Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yarn Along: Alpaca and Friendship

 I am click, click, clicking away on my alpaca vest.  The yarn is so soft and the color quite varied.  I have to make tally marks on a notecard so I know that every seventh row needs the cable needle.  I look forward to the cable row.  I need one more skein of yarn.  Do you think I'll be able to find it here in Denver?  My daughter purchased it in Napa, California and I don't like the "clunkiness" of ordering over the phone.  So spoiled.  I may just have to brave the city streets and lack of parking and zip to The Lamb Shoppe downtown.
 I am revisiting my last three decades of stand out books, rereading them and remembering why they made their mark on my heart and soul.  This book by Alan Loy Mcginnis is a keeper.  His writing style is easy, short sentences and a lot of straight shooting (smile). He died in 2005, but this little masterpiece sold over a million copies and is selling today.
I've been making a list as I read it again.  
Don't we all desire to care for people more effectively, learning how to love deeper?
What books have made their mark on your life?

25 comments:

Farm Girl said...

All wonderful things to incorporate in life. I never have heard about that book. Your vest is coming right along.
Have a lovely day, almost birthday girl. :)

Gumbo Lily said...

As you know, I admire you knitters! Keep on clicking!

The book sounds really good, and your notes are worthy of my notice and thinking about. I need to work harder on my friendships and relationship. I often assume that those people I love "just know" that I love them. I need to express it in more ways. Thank you for the reminder, Karen. XOXO

Aisling said...

I feel like I should read that book. I always want to teach people to be closer to me... and they don' t always want to learn. lol

deborah said...

That's fun that you're re-reading old favorites. I'm going to add this one to my want-to-read list.

Love your Raggedy Ann header! So fun!

Your vest is lovely!

elizabeth said...

Like love those books that helped us along! You are doing so well in your knitting!!!! Thx for visiting me today 😊 yarn along with Ginny is grand!

Kezzie said...

Those points you took down are just lovely!!x

Nana Go-Go said...

Your sweater is going to be just lovely. It looks so soft and squishable. Could you order more online. Less painful than over the telephone and what it costs in postage and packing, saves you on petrol (gas) to get there in your new fancy-pants charabang! I like the look of your list. Have a great weekend, my Friend. x

erica s said...

I like the looks of your book...I am going to check our library's stock and hope I get lucky. The yellow of your knitting is gorgeous!!!

Happyone said...

I've not knitted with Alpaca yarn but heard it stretches. Do you find that? I've felt the yarn and it is soooo soft. I love it

happywonderer.com said...

That really does look soft. I hope you can find more in the right color. Enjoy your re-read!

Amanda said...

Ugh. Downtown Denver. I got so frustrated by its one way streets one time. Good luck finding your yarn. You could order it online....

I can just tell from your photo how soft it is. My LYS carries cascade, I will have to track it down. Does the alpaca shed?

Eileen said...

Your vest looks wonderful and I love the color. Loopy Ewe up inFort Collins might have that color and they will mail. You could them and they would let you know immediately if they have the color and lot for you. I was there last week and I know they had a lot of cascade alpaca in stock. Good luck.
Your book looks interesting!

Amy at love made my home said...

I hope that you enjoy your knitting and can get the rest of the yarn you need. xx

Debbie said...

ooooh that yarn is so beautiful, I love working with alpaca fiber. Your book sounds so interesting, one I might enjoy reading!!

Brad M said...

I love the new vest as well as the great advice! Love love love,
brad

Granny Marigold said...

I wonder if that book is out of print by now. I just checked our library and they don't have it. Maybe a used book store would.

Your soft yellow vest is so cozy looking!!

Lisa Richards said...

Winter's coming and everyone is knitting! (Well, you and MK, anyway!) I may have to take out my beginner's project again. :) The Lamb Shoppe...cute!

karen said...

your list at then end is beautiful, makes me think! Lovely knitting and being spoiled is a wonderful thing.

ann said...

I love your notecard. We all need that sort of reminder from time to time. Thanks for taking the time to do just that.

Rednesty said...

Oh yes, that yarn does look deliciously soft. You're making really great progress. I read your last Yarn Along post and it really made me smile regarding winding the skeins. I always end up in such a tangle too even though I remind myself to relax and breathe positive energy into what should be an easy task! Your book sounds really thought provoking. It is lovely to revisit old favourites. Have a wonderful week. Tania (Hedgerow Harvest)

Sara Boyle said...

I've used Cascade's Eco Duo before; it's scrumptious! Enjoy that vest when it's done.

Jennifer said...

I don't think I realized you lived in Denver. My husband was born and raised in Loveland. We were on vacation in Denver a couple of years ago and I went to the Lamb Shoppe! I loved it! We really like that whole neighborhood, actually. We've stayed in an AirBnB house on 13th Ave a few times, just a couple of blocks from the Lamb Shoppe. Have you ever eaten in the restaurant near there, called Shells and Sauce? We thought it was so good. Gosh, I just love that neighborhood! :)

dori said...

Wonderful needle work, this alpaca vest!

Wonderful seven points about friendship! So helpful!!

Greetings from the Bavarian forest

Dori

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I love doing cables, don't you? Your yarn looks scrumptious!

I'll have to ponder which books have been most important to me. Wendell Berry's collection of essays WHAT ARE PEOPLE FOR is without a doubt a book that has a huge impact on my thinking, and I've read it many times since the first time I read it in 1990.

I'm looking forward to hearing about the books that have been most important to you!

xofrances

Debbie Mitchell said...

The vest is beautiful! I crochet a lot and can knit just a little. My mom used to knit and she used the cables. Always fascinated me! I added your book to my to read list. My favorite book for inspiration is Simple Abundance by Sarah ban Breathnach. I've done this year long journey a number of times. The book taught me so much and helped me so much but the greatest thing it has taught me so far is gratitude.

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