Snickerdoodles Loaf

(Original photo credit: Melissa Brisko)

By popular request here is the recipe for a Snickerdoodle Loaf. I found it in the Texas Co-op Power magazine, issue April 2018. pp. 31-32. Paula Disbrowe is the food editor at that publication.


2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract

Cinnamon Sugar

3 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sliced almonds


1. Batter: preheat oven to 350 deg F. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon. ( I sifted it in).

3. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sour cream, yogurt ( I used my homemade) and extracts and beat until well-combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the batter just comes togeth…

Sunrise on a new loom

A sunrise is a beautiful thing, and recently they have been on my mind a lot. While at camp I easily see the sunrise each day. As the time to head back home approaches, I really miss my sunrise time. The above image is from the Arizona desert, but the colours really impressed me.

 An early season sunrise is portrayed in this photo taken at camp. You can see snow on the ground. And there is always a difficulty in taking good sunrise photos there, because the forest is still dark and the pictures generally come out underexposed. But you will find some nicer sunrise pictures on this blog if you search for them.

When it came time to think about what to do with the very plain wood of this new-to-me loom, I still had sunrise on the brain. This is the Rio Grande Kit Loom, or Rio Grande Walking Loom.

Since I bought it I have sanded it twice and stained it twice with the two shades of aniline dyes. There is one coat of a clear polyurethane on top.

I used a shade called yellow-gold-orange and …

Barbed Wire Rug

First I need to show off a little bit of organizing that I did. A friend of mine, BD, spotted this gridwall stand in a resale shop and commented on how it would be handy for storing coned yarns. I agreed and asked the shop owner for the price. He had to look into it, but in a few days got back to me. It came with 19 hooks, and I was able to buy the correct ones from Uline. 
After this photo was taken I completed loading up the whole thing. Both sides are full. Previous to using this rack, the majority of the cones were in underbed storage totes. And because I did not buy this yarn, but got it with looms that I bought, I had no real recollection of what I had. 
Now that I can see the cones I am dreaming up new ideas for them all the time. I love it! So thank you BD. 

 These two photos show a weft floats scarf that I made up as a sample for a rigid heddle weaving class. The pattern is a free one from Purl Soho. I used a skein of sock yarn that I got from my friend ML. It is merino and …

Fibre equipment migrations in full swing

This week has seen a lot of fibre equipment shifting around throughout the Hill Country. Just my part in this was considerable.

First of all I facilitated the selling of a spinning wheel with a large amount of associated gear. Plus the same buyer took a motorized drum carder, with three drums! And there were nice Russian paddle combs in the kit too.

I had the pleasure of delivering this full truck load from my home town to San Angelo. She maintains a spinner's flock of fibre animals and it was really fun to see the variety. And great to visit with three spinner friends in that city. A great day was had.

And just today I returned from a double header. I purchased a used Rio Grande Kit Loom, which is a type of walking loom. It is a loom that was designed by Rachel Brown and Ron Moore in New Mexico. The original owner may have bought it in 1991. And the second owner bought it in '96.

Here is what it looked like in the seller's home.

In this photo the back warp beam and braces…

The Lithuanian Sash Rug

Both sides of this completed rug are displayed here. And both sides can be used. It is about 6 feet long with a linen warp and wool weft. The linen is only visible at the ends where I tied fringe.

We drove to the San Saba River where I took these pictures. Normally by now the land is greening up, but due to drought conditions all is still grey and beige,

I think you can see where I got my inspiration for the colours of this winter rug.

I am not sure yet where I will use this rug. Maybe it will travel to Canada. I made it on my Harrisville Rug Loom with the shaft switching device.

Tail Spun

The mohair locks are being flicked open at the cut end. I try to have them arranged close to my Lendrum wheel, with the flicked end to the left.

 On the floor between the treadles I have a cone of commercially spun mohair yarn. This is the core for the new yarn I am making. It is working out very well, because it is a grippy yarn.

I hold the flared base of the lock against the spinning core and it attaches quickly. Soon the tip of the lock flips itself away from me, toward the orifice, which is good. I stop the spinning, or slow down significantly, and grab the next lock and repeat. Each one overlaps a little bit with the previous one. They are attached snuggly.

 This large ball is about 6 yards of completed tail spun yarn. This is a very labour intensive yarn to make. If I ever plan to sell anything made from this yarn, I guarantee it will not be cheap.

 On the bobbin, the yarn appears very unruly. But it is not very difficult to deal with. I do have to wind on by hand quite often …

Hot Mess

Well we actually had a little bit of winter here in central Texas. It's over and we survived. Ha ha. The Bluebonnet Special has been initiated with coatings of ice, but we are back from the car wash and the days are sunny now.

So what have I been up to, now that the days are getting longer? A fair bit. I think all the same projects as before, plus a couple of new things have arisen.

 This deliciously dyed pile is a bunch of mohair locks. It has been patiently waiting in my spinning hutch for a very long time.

 Yesterday it made friends with some carbonized bamboo that I was playing with, The colour is a very dark charcoal grey. Much too dull for this mermaid.

 The result of their union is "Hot Mess". This is a tailspun yarn, with an invisible binder of very thin monofilament. It was a cheerful spin on a cheerful sunny day.

 When I weave with this yarn the loose ends of the locks will hang provocatively from the fabric. I am not sure yet of the project, but probably a sca…