With a shutdown of the federal government looming, Fibre Space in Old Town is offering free knitting lessons for federal workers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. any workday the government is closed.
The introduction classes normally run $75, but those costs are waived for those impacted by a shutdown. Basic materials run as little as $5 for needles and $10 for yarn if interested attendees need them.
Those interested in participating should bring a government ID or contractor ID with them to the shop.
The federal government is preparing for a likely shutdown of non-essential services if lawmakers don’t meet a midnight Monday deadline. Up to 800,000 federal employees will likely be impacted.
There is no sign of consensus on avoiding a shutdown, according to USA Today.
A shutdown could cost the region millions in lost revenue—upwards of $200 million a day, according to an economist at George Mason University, the Washington Post reports.
Fibre Space is located at 1219 King St.