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 to Yarniverse. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get two beginner knitting classes for two people (a $50 value). The two-hour classes take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings; all classes must be taken in a four-week period.
- For $25, you get $50 worth of knitting materials and accessories.
Yarniverse's two-story building houses an enthusiastic staff who spurs warm, homemade creations with a collection of yarns, tools, and lessons. Instructors guide beginners during two-hour sessions that guide fingers through knitting fundamentals, such as how to loop yarn onto needles with the cast-on technique and how to remove stitches by using either the cast-off method or visits to a center for delinquent kittens. In addition, basic knitting and purl techniques help churn out personalized projects, and lessons in increasing and decreasing help students learn to smooth over mishaps.
For knitting at home, the fiber facility unveils aisles of materials and tools, including the sleek Addi Turbo needle ($16.95). An Operadarte shawl kit ($46) provides crafters with the necessary materials for a colorful project, as the staff parades an array of yarns sorted by fiber, color, weight, and the number of dentists who recommended it for flossing.
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.