I know it's been awhile since you posted your interest, but there is a great place in center city Philly on 9th and South Streets called Nangellini. You can go to their website, but Nancy runs the shop and gives private lessons for $20/hr, or you can join their knitting circles on Sundays 3-6 or Tuesdays 6-9 for $5 (but you can buy something with the $5 and everything's 10% off during a knitting circle). It's a GREAT shop! I'm a new knitter and in the last 6 weeks I've already made a blanket, hat, 2 scarves and now I am in the middle of 3 more projects. Nancy is fantastic and very patient. I think you would love it there if you can make it into Center City.