiteout needle. Supplies for class are easy to obtain at Yarniverse, which offers knitting tools and needles as well as two floors of wall-to-wall yarn in zillions of hues and bizarre patterns for your ocular delight.
Knitting helps pass the time during flight delays and doctor's waiting rooms, giving you the power to knit a misplaced plane engine or spleen. Once you learn to knit your own gifts, your new hobby will give holidays a hand-crafted, personalized touch. After mastering the basics, you can head back to Yarniverse for future advanced classes on making doggie sweaters, intricate scarves, and baby bonnets.
The staffers at Yarniverse understand that it often takes more than yarn and needles to see a knitting project through to the end. With this in mind, they man a round table inside the two-story shop where they help clients master tricky patterns, inspire them to try new techniques, and fuel knitting sprees with friendly conversation until each wooly endeavor is complete. Before starting new projects, clients stock up on yarns and knitting tools or refresh their skills in a class that covers how to make socks, dog sweaters, or vintage scarves.
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