It's a scientific fact that knitting can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, and give a feeling of comfort and satisfaction. Once you've learned even the simplest basics of knitting, you will benefit from time spent with your yarn and needles. The key is to develop good skills by practicing. The benefits aren't about the stitches; it's about the process. Our Knitting 101 students make a ribbed scarf, utilizing both knit and purl stitches, but even a garter stitch (knit every row) scarf can be beautiful and functional, and it's a good way to get a lot of practice with the knit stitch.

When you get enough practice to not have to re-think the movements to make a stitch and can let muscle memory take over, you are already on the way to experiencing the great benefits of this ancient craft. Then knitting becomes like meditation, where you stop thinking about everything going on in your world, focusing comfortably on the one thing you're doing: knitting. There's a reason why so many people are addicted to knitting.

In our Knitting 101 class, we teach the basics: Cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. Our classes are small enough for personalized attention, and large enough to enjoy the camaraderie. We teach both continental and English style, and yes, left-handers can certainly knit very well.

Our KNITTING 101 class is three 2-hour sessions. The cost is $75. The next class will be on Tuesdays, Sept 15, 22 and 29. We have classes in the morning (10am-noon) and evening (6:30-8:30). Please call us, email, or stop by the shop to sign up.

And just FYI: KNITTING 103 (aka My First Sweater) starts Monday, Sept 14 at 6:30 pm. The morning class starts Friday Sept 18 at 10am. It's four 2-hour sessions (skipping a week to let you get your knitting done). This project is a comfy top-down pullover, designed by Amy Sment, and will be a great all-purpose addition to your wardrobe.

And KNITTING 102 (aka Make a Hat) starts Tuesday, October 6, a natural segue from the Knitting 101 class.

Practice makes better!