Monday, September 3, 2012

Five dollar loom

A while back my parents went to an auction sale for me. 

It was hard to tell them what I was willing to spend without seeing it in person.  The picture in the ads was not clear, but I thought I could tell it was a Union...

My dad is used to auctions... Bulls and heifers, but he knows when to bide his time :)

He sat back and waited when the auctioneer called for 100$. 

No bids.

He offered 5$ ~ They sold it to him for that, LOL.

Then it was up to him to get it out of the basement it had lived in since its delivery and assembly.

He found some young guys that were willing to help and after removing a bunch of parts and the stair railing, it came up and out of the dark.

I decided to leave her be, and just give her a good scrub and some oil.

I think I'll call her "Blue".

All the metal is a little rusty, but not bad. I haven't decided if I'll replace the canvas warp tethers... I might just take them off.  The hooks on the end are rusted through.  My other Union doesn't have them, so they aren't necessary anyway...

I'll probably put a warp of something dark on it and weave the rust away.  She's a sturdy little bugger tho!

The brake is of a different type of what I'm used to, so it's gonna take a bit of thinkin' when I do get to warping it.  It'll be fun, just not sure when I'll get to it!

I'm up to 3 functional floor looms.  Two Union 2 harness and a 4 Harness Newcomb.  There is a 6 harness mystery loom downstairs, but that need some major rehab.  Not sure of the future of that one.

Now I've just got to find the time and energy to get to weaving on them.

All for now,

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Seeing what's there

The girls have spotted something!

I like having them around to keep me aware of stuff~  I see their reactions and take the time to see what they are finding interesting :)

I zoomed in as far as possible, but they are a bit hard to see yet.  A family of Canada Geese has taken up residence in the pasture! 

Kept the girls enthralled for quite a while.

They missed this, tho....

Neighbor cows in my back yard.  Notice the close one?  She's looking in my basement window. 

I think they know they don't belong there.  I opened the door to ask them what the heck they were doing and they high tailed it outa there.

Cooper took up the chase in the front yard... until I called him off.  He's too dumb to know he can get kicked or stomped.  See the second cow? She's got her evil eye turned on, LOL. 

The LAST THING I should be doing is piecing quilt blocks...  but I am, and I just finished up the last of the Ohio Star blocks I'll need for my current project. 

I NEED to be doing so many other things!  Someone suggested that I should make a list to help focus what I need to get done.

Did that.

Now I'm even more depressed and overwhelmed!  Holey Moley. 

Makes a person want to just run away.

I'm gonna do that today.  To the South Dakota State Fair.

Just to see what's there.

All for now,