Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Today's pic ~

look at all that yarn!!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Friday, June 22, 2012

Today's pic ~

would you believe these are all wool-hooked RUGS??
i LOVE them all!!!
michelle from SugarHouseCreations
went to a 'Hook In' rug show 
in Berlin,Ohio...
what talent in these artists!
yet another hand-made craft still thriving!!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Monday, June 11, 2012

Today's pic ~



in my mind, SPUD could be a BLACK sheep??!!!

thanks, SusanBanderson!!

now, where are my *prayer shawl* 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Monday, June 4, 2012

Today's pic ~

wooly sheep borrowed from
'woolymama' on Ravelry
a new friend who was
born/raised in Australia
and lives in the USA now!
her father raised sheep!

we've knit some of the
identical patterns!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today's pic ~

Country Lane Folk Art

Becky paints primitive scenes on any item~
this one is an iron!
i selected her sheep for this post
thank her again for drawing my name
in her blog give-a-way 
last week! 
these were my gifts!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Today's pic ~

Yak Types...

Yaks are divided by color into the following categories:
  • Imperial: black hair with a black nose.
  • Black: black hair with a gray nose
  • Trim: black hair with white trim usually on the forehead, feet and tip of tail.
  • Royal: black and white hair (like Holstein cows).
  • Golden: light brown to golden color (from a recessive gene).
  • Woolly: longer and thicker hair coat. 

Bijou Spun Fingering Weight, 100% Yak Yarn

Bijou Spun Tibetan Dream Sock Yarn

another blog knitter, Julie in Maryland,
 is making
Color Affection by Veera Valimaki (Ravelry)
Yak - Bamboo yarn

in reading about YAKS
i found they are totally used in every aspect

God created a multi-purpose animal
for us here on earth!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Monday, May 7, 2012

Today's pic ~

my kind 'o mug!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Today's pic ~

today's Mass scripture:

"When Jesus says 'I am the good shepherd' we are invited to realize the depth of his love. His sole
concern is for our welfare. For our salvation he became an outcast, one who was rejected by a world that didn't even know him. This shepherd-- this smelly farmer who does what no one else would stoop to do
('lays down his life for the sheep') --is the one we are to embrace and emulate.

from St.Mary's bulletin - 4th Sunday of Easter, April 29, 2012
{Acts 4:8-12; Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29; John 3:1-2}

i so love that HE is our SHEPHERD!!
we are HIS flock of sheep!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Today's pic ~

the 'little' things lately ~

making a baby sweater for a friend's g'gson...
making a cross prayer shawl for that friend...

knitting with my best friend friday--
helping her with a new knit stitch...

sharing my gdaughter's request
for a sleeping bag for her hamster, MaryAlice...

designing a flyer for the church bulletin
& meeting w/Father to start
a 'new' Prayer Shawl Ministry
at St.Mary's...

visiting with my neighbor
hearing she liked my yellow tree peony bloom...

corresponding daily with a great friend in Maine...

caring for my husband and puppy...


now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Today's pic ~

Julia @ Hand Knitted Things
Highlands, Scotland

what a cute, adorable family!!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!

ps: i finished the baby blue/white sweater for our taxpreparer,
back to my LUNA shawl!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Today's pic ~

new lamb in meadow
New Zealand

little lambs are so precious!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Today's pic ~


                                                              Photo © Chad Niemeyer
Here at Blue Sky our hearts melt for the newest member of the Blue Sky Family! Jones joined the herd in late February and we just cannot get enough of him.
Katie @ BlueSkyAlpaca.com  
he is so cute i couldn't resist not featuring him today!! 
and he has a BLACK face!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

from Katie @

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Today's pic ~

the Empty Tomb ~

Jesus is Risen!!!

Happy Easter!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ linda

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Today's pic ~

~ awaiting the sunrise ~
HE will be risen!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ linda

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Today's pic ~

borrowed from
TheBlessedHearth blog

Faye's dear friend Jackie
had a Mama sheep
who had twin lambs!!
Mama has the prettiest black face
that i fell in love with!!

Now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Friday, March 30, 2012

today's pic ~

!! DEER in MY Backyard !!

no pic today...i couldn't get my camera out fast enough!!

i was looking out the front door and watched 4 young deer
trot around my neighbor's yard across the street,
look both ways (or not!) before
crossing our street
run between our house
our next door neighbor's house
thru my narrow back yard
my picture window,
down the ravine,
over the black property line fence
into the wooded Hickory Hill park
run out of site!!!

it all happened so fast!
^)^ hawknitr

Monday, March 26, 2012

Today's pic ~

we  BLACK sheep can be great leaders!!!

(maybe quietly, in our own way...)

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

today's pic ~

see my new pet!!

my little BLACK kitty
on my sidebar


hover over her
 to hear her

move your cursor
around her feet 
to see her
Paw at it!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

today's pic ~

'Forget-Me-Knot' Yarn Shop

i would LOVE to hang one of these
in my 'yarn room'...
IF i had a 'yarn room'!!!!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

today's pic ~

(Google stock cartoon photo)

this little cartoon sheep
looks like my dog
when she is watching me

inquisitive, wondering, loyal

Wriggly cocks her head at the same angle
with the sweetest look
in her eyes!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ hawknitr

Saturday, March 17, 2012

today's pic ~

Willow: "follow me children!"

Twig: "mama, who are they??"
Linda has graciously given me permission to use her PFF pics here!
thank you so much!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ linda

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

today's pic ~

this is mama Willow with her 2 babies
Twig and Leaf
that now reside at my good friend Linda Stubb's

the LORD blessed her and answered her prayers!

& this is my little 'flock' for my '61'
yesterday, March 13 !!!

Bless them, LORD!!

now, where are my 'stick's and 'string'???

Monday, March 12, 2012

today's pic ~

getting a spring 'haircut'!!???

my friend, Linda @ PrairieFlowerFarm, is getting
ready to welcome a new mama sheep w/child!
this could be happening at her farm in the future!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!
^)^ linda

Friday, March 9, 2012

today's pic ~

 this Icelandic ram
reminds me of the mountain goats
we saw in the Rocky Mtns
when vacationing in 


now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!

^)^ hawknitr

Thursday, March 8, 2012

today's pic ~

my 'alter-ego' ~ black sheep of the flock!!

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string' ???

oh, i purchased some new needles yesterday @ HomeEc!! 
 hand-made oak #50 short needles

can you see them on my mantle?  they are HUGE!!
Amy Nichols made them!
she knit an Alpaca neckwarmer with them on display at HomeEc!!
what talent!! but what would you expect from a Graduate student in ART??!!!

^)^ hawknitr

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

today's pic ~

somewhere in the (Google) world ??
these sheep have been trained to 
'follow the Leader'!!! 

now, where are my 'sticks' and 'string'??!!
^)^ hawknitr

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March Madness!!

*today's pic ~
what better welcome for Spring than a baby Lamb!

today has been an 'early rise'!!  wrigley jumped on me at 4am, jumped on terry, barked and ran around the bedroom until i got up! out the front door she went...onto the crusty snow cover into the blowin' wind!
then she & i had some breakfast...i made myself a java

sat down by the fireplace, wrigley at my feet
& closed my eyes until it was 5:30 & time to get up to go 'sit w/g'kids until they got up. 

quiet time at their house to read some of my fav blogs on their apple, wrigley napping quietly on the floor until it was time for coco to get up for softball practice.  wrigley knew it & sat at her closed door until i opened it...then she jumped on & gave coco doggie kisses so she would get up!! the QUIET was over!!!

now, watching the IOWA Hawkeyes lose their last home game...sad...they had a good lead in 1st half but one cannot win making turn-overs! 

more BIG 10 tournament games to fill up our evening!  the Big10 'most valuable player' just got a TECHNICAL!!! oh, my!!! i'm still on my laptop, but MUST stop so i can knit while i watch!

where are my 'sticks' & 'string'?!!!
^)^ linda

Friday, March 2, 2012

snow...wonderful snow!!!

*today's pic~

OMG!!  after the spring tornadoes in the mid-south, we are having a heavy, white-out kind of snow blizzard today!!!  i guess we are still in WINTER mode here in iowa! don't put your winter coats/scarves/hats away just yet!!  more tornadoes today in AL ... woe to the South...

i just read wonderful sentiments from Brenda @ Common Ground and her followers!! must check on Prairie Flower Garden and The Blessed Hearth too!

watching the BTN(Ben Ten Network) women's BB tournament games...Michigan vs Ohio State right now ...  then IOWA vs Nebraska @ 1pm ... both I and N have 'perfect' Februaries... no losses!  should be a really great game!!

the snow removal crew(not my crew!) that damaged my sidewalk sod last time came to meet with me and assured me they would repair my damaged grass along one of the busiest blvds here!  then it started snowing!!everything outside is WHITE!!  pray they do their job better!!  i'm really assured they will!
wonderful day to stay inside & KNIT on my Echo Flower shawl that i found on Ravelry!!

this is the PATTERN pic..my shawl will be in Tosh Vintage  Glazed Pecan ... brown w/golden highlights!!  2into9's, 3into9's, Nupps, and LOTS of YO's!!!!!  (sound like a strange language?? stay tuned to find out!!)

NOW, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!!

^)^ linda

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Howlin' Wind!!!

today the wind is blowing snow flurries horizontally and howlin' as if it were the middle of winter! we're just a couple 3 weeks away from the 1st day of spring! what a strange winter we have had this year!! i'm looking forward to warmer days so i can work in my flower bed/berms.  everything i planted last year will make its first real showing this spring/summer!!

OMG!!! the tornadoes that hit KS, MO, IL, KY were deadly!!  130+mph winds devastated Branson,MO!! yes, this HAS been a VERY STRANGE 'winter-into-spring'!  my heart goes out to all those affected by these deadly storms last night.  they struck during the night when people were asleep in their beds! how awful!
we've been to Branson several times, driven thru Witchita many times, gone thru southern IL also. EF4 rating from 170+mph winds!   it makes our winds thru IC liken to a summer 'breeze'!  we need to get a NOAA radio!!  scary!!!

since this blog is partly about my love of BLACK sheep, and since i've been collecting pics of any/all sheep, i'm going to include a pic of them on each post.  the background 'Wales Black Sheep' that i found on Google pics is by far my favorite!!!!  i love it!!  so, please enjoy this one as my first real post!  i am not a 'wool' knitter as my family cannot wear wool, so i knit in other fibers.  but i can dream about all the natural wool colors... i recently found a 'sheep lap afghan' & 'heid' using natural wool colors that i want to make sometime.  Kate Davies designed these two sheep pieces... someday...

now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!!
^)^ hawknitr13 {aka Linda}
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