The Name Game

Sometimes I get really stuck on a name for a yarn I make. The yarn will instantly remind me of something and BOOM…I can’t think of anything else. And I’m not saying it’s necessarily a bad thing to go with the obvious choice, but sometimes I desire something more unique for a colorway I really love. Something a little more special.

Such was the case with this. My very first thought… BOOM… Rose Garden. It’s almost a perfect description and therefore, I naturally wanted to think of something more outside the box. Second thought…BAM…Watermelon. Again, it’s the obvious choice, but lacking the uniqueness I was in the mood for. (Plus I have another skein I’m thinking should be Watermelon, or something close.)  I couldn’t seem to get these two ideas out of my head so I did something I always have fun with, and threw the picture up on FB and asked for suggestions.  (PS, I have my own Mustard Seed Yarn Lab Facebook page now, if you didn’t know already. Feel free to head over there and LIKE me.  🙂

The ideas came fast and furious. I laughed when Alissa also suggested Rose Garden, but then said that was probably too obvious….it’s like she reads my mind! And then came all the Watermelon suggestions…Watermelon Swirl, Watermelon Tourmaline, Seedless (so creative!!!), Rind and All, Melon Sorbet and Twisted Melon. Some of these ideas came from Breida with a b. putting out the call for help on her own FB page (check out her page for a beautiful and inspiring blog!).  And then there’s Kate D. who ALWAYS comes up with something fun and unique for me….this time her thoughts of Christmas inspired her with You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out and Triple Dog Dare. HA!! I love them both!  My cousin Tricia obviously was in need of a drink when she thought of Poinsettia Champagne or Peppermint Martini. Mmmmmm. And how cool is this? Tricia has friends in Italy who saw the  post and gave there own ideas….in ITALIAN…so I was lucky enough to get translations from Tricia and learned they offered Strawberry Sorbet and Unripe Blackberry. Then there were the more poetic suggestions…Now and Later from Denise or Remember Me Summer from Robin. My sister suggested Finnick, which I am totally going to steal for another colorway…maybe even do a few Hunger Games themed skeins. So, you are wondering what I have chosen after all these great ideas?

Well, after all that, my gut keeps telling me to go with my first choice, which was Rose Garden!! (Becky chose that one too.)  I know, I know…I said I wanted something less obvious, and I did, but in my head, I just couldn’t envision anything more perfect than Rose Garden, and heck, what’s so wrong with just going for the obvious every once in awhile?? It just seems to FIT so well. I know someone out there wants to smack me right now  🙂

Thank you for all the great suggestions and thought everyone put into helping me. I will need your help again, probably very soon.  And I’ll be putting up another post soon. I have a lot to talk about.




  1. ha! i still like Seedless!
    it’s gorgeous, by the way.
    what would I knit with this? i’m not up on all of the names of the weights of the yarns. . . is this for socks or scarves or what?

    • Danielle

      08.29.12 at 10:19 am

      Heehee…I really liked Seedless too! This is sock/fingering weight. It is very thin yarn, but not as thin as lace weight yarn. Sock yarn is my favorite weight to work with. It’s used for socks and shawls mostly, but I knit hats with it and gloves and fingerless mitts too. You could also knit a scarf with it, but that would take a very long time. The nice thing about it is that projects knitted with smaller yarn tend to have a more “store bought” look, rather than a chunky, hand-knit look. But you also have to use smaller needles…like size 1-3, and sometimes I feel like I’m knitting with toothpicks!

  2. I showed this to my Grand Daughter Hope figuring she would have a simple name for you from a 6 going on 16 year old perspective. She answered rather quickly. “Watermelon.” Then she turned to me and said “Doesn’t it look like a watermelon to you?” I said “Yes it does and I’ll let Aunt Danielle know.”

    • Danielle

      08.29.12 at 10:20 am

      Aww..tell Hope I do agree with her, and I plan on making this color again and then I will most likely call it a Watermelon name. Miss you guys!! Love you!

  3. I love the name and your story – I always wanted a pink rose garden, but a martini sounds better for now….

  4. I like Rose Garden too. No matter what you call it the colors are beautiful. There is something tickling around in my brain about “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet . . . ” 😀

  5. You know, you need to trust your intuition. Go with Rose Garden!

  6. Hey there Danielle, you know, I still have a photo of that ‘Rose Garden’ in my Etsy favorites but foolishly didn’t snap it up. That very skein was how I first explored your great shop. wow! and now here I am looking at your blog and there it is – geez! Just meant to be! :0

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