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Naming Things


A huge part of what I do in my yarn and fiber business revolves around coming up with names. Names for yarn bases. Names for colorways. Names for special coupon codes or snazzy sales. This in itself can be exhausting (I can’t imagine what Adam went through – naming all those animals) but when you add in the fact that the name should be somewhat appealing, descriptive, and easy to remember and spell, you have a recipe for a lot of hyperactive tension.

For instance, shall we look at a sample?

This might look familiar. It’s that beautiful fluffy green roving I mentioned a couple posts ago.
Now, how to go about coming up with a name for it. First up, the first few things that pop into my head. Lemongrass. Leaf bud. (Which tangents into Twigs and Twiggy.) Cucumber. Silver veil.

What on . . . .? Where did silver come from? I think it snuck in there because of the softness of the green. Rather like dew drops.

Well, I already have a lemongrasss in my store, and it’s a much yellower green than this, so that’s out. Leaf bud just doesn’t have a nice, aesthetic sound to it to me. (Everyone has a different opinion on this, which is what makes names so personality-filled.) But I do like the idea of a leaf bud. Some other ideas coming from that might be “tender.” Now, I like tender. We’ll just file that away and keep skimming.

Twig sounds cute, but could create issues with people visualizing vegetable matter in the roving. Otherwise I’d go with something like “Tender Twig.” But “Tender Cucumber” just sounds weird.

Leaves. . .Tender. . . Spring. Spring is a good word, and we’re getting close to Spring, but to me “Spring” is a much lighter green than this roving. (Maybe it I just wasn’t so picky we’d have this figured out by now.) Rain! Rain makes things darker and carries a sort of silvery conotation to it.

The final name? (After several days of not thinking about it.) “Spring.” Although now that I’m thinking about it again, “Spring Rain” would be a nice one, but that would call for blue. Or even “Budding Leaves.” But! It’s named, and we’re going to leave it. (For the sake of my sanity.)


I finally got this braid, and a couple others up in my store, so take a look and let me know what you think.

And. . . .

. . . A Happy New Year!

I’m excited.

Christmas Time is Here

Bonus points if you’re suddenly seeing the Peanuts cartoon.


New Look

As you have no doubt already noticed, Maiden Yarn has a spiffy new theme! Do let me know what you think.

A Good Book

Book cover
I recently was able to get a hold of Dyes From American Native Plants through an interlibrary loan. I was quite impressed by the number of plants they cover! The book is laid out very nicely with some basic dyeing methods in the front and a bit about the how dyeing works, then we get to the good stuff.

Pages and pages of colored chips showing the colors that can be attained, then lists of the plants and how to get the colors (which mordants to use, whether to use heat or decomposition)—all the nitty gritty details. Oh, and which part of the plant to use! I found that extremely helpful. It’s one thing to say, “silver maple makes X color,” but do you have to stuff the entire tree in the pot?

Then, after they go through by color, they go through again by plant. Most of the plants have a color photograph to help you recognize them. I personally wish they had listed the plants by region instead of just saying “this plant ranges from . . .” But the information is presented very concisely. It’s not at all a chatty book. Very straightforward, and it tells you what you need to know.

Shawl or Capelet

Setting aside the fact that I lost half of the crimson fiber due to my own mistakes, what was usable spun up into some rather pretty yarn.

The Crimson Yarn

The Crimson Yarn

I’d wanted to use it for a beautiful shawl. A shawl that requires five hundred yards. Mine spun up into just under two hundred. I guess that’s enough for a capelet, but I’d much prefer a bigger something. So now I have to decide whether to wash, dye, and spin some more wool in the “same” colorway, or just make something with this little amount. Considering how much colder it’s getting, I’d need to get the wool washed pronto. I don’t want to be outside pouring greasy water in the cold!

God is Good

Just as an update: I mentioned earlier that I was hoping to go to the SAFF. (It’s looking like I’ll get to go, which is a blessing.) And I had planned on saving up a certain amount of money to spend there, which was a big amount for me, but I didn’t know how far it would go. Without my asking Him, God has suddenly blessed me with an amount almost triple what I was planning to spend. (A quilt I had entered in a contest is what “produced” the prize money.) I’m so excited!

And, due to being asked, here is a picture of the quilt.

My Quilt

My Quilt

Vacation and The Beginning

It all started in my aunt’s living room. My family and I were on vacation, and we were coming up with different ideas for cottage industries that I might be able to do. My dad thought of weaving, since I liked yarn, and in the process of researching looms and whatnot, my wonderful aunt brought out a copy of SpinOff magazine. I was hooked.