Happy First Day of Spring! We had been so cold here in my area-low teens and 20's F in the evenings for over a week now and cold temps during the day as well. Today bright sunshine and we made it up into the 50's F. A pretty nice day for welcoming in Spring. A little warmer this week with lots of rain coming in.
Hoping those of you with all that snow will be seeing a melt off soon with warmer temperatures coming your way as well.
This post is also for T for Tuesday, where we visit with friends over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's with a drink related photo.
This past week-yep still spinning-smiles. Another skein of this pretty blended green and this blended blue. I am also working on more blues and yellows-oranges.
For this rauna project I need to work up a weaving sample with these bulky singles and decide what weight of warp yarn to use. I never sample any craft or art project I just jump in and do it, but this time I need to sample since the weights of the yarns will be so different. So I brought out my adorable little loom that Larry found at a garage sale many years ago. I have not used it in all these years as I was either too busy with working-before retirement-or into my other crafts-dyeing, paper making etc.
Isn't she too adorable? It's a shame I didn't find the time to use this already. This 4 harness loom was made in the 1920's-1930's and sold for around $10.00 back then including some accessories. Larry thinks he only paid around $20.00 for it at a garage sale, and it is in very good shape.
The reed is rusty as you can see but everything works and in good condition. I found a Facebook group for these little looms so was able to ask questions about taking the reed off of it's frame so I can clean it. That was a big help for us-to know about it-as it has springs to watch for so not to lose them, I also would like to buy another size reed-this one is 15 ends (slots) per inch which is pretty fine, and I would like to buy a size 12-12 ends per inch. I located a business that makes reeds-costly but good to know. For the heck of it I looked on Ebay in case there could be a reed for sale-but instead I found several of these looms that were not as nice as mine starting at $300.00 on up-craziness.
Your little loom is very adorable. I bet it will be fun to play with. Your yarns are coming out beautifully. I just love the blue. And I've never made corned beef and cabbage. My husband always says no, don't make it. So I don't. But I do love your idea of making an upside cake. It looks yummy. I am going to have to make one of those. Happy spring to you Kathy, and happy T day too. Hope it warms up for you. hugs-ErikaReplyDelete
Thank you, Larry finds the coolest things for me at garage sales-many things for my weaving and spinning especially. I think I need to decide on a name for this little loom I am thinking perhaps after my late sister-Betty LouDelete
Oh that's sad your husband does not like corned beef-we really like the meal, and I had never heard of the sandwiches til I married my husband.
this upside down cake was really delicious and very moist. Happy T
My knitting side jumped out at all that beautiful yarn. I could almost squish it from here. Hope to see how you are using it as time goes on. Wonderful mix of earthy tones.ReplyDelete
thank you so much, there are allot off knitters in my spinning group on facebook.Delete
Wow on your yarn. The cake looks yummy.ReplyDelete
thank you so muchDelete
Happy first day of spring, Kathy! Your yarns are gorgeous! I would grade you with a big ten on this project. And, on the cake too! It looks so yummy! Mary @ Hilltop PostReplyDelete
thank you Mary-hugsDelete
Your yarns are looking really great. I love the green one..simply gorgeous. Upside down cake looks tender and very yummy, Kathy.ReplyDelete
Good morning, thank you so much Angie-the cake turned our really good-3 pieces leftDelete
Larry sure had a "golden hand" with the loom, as we say. I look forward to see the outcome!ReplyDelete
I must admit I never heard of the food you mention. Is it some kind of a sandwich?
Love your lake-cup! (but in a minute will make a hot tea, it´s way too cold for Spring).
With that, happy T-day and hugs to you and the lake!
the reubin is a cornbeef sandwich-it has cheese-sauerkraout, thousand island dressing and the sliced cornbeef and then grilledDelete
I fell in love with this lake cup too-I bought 4 cups in two different blue colors I wish it had a lid though but I love them Happy T
Wow, your yarn is gorgeous, great yard sale find (amazing actually), and your cake looks and sound heavenly! YUM. Super drink too. Fun things going on in your busy and very cool life on the lake, Kathy. Happy T-day and hugz!ReplyDelete
thank you, my husband has found the neatest things at garage sales over the years-a 45 inch vintage rug loom-which I had to sell when we moved to the lake, the spinning wheel which I am going to try again soon and cast iron pieces that I love and use. we used to go to allot of garage sales, estate sales etc-that was always fun to doDelete
This has been a rough winter and then a very cold March today starts lots and lots of rain so I am happy to be playing with fibers now Hugs Happy T
Have fun working on your little loom, it really is a vintage treasure. I love the greens and blues you are using. And your food always looks wonderful, I am sure I can smell that wonderful cake! Have a great week, happy T Day ans happy Spring, hugs, ValerieReplyDelete
Good morning Valerie, this little loom is the cutest thing can't wait to weave on it soon. I am sooo happy with this cake we will have a piece for breakfast this morning Happy TDelete
We're to start? The green colors are so lovely and up lifting this time of year. Corn beef and cabbage us a favorite for me not my husband. Your cake idea sounds so delicious!ReplyDelete
Good morning, I think corn beef is something people either really love or not. I had never heard of it before I got married-something I never had at home growing up. I didn't know about the sandwiches either-but so good.Delete
I am so happy with this cake Happy Spring
I am so impressed with that loom. So glad you decided to not just jump in making that poncho. Too many beautiful colors (blues and greens) to mess it up. That loom looks great for the cost. Your husband got a steal, I suspect. I hope you find a replacement for the reed in a size you prefer.ReplyDelete
I have never had corned beef and cabbage and probably never will. I'll have to take your word that it's good. Love that mug and so glad you shared it, the wine, your skeins of yarn, the loom, and your sandwiches with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kathy.
Thanks Elizabeth, doing a sample is a good idea for weaving a project that you are not following a pattern for-this little loom will be fun to use.Delete
I did find a company that makes the reeds and they will make one for this small loom-but it will be $50.00 plus shipping.
Happy Spring and T
My mother used to make corned beef and cabbage, and I never liked it lol Your upside down cake looks like a real treat :) Happy T Tuesday!ReplyDelete
allot of people do not care for it, My Mom never made it so I had never heard of it before. Happy TDelete
Kathy all your food always looks so good!!! I always say i'm going to make corned beef and cabbage for St Patty's and never do because i'am the only one who would eat it.. I've tried it out a few times but they never make it the way i remember it when i was a kid.. ah well.. Your Rueben's look good too!! I was so disappointed when Schlosky's Restaurant stopped selling them during the pandemic.. and they haven't brought them back.. Just love those greens! Can't wait to see wait to see what you make!! Happy T day! Hugs! debReplyDelete
Hi Deb, I don't like corn beef either at a restaurant unless it is in a sandwich and then I would have to find it on gluten free bread-better to make it at home. There is a resturant near us that Larry loves their reubens-but they are very expensive now.Delete
I am having fun blending the fibers and then spinning them, am anxious to get this little loom set up-that will be fun too smiles Happy T and Happy Spring
The loom sounds like a great find. We have corned beef on St. Patrick's Day. Himself doesn't like cooked cabbage so just carrots and potatoes with the corned beef. Oh, and an Irish soda bread, too. Happy T DayReplyDelete
oh yum Irish soda bread sounds good with this dinner, I have not made this bread in long while-I even found a gluten free version last time I made someDelete
Happy Spring and T
Your loom looks great - how fun that Larry could find that some time ago. I think you will like working with it. Your yarn looks lovely, great colors. I have never made corned beef and cabbage and I don't think I ever will. Delicious looking cake! I like the idea of using the peach juice instead of water.ReplyDelete
Hi, yes this little loom will be fun to work with.I know many do not like corn beef but it is a nice treat for us-it is rather salty though.Delete
thanks I liked using the peach juice too instead of water and I also used olive oil instead of butter-really kept the cake moist longer-as gf cakes tend to dry out pretty fast Happy T and Happy Spring
It is amazing that Larry paid only $20.00 for your adorable loom. Your sandwich looks good. I have a George Forman grill that you close the lid, and it weights the sandwich down. Love making grilled meat or cheese sandwiches on there. Happy t day.ReplyDelete
Cute loom, and a great buy!ReplyDelete
The cake looks delicious. Blueberries and peaches sounds good.
Warm up and rain here as well with a few snoflakes in the firecast later this week.
winter doesn't want to let go in many places, we are warmer today but cloudy and humid. happy SpringDelete
LOVE that gorgeous blue! Nope -- no corned beef and cabbage for me. At least, no cabbage! I gave up on cooking the corned beef -- it always seemed too tough -- and stick with good corned beef sandwiches, courtesy of deli meat!ReplyDelete
I sent you an email on how I cook mine always delicious and tenderDelete
This is a fabulous post. You yarn is just so pretty and what a find on the loom. Can't wait to see your project. Not my type of sandwich but it does look good. Also that cake looks too good to ear. A work of art. LO Have a nice day.ReplyDelete
Good morning and thank you Nicole. I was really smiling when I flipped over this cake-so pretty and tasted really good too I ate the last piece this morning Happy SpringDelete
Oh dear friend-I am so late in commenting and in replying to your letter and postcard! I keep thinking of writing to you-and then the day just goes by... I LOVE your yarn colors! How gorgeous. And your food-always so delicious looking. I can't wait to see how the weaving goes. We are losing our snow-but it's slow to warm up. It's spring though, and the birds are singing. Love to you!ReplyDelete
Love and hugs back to youDelete
Our birds are really singing here too-hoping the snow gets melted and you don't get any more til next winter.
Gorgeous wool colours. Looking forward to seeing what you make with it! Your food looks delicious - my youngest enjoys a reuben sandwich when we go Moose Coffee for lunch! Belated Happy T Day, hugs, ChrisxReplyDelete
thank you much, I just the new green in today for spinning-so pretty probably won't get to weaving til fall or winter-I have a project on the loom already I need weave off. we love a good reuben hugsDelete
Dear Kathy, your upside down cake with blueberries and peaches looks soo yummie, I'll steal a little piece, okay? 😉ReplyDelete
Your woolly project is getting huge, but I think it's going to be awesome! The wool looks so pretty. Now you're also weaving with that cute old loom, which was a real bargain - I'm very excited to see what happens next.
All the best and have a nice weekend!
Hugs, Traude 😘
Good morning, this upside down cake was very delicious-yes I would share if you were near by. Hope to be weaving on the little loom soon hugsDelete
Kathy you are so amazing...gorgeous yarn friend. Wondering what you will be creating with those lovely colors. Sounds to me like Larry got you a great bargain on that loom. My hubby adores reubens and your picture makes me think I need to make a gluten free version for him. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Hugs!ReplyDelete
Hi there are some pretty good gluten free breads available now-I gave up trying to bake them-didn't always turn out very good. Happy new week hugsDelete
It's exciting with your weaving yarn and the little old loom... my husband recently bought an old lathe and is very enthusiastic... I'm already looking forward to your next steps.ReplyDelete
The cake is great... I think I'll bake today too. Have a nice weekend.
Enjoy the relaxed doing Viola
In our younger years we bought so many wonderful items from resale shops and estate sales-fun to do too as you never knew what treasure one would fine-hugsDelete