Sarah Gaynor (@gaynordesigns), our contest winner of “free classes for a year,” will be documenting her nitty gritty class experience with us for the next 12 months. Here’s her seventh Dabble class!

I signed up for this class with one goal: to make myself a scarf, not just any scarf but a cream and charcoal gray infinity scarf. I will wear this scarf with my bright green coat and a black wool beret. As snowflakes fall around Chicago, I will be warm and fashionable. Jealous people stop and query, “Where did you get such a cute scarf?” and with an air of smugness I say, “I made it.”

The tagline for this class should really be “Knitting Basics: How to De-stress yourself at Lunch.” My goal was a scarf for myself, but I have discovered the benefits of knitting during my lunch hour. The stack of paper in my inbox is forgotten while I purl away alone in my office. Erica the class instructor is a helpful and patient teacher. I struggled for the first 45 minutes to do anything. She came over every time, watched me and helped correct my mistakes. Honestly she showed me how to cast-on 10 times before it clicked in my brain.

Not only did she teach us the basics (cast-on, purl and bind off) she explained the different yarns and needles and where to get supplies. Erica made sure we each had gotten the hang of it by the end of the class. I was perfectly confident about starting fresh when I returned home (I already have and it’s going fairly well). By the end of the class, we each had an odd shaped square or rectangle. Despite it’s small size I have found a few uses for it…

– Sarah Gaynor (@gaynordesigns)