I use cymbalta for my fibro, and it definitely helps. The only down side is I get really bad withdrawal symptoms whenever I forget to take a dose -- but this is not common for most patients. Just be aware it can happen.
Most local yarn shops offer knitting classes - they are also a great place to find people willing to give lessons for $/bartering. A quick google search turned up a yarn shop in Kent: Wild & Wooly Weaving & Knitting (https://plus.google.com/103584531656251591759/about?gl=us&hl=en)