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Arctic glaciers, such as this one in Russia’s Novaya Zemlya archipelago, have captured the attention of scientists who are trying to understand how they melt and flow. Photo: DigitalGlobe via Getty Images
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The United States Navy operates on the front lines of climate change. It manages tens of billions of dollars of assets on every continent and on every ocean. Those assets—ships, submarines, aircraft, naval bases, and the technology that links everything together—take many years to design and build and then have decades of useful life. This means that the navy needs to understand now what sorts of missions it may be required to perform in 10, 20, or 30 years and what assets and infrastructure it will need to carry out those missions. Put another way, it needs to plan for the world that will exist at that time...

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Forest Reinhardt and Michael Toffel, Harvard Business School professors, talk about how a giant, global enterprise that operates and owns assets at sea level is fighting climate change—and adapting to it. They discuss what the private sector can learn from the U.S. Navy’s scientific and sober view of the world. Reinhardt and Toffel are the authors of “Managing Climate Change: Lessons from the U.S. Navy” in the July–August 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review...

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It’s no mystery why the stretch of America’s heartland from Iowa to Texas became known as Tornado Alley. Every spring, twisters up to two-and-a-half miles wide—wider than Manhattan—churn across flat fields, open roads and, typically, sparsely populated towns, causing hundreds of millions of dollars of property damage each year...

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Tarhapiiskut ovat parhaimmillaan kerättäväksi värjäykseen, vaikka olen minä kerännyt piiskuja jo ennen kukintaakin ja silloinkin niistä tulee ihan hyvä keltainen.
Viime viikolla sain myös ystävältäni reilun kilon nuoria karhunkääpiä (Phaeolus schweinitzii), joista tulee myös hyvä kullankeltainen. Muualla päin Suomea on satanut tänä kesänä kuulemma ihan hyvin, mutta täällä lounaiskolkassa on ollut keskikesä hyvin kuivaa, ja vasta nyt tullut joitakin sateita. Edes samettijalkoja ei ole  noussut, mutta  nuo karhunkäävät olivat oikein kiva löytö:)

IN ENGLISH
Goldenrods are good for dyeing right now, though I have also dyed with goldenrod leaves before flowering and also they give good yellow.
Last week I got some young Phaeolus schweinitzii, dye fungi, from my friend, and also they give good golden yellow. In most of Finland it has rained this summer but here in south western part of Finland it has been dry most of the summer, only now there has been rain. I haven't even found any Tapinella atrotomentosa, but I'm so happy for these Phaeolus fungi:)



Yllä olevassa kuvassa on piiskuja sumakin juurella, oikealla näkyvä ohdakkeen kaltainen kasvi on liuskalääte, Serratula tinctoria, odottamassa keruuta värjäykseen. Sumakilla en ole (vielä) värjännyt, vaikka se on yksi parhaista tanniinin lähteistä.
Piiskuista riivin lehdet ja kukat irti kovista varsista ja käytän näitä värjäykseen suhteessa 500g/100g lankaa. Varsista ei tule paljoa väriä ja ne vain vievät tilaa kattilassa.

IN ENGLISH
In the picture above there are goldenrods, staghorn sumach, and the thistle-like flower on the right is sawwort, Serratula tinctoria, waiting for harvesting for dyeing. I haven't dyed with sumach (yet) though it is one of the best sources of tannin.
I use only leaves and flowers of goldenrods, not the hard stems which only take room in the dye pot, and don't give colour. I use leaves and flowers 500grams to 100grams of yarn.


Tässä on oikealla karhunkäävistä tullutta keltaista, 300g tuoreita karhunkääpiä/100g lankaa. Vasemmalla oleva vihreä on ensin värjätty indigolla siniseksi (harmaalle langalle), sitten puretettu alunalla ja nyt värjätty piiskuilla keltainen joka muuttaa sinisen vihreäksi. Värjään yleensä ensin sinisen ja vasta sitten puretan ja värjään päällevärjäykset, keltaisen tai violettia kokenillilla päällevärjäyksenä. Olen huomannut, että pääsääntöisesti väristä tulee parempi tai kirkkaampi näin värjättynä. Jos laitan ensin keltaiseksi tai punaiseksi värjätyn langan indigoliemeen, tuntuu kuin osa pohjaväristä häviäisi/muuttuisi. Monta vuotta sitten luin (Lilies), että värjäys kannattaakin tehdä ensin indigo ja sitten muut värit, ja kun muutin oman värjäykseni myös näin päin, niin olen ollut tyytyväisempi lopputulokseen. Nähtävästi indigoliemen voimakas emäksisyys vähentää puretuksen tehoa ja siksi puretus ja päällevärjäys on parasta tehdä jälkeenpäin. Catharine Ellis teki viime vuonna kokeiluja tämän asian tiimoilta, ja varsinkin selluloosakuiduilla oli selvä ero siinä miten päin värjäys oli tehty. Villalla ero ei ollut niin selvä.

IN ENGLISH
Here is yellow dyed with Phaeolus schweinitzii, 300g of fresh mushrooms to 100g yarn.
The green on the left was first dyed blue (on grey yarn), then mordanted with alum and now dyed yellow with goldenrods. I usually dye first blue and then mordant and over dye with yellows or if I want purple or lilac, with cochineal. I have noticed that I get better or brighter colour this way. If I put red or yellow yarn into the indigo bath, it seems as if some of the base colour disappears or becomes more muted. Many years ago I read (Lilies) that greens should be done first blue and then yellow, and when I changed my way of dyeing, I have been more pleased with the results. It seems that strong alkalinity of indigo bath damages the mordant already in the fibers. Catharine Ellis did some experiments about this last year, and especially with cellulose fibers it was clear to see that it is better to dye blue first. With wool the difference was not so clear.


Olen myös kerännyt raparperin siemenet talteen värjäystä varten. Ne antavat samoja värejä kuin raparperin juuretkin ja toisin kuin lehdissä, siemenissä ja juurissa ei ymmärtääkseni ole oksaalihappoa.

IN ENGLISH
I have harvested rhubarb seeds for dyeing later. They give same colours as rhubarb roots, and I believe seeds and roots don't contain  oxalic acid like the leaves do.


Piiskukattilan lämpimälle kannelle lensi häiveperhonen:)

The Purple Emperor butterfly came to rest on top of my warm pot with goldenrods.


Olen myös reilu viikko sitten värjännyt ensimmäisen kerran morsingolla tänä kesänä. Väristä tuli vaaleampi mitä odotin, ja luulen pilvisen kesän olleen syynä ettei väriainetta ollut vielä ehtinyt kertyä tarpeeksi. Katsotaan tuleeko kuun lopussa tummempaa, luulen niin.
Tänään ovat myös ensimmäiset väritattaret parhaillaan uuttumassa, nämä keräsin kasvihuoneesta sisältä, joten niille on ollut enemmän lämpöä kuin ulkona. Myöhemmin sitten lisää näistä värjäyksistä.

IN ENGLISH
A week ago I dyed with woad the first time this summer. The colour was paler blue than I expected, but I think this cloudy and cool summer is the reason, and by the end of the month there will be more indigo in the leaves.
Today I have also the first japanese indigo in the dye pot. These plants were grown in my greenhouse, so they have gotten more warmth than the plants outside. I will write more about these later.
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On August 15, Trump signed an executive order, repealing an Obama-era executive order that updated the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard for the first time in 37 years to require consideration of future flood risk when building or rebuilding with federal funds. With ample evidence that climate change puts federal (and other) infrastructure at risk, it is ultimately American taxpayers who will pay the price for building without regard to sea level rise and the impacts of increasing extreme weather...

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File photo shows the sun scorching the already cracked earth

 

NEW DELHI: Extreme weather events are costing India $9-10 billion annually and climate change is projected to impact agricultural productivity with increasing severity from 2020 to the end of the century...

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Leo Adley Dyson Sr: ‘Things don’t change much here.’ Photograph: Shannon Sims

 

The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change...

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When sea ice gets low, Pacific walrus populations head for land in what is known as a "haul out," like this one in Alaska in 2014. This year's haul out is the earliest recorded. Credit: Corey Accardo/NOAA

 

The 'haul out' of Pacific walruses along the Alaska coast is the earliest known and comes as global temperatures and loss of sea ice near records...

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Road to ruin? … labourers at work on the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah causeway in Kuwait City in February. Photograph: Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty

 

Malls and office complexes continue to spring up in Kuwait City, built by migrants often working illegally in soaring temperatures. But as oil and water reserves dwindle, the energy-guzzling citystate heads for an existential crisis...

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everything is post-poned
seems stressa is as stressed
about to day as I could be.
we are just so opposite.
"<~>" introvert "<@>" extrovert
it's in repayment for M's helping them.

the latest stripes on the runway
I love seeing the variations created
by all the designers. fat stripes skinny stripes.
"https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/trend-report-vertical-stripes/"
some of these are hilarious.
others I can see actually wearing.
it's like everyone will be barcode people.
I wonder if strips would work as a form of camouflage
you can't see me and focus and kill me.
or would they be shot first as a form of protest
paintball splats on stripes.

stripes with spots, sequin stripes
I liked the flowers on the strips
this coat is divinely constructed.
ZAC-Zac-Posen well tailored long coat
i'd like to make these
Mara-Hoffman-Resort-2018 farmers pants
I wonder if I have any fabric that would do.
I like the blue with the dark grey.

knit strips going across
are a lot easier to make than verticle
I need a ball of yarn for each and you need to twist
so they don't form a slit

I'd noticed this dress monday.
the original caption I saw for these said these were knit
but the red is zig zagged on the fold.
the fabric looks woven it might be wool
alexander McQueen sewn strips on folds red on greyblack
red on sewn  on white alexander McQueen fall 2017
"Http:www.livingly.com" has details too
just the way style.com did before vogue bought it
there's so much to see in the details.

the lines would really change on different bodies
expanding on bumps and curves-
some could hilarious,.

in the past I would have said certain bodies should avoid
certain things/patterns but now I'm more inclined to think
if you like something, wear it.
but it is best that if fits without the body trying to escape.
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It has been a week. It's been a busy week, but a week none-the-less.

We have Nico this weekend because Jenna's gone to Florida to go get her dude and drive with him back so they can get Nico registered for school. School started a week and a half ago, but he couldn't be registered because the school district can't accept the notarized paper stating that Jenna lives in the house that doesn't have her name on it.

Weird, I know, the utility folks accepted it.

My meds have given me back my ability to eat. It's distressing because it's hard to feed yourself with a minimum of effort. I see a lot of oatmeal in my future. (It's easy to cook. It's easy to eat, especially if I put a glug of maple syrup in it.)

I did cookie balls so they can baked off at will and did up the five ingredient biscuits from Budget Bytes that require heavy cream instead of butter. They usually work pretty well. I like them. They're tasty and easy.

I have grapes, kiwi, a cantaloupe of some sort (it's got a fancy name), we'll have corn on the cob tonight and I need to figure out something for these beets.

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Despite saying that they won’t, it’s looking ‘increasingly likely’ that the EU commission will force its automakers to make a certain percentage of their fleet electric by 2030 at the latest...

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18 Aug 2017 12:40 am
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dream
British murder mystery
meh.

got the dishes done
and washed my hair

Not wanted to cut the cv pipes, yet.
so I wove on a child's chair frame instead.

round weaving, wis

close up of weaving

rug

pulled the fringe till it lay flat
and it turned square.
it shrank a lot.
the frame needs to be much bigger.

This the picture in a peice work magazine is
what got my focus on twined rugs-
the squares are unusual.
photo of unique twined rug by Lillie Sherwood

tomorrow we help stressa and kevin get a 2nd hand couch
then we have a feast.
should be interesting

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