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by Joann Jovinelly (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer/photographer living in the East Village neighborhood of New York City.
Published December 20th 2010
Knitting and crocheting are not just pastimes of the aged anymore. In fact, if you look around, you'll probably notice some unusual applications of knitted and crocheted yarn, such as yarn-covered bicycles, art installations, and even yarn "graffiti". There are also visual artists who have taken knitting and crocheting to much greater heights and others who see the act of knitting as performance art.

Whatever your reason for doing it, knitting and/or crocheting on your own can be daunting. Just following the patterns can take a certain level of patience when you're unfamiliar with the process. For help, look no further than the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, located just a block from Broadway near Union Square. Not only can you stop by for tips from the pros, but you can take home a variety of free patterns, yarn samples, and sign-up for affordable classes. Each month, the studio offers two levels of classes in knitting and crocheting as well as workshops taught by master-level artists who demonstrate specific techniques. Payment in full is required to reserve a spot in any class or workshop.

If you're an experienced knitter who has hit a snag in your progress, stop by on Tuesday evenings between 5:30 and 6:30 PM for free help with crocheting techniques and on Wednesday evenings at the same time for questions about knitting. The Lion Brand Yarn Studio also hosts knitting and crocheting groups all month long, including "Flicks and Sticks" and a "Men's Night." See the website for specific details and schedule changes and check out the blog to see what everyone is making.

Founded in New York City, Lion Brand Yarn is a 132-year-old company and America's oldest yarn brand. Since it opened the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in 2008, its employees have taught more than 1,000 New Yorkers how to knit and crochet.
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Why? To make something great out of yarn.
When: Various times
Where: 34 W. 15th Street
Cost: $50 and up
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