Wednesday, November 30, 2011

sunny morn to music...

good sunny morning!!

   welcome to my 'simple gifts' blog!  i just added a 'music to knit by' link in upper right so you can listen while you browse.  it's mostly by artist...i have yet to shuffle the order.

and my 1st blog, (g'ma's grapevine) link is there also...i cannot add to it since we changed providers and cannot access the 'dashboard' for it where the 'construction elements' are... that makes me sad ;(

 ^)^ hawknitr

Sunday, November 27, 2011

new look...

i changed my blog design this morning around 2am!!!  i kept browsing & found more gadgets & designs to try!  i love this WiseMen background to complement my 'simple gifts' theme.   the wise men were traveling to present gifts to the baby Jesus!  i love knitting for my family, friends & charity...i just don't have enough hours in each day when i have to 'frog' & 'redo'!!!  i'm trying teach myself how to knit a brioche hat in the round...having to go to my knit friend, Ann, for help!  why can't my brain assimilate this pattern??!!  it's at the 'join' where it doesn't come out right...back to CrazyGirl for more help from Ann...she worked on it last night &, of course, figured it out!! i'm constantly tired, so i'm sure my brain just isn't working 'up-to-par'!! not that i'm 60!!!   i apologize if my blog is difficult to read with this WiseMen background...

^)^ hawknitr

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wrigley...I love you sweetie!!

Wrigley, this is for you... 
                                                          A Dog's Soul
.....Every dog must have a soul Somewhere deep inside Where all his hurts and grievances Are buried with his pride Where he decides the good and bad The wrong way from the right And where his judgement carefully Is hidden from our sight A dog must have a secret place Where every thought abides A sort of close acquaintance that He trusts in and confides And ...when accuse...d unjustly for himself,he cannot speak Rebuked,he finds within his soul The comfort he must seek He'll love tho' he is unloved And he'll serve ,tho' badly used And one kind word will wipe away The time's when he's abused Although his heart may break in two His love will still be whole Because God gave to every dog An understanding soul. (Clara Elton Sharp's)

Wrigley, your rescheduled 'spa day' is tomorrow!! bath, trim, pampering by Martha!!!  


^)^ hawknitr

sleepy sunday...

sleeping dog, sleeping husband...

~NOW, WHERE ARE MY 'STICKS' & 'STRING' ??!!! ^)^ hawknitr

      ...more java, please!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Regina Regals win!!!


my husband & i went to a special mass last night @ St.Pat's Catholic Church for the Regina Regals as they prepare for the State 2A Football Championship game today.  it was the 1st time we had attended mass in the new church (destroyed by a tornado in '09).   and they won today 24 - 20 over Spirit Lake!!!  and J.Vollstedt was named MVP!!! 

~NOW, WHERE ARE MY 'STICKS' & 'STRING' ??!!! ^)^ hawknitr

Thursday, November 17, 2011

fun stuff ;)

good morning!
    i've been playing around here since i finished the baby blue 'edward' sweater for my eyeDr... it's a raglan basketweave ... so cute for a baby boy!!  but i think, time-consuming to knit!  no holes as in lace so every little stitch on #3 & #4's takes times with baby sportweight yarn!!
    since i cannot get back to my original blog's dashboard, i am starting to add widgets again here.  it's a good refresher on navigating around on blogspot!
~NOW, WHERE ARE MY 'STICKS' & 'STRING' ??!!! ^)^ hawknitr

Saturday, November 5, 2011

another KNITTING weekend!!!

*am waiting for IA hawkeyes FB game on our big screen w/knitting needles&yarn in hand,wrigley dozing on the sofa beside me & java on my sidetable!!!  couldn't be more perfect! 

*finished 2 chemo hats for 30yo neighbor who has breast cancer and going thru treatment after double mastectomy...she lost her hair... best friends with stepdaughter...she has a really positive attitude...will make more for her...she wants the turban chemo hat & will buy yarn for me to knit for her...she loved the pattern as my sd said she would ~~ i so enjoy knitting for people who really appreciate my love of knitting...

*i got my love of knitting from my Babi...(my dad's Czech mom) who i never saw/watched actually knit, but have inherited her old dpns...i still have the scarf-gloves-hat set she made me in elem school!!!

*got 75+ daffodil bulbs planted last week w/help from Regina seniors on their service day...deck/porch furniture moved into garage...door windows scraped clean of paint...  SO APPRECIATED!!!

*got paid, finally, for our season football tickets!

*am going to daily mass w/hubby...starting with ALL SAINTS DAY, Nov 1st ... also researching Catholic saints... i love St.FRANCIS of ASSISSI !!!

~NOW, WHERE ARE MY 'STICKS' & 'STRING' ??!!! ^)^ hawknitr

Friday, October 28, 2011


good morning!!!

  this is the BEST time of my day...early morning while it's still quiet & dark outside except for traffic slowly waking up...sitting on my sofa~java on the sidetable~wrigley asleep next to me (bless her heart for getting up early with me!)~my laptop on my lap~my latest knitting project at hand (knitting a chemo turban for a neighbor who has breast cancer)~the pendulum clock making the only sounds in the house~looking at my kitchen/great room of my new home, just amazed that i am where i am in this small, but beautiful home that my stepdaughter built for us that i could decorate with all my travel 'purchases' over the years~husband sleeping peacefully in bedroom~thanking GOD for all that is good in my life, waiting for his everyday wonder of the beautiful colors of sunrise!!!


 ^)^ hawknitr

Saturday, October 22, 2011

~~G'pa Terry's 70th with his 6+1  'treasures' on 9/1/2011~~
Miss Wrigley, Charlotte, Henry, Sam, Greta, Ethan, Evan 
laundry room curtain i knit

"loo" curtain i knit

Regina jr/seniors helping plant 75 daffodil bulbs in berms on Service Day Oct 20, 2011
Wrigley supervised!!

Regina students helped moved deck furniture to garage 10-20-11
Regina student scraping paint off Terry's office door on service day~
Fall view from great room~
infected cyst i had surgery to remove in July 2011
1st try at teaching mysefl Brioche to make reversible 2-color Hawkeye scarf (used Italian 2-color cast)
Greta's 6th Birthday ~ knit Castle pillow top and small throw!
  i finally loaded the camera card onto my laptop...  now i can add pics once in a while!

~NOW, WHERE ARE MY 'STICKS' & 'STRING' ??!!!  back to the Hawk vs Hoosier game
 ^)^ hawknitr

Friday, October 14, 2011

i am watching a BULLYING program on CNN with Anderson Cooper... Dr.Phil is talking plain's the parent's job to observe their children and stop them from bullying!!!  good for him!! one video shown on this show was on a school bus from Sioux City, IA much to my dismay... ;o(
   the bullying happening on this bus was simply disgusting, dispicable, etc!!!
now there is an app on facebook from cartoon network to take a pledge to speak up against bullying... back to fb now...

~NOW, WHERE ARE MY 'STICKS' & 'STRING' ??!!! ^)^ hawknitr


OMG!!!  my laptop just had its annual's so fast i'm in awe!!! we also got faster speed from qwest too.   natalie brought it back yesterday. her brother and husband, george, do the technical work!! she's really knowledgable so she will be my "go-to gal" from now on when i have tech questions!!  she also loved wrigley!!  even said she would 'borrow' her for her girls to play i asked if she would 'dog-sit' wrigley if we got into a bind...i could tell she loved dogs so i know wrigley would be taken care of well. 

i have taught myself  how to do the BRIOCHE stitch and am trying to start a hat in pine green/black to go with my winter coat.  temps are really getting chilly these days!  i need to make a black/gold one too to cover my 'bed hair' in the mornings when i take wrigley out.  i've had a few 'bad hair days'!!!  i love the thickness of the knitted brioche fabric and it stretches quite easily. 

~NOW, WHERE ARE MY 'STICKS' & 'STRING' ??!!! ^)^ hawknitr

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Icelandic Sheep

browsing on Ravelry hooked me up these magnificent animals in Wales...

     ^)^ hawknitr

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mother Nature cooperates!!

YEA!!!  Mother Nature is cooperating with me!!  we had our lawn mowed, raked the thatch out, and reseeded this week.  i am supposed to water it regularly, so i was out this morning, faithfully, w/the hose, watering by hand sprinkler the areas that were often neglected by the sprinkler this summer.  then, after i did the hard-to-reach spots i hooked the sprinkler up for larger areas and the dark clouds i was watching finally starting releasing their load of moisture!!!  YEA!!  rain water is so much better than hose water anyday!!  so Wrigley, who sat quietly in front of the front door, except when the neighbor walked by w/her two labs, and i went out in the sprinkling rain and pulled/wound the hose up!  she is such a great help to me outside!! NOT
but i can't leave her in the house w/gpa because she barks a high pitch squeal that give gpa a headache!! she's such a 'gma's girl'!! 

so now, i can stay in and knit today!!  i finished the little baby blue designer 'monkey' socks and spiral hat for susan's gift.  we stay w/Young kids tonight so i can take them over then along with henry's bday card. 

gpa started walking home from church yesterday while i was knitting @ homeEc w/cindy...i picked him up quite a distance from church...good exercise for him...1/2 hr walk! i don't think he's going to walk today! it's actually really chilly, esp w/rain!!  i had to wear a jacket while i was watering the lawn! YEA! i love this cool weather...i cannot stand hot, humid summer weather ;-(   i'll take winter anyday over summer... gentle snow falling, anything baking in the oven, fireplace on, my java, and knitting something lacey beside the window's view! what could be better?!!!  right now, our backyard is the Hickory Hill Park and the trees are beginning to change...even the old, somewhat ugly tree is looking dramatically will become gorgeous soon!!  it's odd shape resembles one you think of on a Halloween scene!!


 ^)^ hawknitr

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

dog house ...

oh no!  wrigley & i are in the 5HH dog house ...:o(     i went to the grocery store leaving wrigley to watch over g'pa @ his computer.  i 'dog-proofed' the house (shut all the doors) but forgot to see that my baby knitting projects were put up on the table... she proudly drug into the office my knitting, trailing a long line of yarn behind her!  alas, that sent g'pa into a tizzy!!  he scolded her and she pee'd for him in his office!!!

 ^)^ hawknitr

Monday, September 26, 2011

rainy day antics!!

hi!  it's a cold, windy, rainy day here in Hawkeye country!! an absolutely GREAT day for knitting!!  if i ever get off this computer i'll return to my 'baby Monkey' socks and 'twist rib' baby hat i'm making for susan's (my stepdaughter) friend who just had a baby boy. one sock is finished, but 3-6 mo size looks huge!

my shihTzu, Wrigley, just brought me a throw pillow from across the great room that is as big as she is!!  if i could have frozen a moment in time, that would have been it!  with her little tail waggin' and rearend wiggle as she was pushing the pillow across the tile floor!!  just a priceless moment in my memory now!! of course, this is all because g'pa just got home and she gets so excited!  this morning she literally 'drug' him by the corner of his robe thru the house...she is reverting to her olde 'puppy' play!!  and she is a strong dog, just having reached her 1st birthday July 28!  we went for a walk last night and just made it back to the house before the menacing clouds let loose with the rain!  she's a great walker...brisk, fast pace that i have to keep up with!!

i just emailed a few classmates from my graduating class that were included in the set of pics sent to me from the reunion this summer that i could not attend.  i only recognized a FEW folks, many more were 'strangers' to me!! it will be great to renew a few friendships from my hometown.  i hope a few of them are on Facebook too.

i am on a yarn budget this year...knitting from my stash w/o buying new yarn.  i'm doing pretty well at getting my baskets of yarn condensed.  i finished a baby blanket out of Wiggles (white acrylic with pastel thread loops throughout).  the neighbor down the street has a nanny who i've met recently while she waits for the school bus to drop off her 2nd child she is nanny to.  her last day was last friday as she is expecting her 1st child this winter!!  so i ran into the house and grabbed the blanket and it was her 1st baby blanket gift!!  it felt good to give!! 

i finished painting two steel doors in the garage.  the one into the house shows all the brush strokes, so may need some touchup.  i was hurrying too much to get done... ;-(


^)^ hawknitr

Monday, September 19, 2011

... a simple knitting blog ...

~it is a simple & gold since i live in "HAWKEYE" country! 

~i am a daily visitor to and       ~i had a blog on my mchsi email before we moved, but cannot access the dashboard to keep it going, so started this new one!  you can still view it:  called ~ g'ma's grapevine ~  

~i knit everywhere ... in public, in private, and take it with me always! it's so much more travel-friendly than my quilting was.  i am obsessed with lace: shawls/stoles, socks, curtains, sweaters(baby & adult), hats/scarves are some of my projects. i also love fairisle(2/multi-color) Christmas stockings...i made one for each of my 6 g'kids several years ago.

~my obsession with knitting is shared with my knitting budde, CINDY, whom i try to knit with at least once a week during her lunchhour.  it's handy that there is a little yarn shop, Home Ec, just a block away from her office!!! she is my 'bkff' ~ best knitting friend forever!!  

~my little 4-legged companion, Wrigley (a brown,white,black shihTzu) sits with me while i knit.  since i am retired from band-directing(33 yrs) i have a LOT more time to spend on my obsession!

~my husband, TERRY, is really understanding, but i doubt he really understands this obsession with creating something artistic, the challenge of figuring out a lace pattern, the perseverence it takes from beginning to end of a project, the joy of gift-giving, & lastly, that i like to keep my hands busy!!  (i used to play instruments along with all my band lessons when i taught!)  since terry is a avid sports-minded retiree from teaching/coaching/principaling we watch a LOT of sports!  GREAT KNITTING TIME!!!    


^)^ hawknitr
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