What’s in a color? (Contest #4)

I’ve decided it’s time for a contest! (All the pictures in this post can be clicked to view a bigger copy.)

I recently completed a pair of socks with Trekking XXL in a lovely colorway, “76.” Well, I say that number leaves something to be desired. If a color number doesn’t have a corresponding name, then I usually come up with my own. But this time, I’ve decided to offer up a prize and see your suggestions. :)

To enter, leave a comment answering one (or more) of the following: What name would you give this specific Trekking XXL colorway? What do the colors remind you of? Does it bother you when shopping online if the yarn color only has a number? To help you, here are a few pictures:

Oh yes, and here’s the prize—one generous skein of handpainted Twinkletoes in Rosegarden (how’s that for a name?) from lotusblossom (eBay store: Over the Rainbow Yarns).

…I’ve already knit a pair of Pomatomus with the same colorway (but different skein), and the variegation is fabulous. See?

All comments will be assigned a number in the order they’re left and I will use a Random Number Generator to draw the winner. You have until midnight on Wednesday, February 28, to enter. Have fun!

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55 Responses to “What’s in a color? (Contest #4)”

  1. Opal Says:
    February 23rd, 2007 at 8:11 am

    How about Black Fire Opal? :-)

  2. stariel Says:
    February 23rd, 2007 at 8:35 am

    Hmm… I’m going to name it “Rainbow in the Dark”. :)

    I do like it when yarns have names for their colors and not just numbers, although if they company does have a number sometimes it’s easier to find the yarn that way. I think online stores make up their own names too. ;)

  3. Lisa Says:
    February 23rd, 2007 at 8:52 am

    How about Coffeelicious or Chocolate Truffles. Mmmm…I am making my self hungry. Love the socks!!!!

  4. Debra Says:
    February 23rd, 2007 at 9:09 am

    When I ordered this Trekking colorway from Germany I used babelfish to translate the name listed– and “berry” or “berries” populated.

    Although, the color reminds me of haircolor one would see while waiting in line at night outside of First Avenue! So, I’m going to re-name it “First Avenue Encounter”

  5. Guinifer Says:
    February 23rd, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Looks like “Banked Embers” to me…

  6. Nicole Says:
    February 23rd, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    1) Blackberry Wine

    2) It does bother me when there is only a number… at the same time, if the name is something like East Woods or Revere Beach – what does that mean?!?

  7. Chris Says:
    February 23rd, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Translucent Dreamtime. (Really, that makes no sense at all, does it?!) Strange that I actually do know the color numbers of Trekking that I have on hand and that I covet. LOVE 100. :)

  8. Susan Says:
    February 23rd, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Stormy Heather or Dark Rock Garden.

    I love the color, might go out and get me some!

  9. Megan Says:
    February 23rd, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Quiet Embers.

    Very nice colorway. :)

  10. Nicole Says:
    February 23rd, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    I’d call this something like “End of the Sunset,” because that’s what I think of when I see the orange and purple mixed in with black.

    It doesn’t particularly bother me when a yarn colour has only a number instead of a name, but I have to admit to sometimes liking yarns more than I usually would just because I really like the name.

  11. knittymama Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Okay, I’m terrible at stuff like this (I would never make it in advertising:-) so I’m just going with the totally random “Late Night in Vegas.” Although, I’ve never been to Vegas and have no idea what a late night there looks like.

  12. lorinda Says:
    February 24th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    how about ‘umber nogo’–that’s a brown dragon. ;)

  13. Leslie Says:
    February 25th, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    I would name it “Midnight in the Elven Garden,” and it makes me think of purple flowers in the almost dark. I don’t mind numbers, but creative names are nice as well!

  14. Frarochvia Says:
    February 25th, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Ok maybe it’s just me, but this definitely screams “seven layer chocolate cake” to me.

    And now I want a cupcake.

    I like names. A lot! But it has never bothered me that Koigu and Trekking don’t do names. Hm…

  15. ADELE Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 7:15 am

    I immeadiatly thought “Dancing in the Dark” and I prefer names, but don’t think I could come up with new ones all the time.

  16. Jenn Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 7:29 am

    Midsummer Night’s Dream (I know… borrow from Shakespeare. I don’t know if you can use it or not, but it fits to me. :)

  17. Rise Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 7:58 am

    The first name that comes to mind is “Aurora Borealis” because it brings to mind all the vivid colors of the Aurora against the black night sky.

  18. Lisa In Oregon Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 7:59 am

    Blackberry bramble.

    I prefer names over numbers! :)

    Yummy socks, by the way!

  19. Britt Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Name for colorway: Thunderegg. The colors remind me of the first thunderegg I laid my eyes on. The outside of the rock is the main color and then there is a secret on the inside. It doesn’t really bother me if there is no name when I buy it online, but I have to rename it once I have it knit up.

  20. Magas Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 8:27 am

    I’m calling it Autumn Evening because I can see the beautiful colors of the fall leaves as the day goes dark. And yes, numbers instead of color names bugs me.

  21. kristi and otis Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Looks like a bunch of jam and jelly colors – I think it should be named Smuckers. I do like a color name better than a number.

  22. Danielle Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Geode.

  23. Lu Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Mahogany?

  24. Mel Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 10:21 am

    I’m going to say Night-on-the-Heath, because it makes me think of this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I....._Heath.JPG

  25. kmkat Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 11:02 am

    “Grampa sweater” because I have a sweater (el cheapo from Kohl’s) in those colors which I purchased b/c it made me think of a Grampa sweater.

  26. trek Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 11:35 am

    That colorway reminds me of a professor’s tweedy sport jacket so I would call it “Ivy League”.

    I don’t mind that colors have numbers when shopping per se but I do prefer actual names (even if I disagree with the names) because they are easier to remember. I mean, what’s easier to confuse, 76 and 75 or “Ivy League” and “Rose Garden”?

  27. Jodi Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    How about Brambleberry? BTW, you seem awfully familiar to me. Were you in CNES at the U of M in 2000-01?

  28. Kenyetta Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Chocolate fire or Sunset dream?

  29. Vikkie aka Victoria Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    How about Chocolate Fudge Swirl? It looks like milk and dark chocolate swirled together …to me anyway lol

  30. Gladys Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    How about “Stellar Nursery” — see NASA’s stellar nursery image at: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia.....e_752.html

  31. Jennifer Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Scottish Highlands. :-)

  32. Erin B Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Mystic force?

    Draw to it for no reason…

  33. Miss T Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Chocolate Berries

  34. Jeanne Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Chocolate raspberry, blueberry, orange, lemon swirl. 8-)

  35. Su Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Mmmmm…. Looks like Chocolate Truffles to me!

  36. lisa Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Hey! This is tough! Yeah, I hate color numbers versus names. Even worse is when a company sends in a shipment and the packing list has the bags listed with color names (and numbers), but the skeins do NOT. GRRRR. My first thought was something about rotting fall humus with multicolor rose petals, but I knew that wouldn’t go over well. Neither rotting roses. So, how’s this? “Mahogany dreams” or “Mahogany dreams of blackberries”. There are some really great suggestions in your comments!

  37. Karen in Toledo Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    mmmmmmmmm… I have to say “Blackberry coffee”

  38. Elisabeth Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    I always have a hard time remembering the random numbers that are given to yarns. What about “Autumn’s Final Leaves” or “Autumn’s Finish”?

  39. deb Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    My suggestion is “Tidepool Rock.” I used to live in Monterey,CA, and the colors remind me of when I would climb around on the tidepool rocks–they are very dark with flecks of colors from the sealife attached and climbing about on the rock. I really prefer if yarns have color names rather than numbers—easier for me to remember! Love your socks! :)

  40. Peeve Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Christmas Pudding!

  41. maryse Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    i’m thinking “smoldering embers.”

    as for color names vs. number names — i really don’t care one way or the other especially since some color names are things like “spoon full of sugar” or “lamp post” (ok i’m tired i know those were lousy examples). i would just like the names/numbers to be consistent and they should be listed on the ball band.

  42. --Deb Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    How about “Burning Ember?”

  43. JJ Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Mystic Moor

  44. Heide Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Hmm, it kind of looks like cooling lava. How about “Magma”?

  45. gwen Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    I vote for Black Forest. Mmmm.

  46. Anne Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    I’d call it Raven (after Poe) because I just thought immediately of the poem’s first line: “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore…”

  47. Jeanne B. Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 2:13 am

    “Smoky Spice”. “Smoking Jacket”. I’m the second one who instantly referenced college professors when I saw the colors. “Collegiate Tweed”. “Fertile Earth”. I also smelled cigar smoke. Hmm. “Brownberry”. “Roast Umber”. “Tobacco Road”. OK, I’m tired now. ;-)

  48. Michelle Tourigny Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 7:27 am

    Hearth. Don’t know why. Michelle

  49. Olga Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 9:09 am

    I think Evening Tide would be a nice descriptive name. I like the yarn names better than numbers, it calls up my creative juices better.

  50. Sarah R Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Brambleberry Shadows.

    I don’t know why, exactly. That’s just what came to me when I looked at the close-up.

  51. moirae/Steph Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    What name would you give this specific Trekking XXL colorway? Blackberry Fire. What do the colors remind you of? Picking Blackberries during sunset. Does it bother you when shopping online if the yarn color only has a number? Yes. Especially when the colors or numbers are really close together. Then you also have the dyelot #, the price and then there are just too many numbers!

  52. Ginny Says:
    February 27th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Desert Night…because there’s nothing like being in the middle of nowhere with the only light coming from the moon and the stars.

    Beautiful socks!

  53. Holly of HollYarns Says:
    February 28th, 2007 at 12:23 am

    I nominate the colorway name: “Holden Caulfield” a la The Catcher in the Rye.

  54. Stitchy Fingers Says:
    February 28th, 2007 at 9:21 am

    What about Heathcliff? I’ve never bought any yarn online but I think I would prefer both a number and a name.

  55. Knitting Bandit Says:
    February 28th, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Twilight Dreams? I could make it wordy with Twilight Dreams in Chocolately Caramel. I like a name versus a number. I also think a name is a better marketing stratedgy. I have purchased a color before because the name evokes an image.

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