Friday, December 18, 2015

What's In a Name?

A collection of Rodeo Knits finished projects
Today I grabbed a hat a recently finished and a favorite scarf on my way to work. The temperature finally dropped below 40° and forecasted to stay there. You don't know how long I've been waiting! It's the end of December and I should have been wearing hats and scarves already!

This new hat... oh, you're going to love it. I used Miss Babs' Kunlun DK in Coos Bay, an awesome light gray/blue color and it shines. It's all knits and purls, with some twisted knit stitches for textural contrast. The silk content in Kunlun DK makes the twisted stitches pop even more because they catch the light differently.

But the biggest problem is what the heck do I call it? Everything has to have a name!

Names are super important. You have a name, I have a name. I have several names really, depending who I'm talking to. Fortunately, I haven't had to name anything as important as a pet. Or a kid. I mean, that's forever and they might resent you later. Especially the kid. A knitting pattern is a little easier to name but for me, still super complicated.

I guess I could call it "DK Weight Hat With Knits, Twisted Knits and Purls" but that doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.

Several years ago when I decided I'd get more serious with designing, one of my favorite knitters suggested a series of names that I've since expanded on and adopted for all of my patterns. If you look back through my catalog, you can almost pinpoint exactly when it started and when something is designed by me but published by a third party (they don't follow the same "rules).

So for most of my patterns, the naming goes like this:
  • Scarves/cowls/shawls/miscellaneous neckwear accessories: West Virginia streets and city districts
  • Hats: West Virginia state and national parks
  • Sweaters: West Virginia rivers and lakes
  • Other knitwear: randomly West Virginia related name

Do you see a theme? I officially adopted West Virginia as my home state when I finally decided I'd probably live here for a long time. The size and speed is just right for me. Culture could use some work but if you abandon everywhere for a bad culture without working to change it from the inside, you'll never settle anywhere.

So the new hat will definitely be something state or national park related. It may be a feature in the park, a peak or lodge or ski run. It's also a way to share West Virginia with knitters from around the world.

On a side note, after I decided to take this type of naming convention, I learned that one of my favorite retailers does the same thing! Check out all about IKEA's names in this post on Buzzfeed. (Also, I love gifs of people showing emotion. They make me happy!)