We are often asked why we named our Wool Shop Ammonite Yarns and this got me thinking about some of the great names for yarn colours. We've had some great examples come in today.
Our first delivery today was from Woolly Wumpkins. Michelle is our favourite indie dyer and today she brought in some new colours that she has created. Woolly Wumpkins yarns always have evocative names which really suit the colourways. Michelle and her family clearly spend a lot of time deciding on the names and which yarns they should be attached to. Two of my favourite names from today's batch are 'Our Precious Planet' and 'Kaleidoscopic Rainbow'. There may be squabbling over some of the colours -- knitting needles at dawn!
Our next delivery came from West Yorkshire Spinners who have released two new colourways in their Bo Peep range, 'Spellbound' and 'Lollipop'. It's fairly obvious why a baby/children's yarn would be called Bo Peep and most of the names in the range evoke childhood 'Splashtime', 'Carousel', 'Spacehopper' and 'Tin Man' for example (although that last name evokes musicals rather than children's playtime for me). The curious thing about WYS though, is that they spend so much time naming the colours for their different yarn ranges and then only put the colour number on the label!
And our name? It's a bit prosaic really. We needed a name beginning with A to get us to the top of our suppliers stockists list so we then brainstormed lots of names with that initial. Ammonites came up tops because they are favourite fossils with Ruth's children and can be found on our local South Wales beaches. Serendipity then stepped in as yarn is so so tactile and balls of wool are really very reminiscent of the shape of ammonites. We're very pleased with our name and quite enjoy it when some of suppliers get it wrong and call us Ammaknitty!
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