The Naming of Yarns SOLSC 9

9 Mar

The Naming of Yarns is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a yarn must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. (apologies to T. S. Eliot)

During the yarn crawl, I allowed myself a fixed amount of money with which to buy some yarn. Most of the yarn is for me, I think, though some of  it might become someone’s Christmas present. For the neophyte knitter, yarns can be overwhelming.  A knitter begins with the weight of the yarn. The weight you choose is usually determined by what you want to make. The pattern you choose usually indicates what this should be but there is some wiggle room, if you know what you are doing.

And then we come to the naming. First, there is the brand name. The second name comes belongs to weight and/or fibre blend. The third name is the color, and like Crayola Crayons, these rage from ordinary to whimsical, to esoteric. All the yarn I bought during the Yarn Crawl is fingering weight far, appropriate for socks, shawls, gloves… Here’s what I bought:

1. Brand Name: Bumblebirch    2. Name/fibre:  Heartwood (75% superwash merino/25% nylon)          3. Color: Hellebore

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1. Brand Name: Blue Moon Fiber Arts    2. Name/fibre:  Socks  that Rock (100% superwash merino)       3. Color: Pirate’s Booty

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1. Brand Name: Blue Moon Fiber Arts    2. Name/fibre:  Socks  that Rock (100% superwash merino)      3. Color: Dixie Chick

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1. Brand Name: Blissful Knits   2. Name/fibre:  Platinum Sock (55% SW Bluefaced Leicester/45% silk)      3. Color: Enchanted Afternoon

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1. Brand Name: Black Trillium Fibres    2. Name/fibre:  Lilt Sock(85% superwash merino/ 15% Mulberry Silk)      3. Color: Butter Beer

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1. Brand Name: Three Irish Girls   2. Name/fibre:  Adorn Sock (80%  merino/20% nylon))                         3. Color: Mairin

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7 Responses to “The Naming of Yarns SOLSC 9”

  1. Ramona March 9, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Such fun with words! My favs – Enchanted Afternoon and Pirate’s Booty. Love your term yarn crawl.

  2. elsie March 9, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    Not being a knitter, I found your post highly enlightening. I have friends who knit, so now I can use my name knowledge to add to the discussion (should the topic of yarn come up). Hellebore is my favorite color, but I love the name Enchanted Evening.

  3. adriennewiley March 9, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    What an inspired use of pictures to support your writing – and what beautiful yarns!

  4. Jaana March 9, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Absolutely beautiful yarn with such whimsical color names! “Butter Beer” and “Enchanted Afternoon” are my favorites!

  5. Tara Smith March 9, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Beautiful colors and lovely names. You make me wish I could knit!

  6. Linda Baie March 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    So, so beautiful. I just dropped in at a craft shop to see if they had any weaving tools & no, they didn’t, but they did have wonderful yarn, so I bought a new green, named “Bosque” from Lion Brand-nice and thick and multi-hued. We could have a good time going together! I hope you share what you make too!

  7. lromainebrown March 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    This post has got lots of things I like: merino wool, gorgeous dye colors, and nerdy words at play.
    Bumblebirch. Black Trillium.
    Fun!

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