Fall Drought

3 Oct

There is good news & bad new….

The indigos are going to seed in the irrigated garden, more indigo for next year….

  
 My yarns from Georgia Yarn Company are here to prep for my November guild natural dye class.  Silk, wool & cotton! http://www.handweaver.us/georgia_yarn_company.htm
 
I must be the only weaver to buy white wool from Southwest Weaving

 

Look at all her colors!

http://www.weavingsouthwest.com/shop/view_cat/76 

We’ve cut over to well water as our cistern is down significantly. We usually just need a brief rain to refill but there had been none since the May floods.  Walking around you can see the summer drought impact on our land.

Minimum acorn crop this year, last year one could see an abundance, this year only singles on the branches.  

And you can see the lack of moisture around the trees… Only .42 of rain since early June…

   
So…we are hopeful the El Nino will bring some rains in November and repenish the ground AND our cistern!

10 Responses to “Fall Drought”

  1. Liz October 3, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    It’s amazing, our property looked like this, too. We’re only 25 miles away, but we had a very localized five inch rain in mid-September and everything is green again.

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    • debmcclintock October 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      Yea…we are glued to the radar when rain is around us and watch enviously when it prances up I35 corridor!

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  2. shiborigirl October 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    here’s to El Niño!

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  3. Sandra Rude October 4, 2015 at 4:16 am #

    We have the same problem in California – trees suffering from lack of moisture, smaller crops of all fruits and nuts and acorns… And we have the same hopes for the El Nino rains. Let’s do the rain dance!

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  4. Roxanne Lasky October 7, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    I’m loaded with live oak acorns…SC…lots of rain. Is all that yummy yellow inside them the color of dye. I’ve been resisting the urge to try it.

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  5. sherriwoodardcoffey October 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Would you mind sharing which yarns you got from Georgia Yarn Company? Coincidentally, I looked at their page yesterday, and couldn’t decide about anything. By the way, I love the wool warp from Weaving Southwest!

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    • debmcclintock October 17, 2015 at 12:34 am #

      Sure! These are the yarns I am going to use for an upcoming San Antonio Guild dye workshop at my studio. We’ll use persimmon, madder root & lichens (all harvested here on our property) and do some over dying with indigo. If we have time we’ll do some iron also…

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    • debmcclintock October 17, 2015 at 12:36 am #

      And by the way, I’ve used the 20/2 silk many times for dyeing and it takes natural dye beautifully.
      1. Australian wool 2500 ypp
      2. 20/2 natural mulberry silk from India on cone
      10,000 yards per kilo
      3. Georgia Ring Spun (RS) 8/2 cotton on cone

      http://www.handweaver.us/georgia_yarn_company.htm

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      • sherriwoodardcoffey October 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

        Thank you. I’ve never dyed silk, but I’m wanting to. Just didn’t know which ones to try.

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      • debmcclintock October 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

        Sherri, I thought I had your email. Michael at Georgia Yarn knows what silk I’ve been dyeing. He can tell you. He can also mail you the samples to compare and look at weave size.

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