I'm sure that if you are familiar with my knitwear design, you know one of my favorite colors to use is a lovely chartreuse color which I have always called Lady's Mantle. It is named after one of my garden plants (latin name Alcemilla Vulgaris) and you can read about it here. All herbal lore aside - I just love the color of the flowers and the shape of the leaves. In the morning, I find dew drops on the leaves but in the photo, that is rain. Lady's Mantle is a great color to use in bits and pieces to make other colors pop and if you are brave, it is a rich, solid color. The swatch here is from a sweater I did for Vogue Knitting (Winter 2003) which was photographed in another favorite color - French Pumpkin. You can find that turtleneck pullover on the knitwear page of my website.
We're having lots of rain in western Massachusetts. We need it because the snowfall was so low. It is quite dreary, not what one usually expects in June. The sheep have long fleeces and they can't get dry. Another amazing sheep fact for farm newbies is that sheep can get footrot if there is too much moisture in the ground. We've got a bunch of limping animals; once the rain goes away, they will be fine in a day or two.
I'm off to the "big show" in Indianapolis tomorrow - TNNA. There I will be showing my new colors of Julia to all the local yarn stores who visit the Nashua Handknits booth. I have also been working on new stitchery kit designs for JCA. There has been a lot of late nights stitching. The biggest conundrum I have is my wardrobe. My regular feeding chickens and sheep clothing is a bit different than what the yarn stores expect to see me in. I don't want to waste any money on clothes I will never wear again. I'm just hoping it isn't too hot and I can wear some of my favorite black wool separates.
If you're a yarn store owner, be sure to stop by the Nashua Handknits booth. I'll be there in the morning and afternoon. It will be exciting to meet some new and enthusiastic retailers, authors, and designers. I have only been to this show once in the seven years since I began my freelance career and it will be fun to see how things are changing for the better.
I'll take my digital camera and post some pics next week.