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 $30, you get two beginners knitting or crochet classes at Modern Yarn in Montclair (a $60 value). This Groupon covers one knitting and one crochet class, or you can use both on the same class, and includes 10% off yarns used in your first project.
Alongside needlework services and a stockade of yarn products, the artisans at Modern Yarn share their steadying hands to teach stitchery to neophyte yarn wranglers. In the two introductory classes, owner and certified art instructor Kathleen McWilliams Ward advises students as they first turn threads into clothing, blankets, or decorative hang gliders. In each 90-minute Learn to Knit class, you'll wield the store's materials to practice techniques such as casting-on, knitting, and binding off. Meanwhile, apprentices in the Learn to Crochet course will absorb the chain-stitch, single-crochet, and double-crochet skills necessary to breathe life into a scarf. Beginners courses take place Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Modern Yarns freshly decorated tapestry depot boasts a new line of yarns, needles and other products from socially conscious companies, many of whom aim to provide work to women in South America, Nepal, and Vietnam. In addition, students will often wield wooden needles from fast-growing renewable trees, use project bags made from recycled inner tubes, and practice ergonomically friendly hugs. The shop also lends its needle prowess to charity knitting programs and buys phone service from the Working Assets program, which donates portions of phone bills to social causes.
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