But I did sneek a peek at some of the shade cards, along the way. I was looking for the shade card for Jaeger Naturgarn, and found it in a binder of shade cards issued by Jaeger in 1979-80.
I remember knitting a Patricia Roberts design, Cream of the Crop, in the 1970s, in cream Naturgarn for the cables and welts and white mohair for the rest. I wanted to check that my memory is correct, and it definitely is Naturgarn - the colour is called Polar.
And in the same binder was a shade card for Jaeger Gabrielle - I never bought any of it, but the ads were very memorable. (So memorable that I can recall them after all this time.)
|Jaeger Gabrielle ad|
Shade cards - the proper ones with samples of the actual yarn, and not just photos of yarn - can be really attractive, with lovely colour ranges. The names are very evocative, too: Wildwood, Glade, Autumn, Brick. Some are a bit puzzling, though - why 'Ellesmere' (the name of a town and lake in Shropshire) for a cream/pink/light brown mix in Naturgarn?