Friday, June 17, 2005


Hello! I am already falling behind in my blogging -- I can't believe it's been over a week since I posted last.

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for their comments about my Lucky Clover wrap. I love her so much! It was such a fun pattern and I learned a lot.

Secondly, someone asked what kind of yarn I used for my Space Invaders scarf -- I used Caron Simply Soft. I think if I were to do it again I would use a wool yarn just so I could block it better.

So, I've been busy this past week. I started and finished a Shapely Tank in Knitpicks Shine Twist Romance. I absolutely love this tank! (I'll take a photo soon). It fits so well and was a very easy knit. The only thing that was a little difficult was picking up the stitches at the neck and arms to do the border, but it looks so great when done that it is worth it. This pattern may go on the sequel list....

As to sequels, I have started a second Soleil. I made the first one out of the recommended yarn in a light blue. I really like it so I decided to make another with Knitpicks Shine in Grass (I swear I sound like I have stock in Knitpicks or something:) I'm at the waist decreases now, so another few determined knitting days and she should be finished!

The weather here in Illinois has been gorgeous lately and it definitely makes me want to sit next to an open window, feel a cool breeze, and knit:)

I'm nearing the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but I'm so anxious that I still have to wait 4 more weeks until the next one! Ugh -- it will be hard to wait, but thankfully we are going on a sailing trip the first week of July so that should take my mind off of it:) We are going to spend one fabulous week on a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands with my in-laws -- it's going to be so great! We went a few years ago, but the weather wasn't the best, but this year I'm sure we'll have gorgeous, hot, sunny days.

I picked out my books for the trip already....I'm going to take The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and Knit One Kill Two by Maggie Sefton. I may take another book....just not sure which one yet (Perhaps The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory). There's nothing better than sitting on a sailboat in the middle of the water surrounded by beautiful islands reading a good book:)

Last night we went out with M's lab group to a really fantastic restaurant -- Calo -- in Chicago. It's a wonderful Italian place -- great atmosphere, great food -- we had a very nice time. Tonight I think we'll go see the new Batman (I love Christian Bale) -- I'm sure it will be great!


Anonymous said...

Hi Alyssa,
I enjoyed your blog. It sounds like you keep pretty busy! I have three things going now, will finish the little sweater for Roman first, then go back to the tiger project for Riley (back and front do not match up, must try again!). Knitting has to take a back seat to gardening at this time of year. Love, A.Judy

Anonymous said...


I just posted a time and location for a new knitting group in Wilmette on the knitter's review forums. July 12th from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Border's on Lake and Skokie Blvd. Hope you can make it!
I too have 1 husband and three cats! One of them is a yarn fiend and so I have to lock everything away in the closet at the end of the night. :(
Nice blog madam!
Jen in Chicago (on the Forum, but I really live in Wheeling).