At NoDa's newest shop, Yarnhouse Knits, experienced and novice knitters alike can find needles, patterns, yarn -- and more yarn (it offers 15,000 balls in every color and material imaginable). For those who are looking to learn or to simply improve their skills, Yarnhouse offers crocheting and knitting classes that start at $15 and are about two hours long. Store owner and accomplished knitter Chris Wysocki and several other experienced locals lead the classes, where you can learn to make sweaters, scarves, hats, and other creations from the colorful yarns. 3205 N. Davidson St., 704-335-8531
Whether you're clueless in the kitchen or a sautéing savant, there is a hands- on cooking class at Cooking Uptown for you. The classes, which vary in price according to the food used, are taught at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels by experienced chefs including Johnson & Wales grads and sous chefs from several local restaurants. Students are grouped into small groups to make one recipe
during each two-hour class, and all culinary tools are provided. Upcoming classes include “Homemade Desserts” (May 15) and “Coastal Cooking" (May 22). 1707 E. Seventh St., 704-333-7300
The education department at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden isn't limited to gardening. It offers classes on wildlife, conservation, photography, fine art, and more. However, for green-thumb wannabes you'll find winter classes on topics like container gardening (learn how to best nourish and arrange your plants inside during gardening (learn how to grow your favorite veggies in the spring), and creating an herb planter for your kitchen (learn how to use your fresh herbs in dishes and drinks). Classes are typically $15 to $30 and about two hours long.
6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont, 704-825-4490