Le Couleur Des Vignes


It is a fact I don’t often bring up with folks, but I’ll whisper it here to you dear reader:

I see yarn and paint colors when I look at nature.

Case in point:


On a recent, perfect weather Saturday, my husband and I visited a local vineyard. I stepped out of the car into a world of gorgeous, bright, yellow green!


I saw Skip’s Green and Cascade’s Wasabi dripping, meandering, and soaring off the rows and rows of vines.

Glorious green!



Suffice it to say…we had a marvelous time, walking up and down the vines, tasting the wines of the Junius Lindsay Vineyard, listening to the live band Deluge. One of the band members played an awesome bass ukulele! (I do love ukuleles!)


I CANNOT WAIT to go back with my easel, paints, and yarns to capture more of this beautiful vineyard!

So I ask you…do you do this too? Do you see either yarn or paint colors when you look at nature? Do you find yourself thinking, “Oh there’s Lamb’s Pride Lotus Pink in that rhododendron? Or, here’s the loveliest cadmium scarlet rose ever!”

Surely it isn’t just me.

At least I hope not. 😉

P.S. My curiosity kicked in high gear when I noticed that there were rose bushes planted at the ends of every 2-3 rows of vines. You can see this in my drawing above and in the third photograph down. I wondered if this was purely for aesthetic reasons or if there was another thought behind this. Then, as I was watching my current favorite movie for the umpteenth time, A Good Year, I saw the roses, in full bloom, at the ends of the vines!! Why? Why?

My husband and I looked it up: apparently the rose bushes are like sentinels, standing guard over the vines. If there is a mildew, mold, or disease that might attack the vines, the roses will catch this before the vines do, signaling the disaster before it has a chance to do any permanent damage. C’est magnifigue!