Finally! We have had no moisture for weeks and it's winter - this is when we get our water. It's rained over the past two days and is supposed to continue for several more. Desert plants draw from humid air and even though nothing is growing yet, the rain has made the plants appear brighter. I counted at least a dozen different shades.
You can see the potential green at the base of the sage plants. I think it's because the desert palette is restricted that the spring wild flowers are so spectacular. I just wish I were able to mix dyes predictably enough to emulate these shades. This would be a great "squadgie" color pathway - swamp colors Suefleen calls them. I'm spinning this pathway right now, but it's from Mim. She said when she was dyeing this roving, that she thought of me.
The dogs and I had a dampish walk this morning and it was absolutely wonderful. They only needed a quick towel-down and were house ready. How lucky for me that this beautiful day is also my day off.
Eddie elected to take Ian's path. Alexia always takes it because it's "cute" - besides, she says, it's "shortew." I take the long way because, doggone it, if I'm out for a walk, I want it to count for exercise. Cute paths don't count as exercise.
The bags are done. The two on the left are natural dyes and the two on the right are acid dyes, except the light top of the right bag. That's white border leicester that I blended with snippets of sari silk. Click for big to see how well it felted. I'm very disappointed that the cochineal and rabbitbrush bag looks like something from the Marine Corps. I think it would have worked had I not added the cochineal band on top. Very disappointing.
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