7 Things I Learned in September

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September’s gone, and I’m in denial. But not because summer is gone–no, I love fall! But It’s nearly mid-October now. Ahh! I am very ready for fall, though. Books, knitting, coffee, fires in the stoves, having my kitties curl up on my lap, the leaves turning colors, canning veg. . . But before we turn completely to fall and the looming winter to come, here are 7 things I learned in September. . .

1. How to knit circular washcloths!
I love learning new fun things like this! I learn much better visually, so I found this tutorial with photos, although I didn’t do the star-edge, just circular, similar to this pattern. Circular knitting is fun. Now on to the next challenge!

2. I love surprising people on their birthday. . . especially when I haven’t seen them what seems like forever.
My best friends are off at college, but luckily less than an hour away, so I still get to go to choir concerts, plays, track meets, and, of course, birthdays. I hadn’t seen my friends since they left–over a month–so it was great getting to surprise them!

3. River-walking is about as fun as muleback riding up the mountains.
Especially if you have the right people river-walking with you. I did. At Ponca West my cousins, Mummy, Auntie and I went ‘river-walking’ for a couple of hours and got completely drenched (well, my cousins and I), and it was the most fun I’ve had since muleback riding up the mountains!

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4. Don’t get low on yarn.
. . .because as soon as you do, it’ll be Migraine Week and you’ll need lots of yarn to knit up!

5. I love Ravelry!
As it’s getting colder, I decided to ditch my normal washcloth knitting (at least for the most part) to knit up a warm, chunky blanket with thick yarn and chunky knitting needles! When I started thinking about knitting a blanket, I got on Ravelry and started looking at patterns, and it helped immensely. Now I have too many patterns I want to try!

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6. Always keep a notepad near by.
Over the last couple of weeks, I was in my room most of the time (migraine/allergies–yay!), and either I would be having conversations with people/characters/myself in my head, or I would be thinking about something completely random when a story idea or fragment would pop into my head. And if I don’t write it down quickly, it disappears as fast as it came. I have a whole pile of ripped pages, scraps of paper, and sticky notes now, all full of notes and story fragments.

7. Having a weakness for old books pays off. . .
I tend to pick up lots of books. I have a weakness, especially, for old books (no matter what they are, or what language they’re in), and I found these gems on the library free table!
They are (top to bottom): The House of The Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorn, Natural Wonders Every Child Should Know (with a simple cover, a beautiful starfish that captured my heart), and, the crowning glory. . . The Tour of The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.
Why ‘tour’ and not ‘around’? I don’t know. (Do you? Let me know!) My guess is that somehow I’ve gotten a hold of a early (or first) edition, and they changed the name in later printings!

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These are only 7 things I learned in September, but I’m sure there are more. . .
What did you learn in September?

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