Ahh, Fall. My favorite season and, as any Chicagoan will tell you, a short one. Seeing as it’s so fleeting, I am determined to dedicate every moment to gratuitous gourd decorations, various shades of orange, and impatiently awaiting the opening of hard cider bar The Northman. Helping me in my quest for autumnal merriment are, of course, Chicago’s Dabble instructors! Instead of jumping into a pile of leaves (only to find that piles of leaves are the preferred habitat of slugs*), try out some of these seasonal dabblings:

Knitting 101

‘Tis the season that is chilly, so bundle up in a buttoned cowl that you can call your own. Whether you’re a knitting savant or a total newbie, you’ll leave this class with the wares to make surprisingly handmade winter wear, or a charmingly lumpy keepsake. Either way, you’ll be cozy.

Pumpkin Carving

Jack-of-all-trades, meet Jack-O-Lantern. As far as fall festivities go, pumpkin carving is an obvious classic, and this class is coming up just in time for Halloween. Carve traditional triangles or try to spook the pumpkin-phobic with an original design! The event, hosted by MAKE! Chicago is family-friendly, and each adult ticket includes free admission for an accompanying little one, along with a pumpkin per person and a battery operated tea light to make your carving glow.

Survival Basics: Fire Building

Since the dawn of time, man has used fire to cook food, provide light, and make autumns super quaint and toasty. For those of us who have spent camping trips emptying bottles of lighter fluid into firepits, this class is key for mastering an essential way to keep warm. Throw on your new DIY cowl and head out to the Loyola Beach Park to try your hand at a variety of fire building techniques before winter weather brings camping season to a close.

Have ideas for more autumn how-to’s not listed here? Dabble welcomes all fall enthusiasts to host their own class in pumpkin pie tasting, wine mulling, extra-scary homemade Halloween costumes— or anything else you think suits the season!

*Based on a true leaf-pile dive.