I’ve never been great at naming things. When we adopted our dog, his previous owners had already named him “Ollie,” so we just said, “Sure! That’s a fine name. We’ll keep it.” It’s an known fact among my friends that when I have to name a character for a video game or a D&D campaign, it’s always terrible. And whenever I put my toe back in the Fiction Writing Pond, I’m never happy with my characters’ names.
Same goes for naming my patterns. At first, I tried to name my patterns something clever. Then I tried naming them with practical descriptions. Then I gave up on that and started just using random girls’ names (which every other designer has already done). Just try finding a girls name that hasn’t already been used for a piece of knitwear. I dare you.
Anyway, long story short, I hit upon the idea of naming my designs after places in and around Seattle that I like visiting. Lucky for me, Seattle has about a million neighborhoods (I’ve lived here since 2010, and I’m still discovering new neighborhoods, there are so many). And if you start including parks and neighboring towns/cities, well… I could keep designing for years and not run out of names.
You might remember the Ballard Pullover from a few years ago.
Ballard is a historically Norwegian neighborhood that’s rapidly changing from a cute working-class neighborhood to a super-hipster area, full of bars and resturants. I love spending a Saturday down in Ballard, hopping from micro-brewery to micro-brewery, with stops for coffee, tapas and board games. The Carkeek Pullover is another of my favorites.Carkeek Park is a great place for a nice walk with the dog. It’s got miles of wooded trails (in the middle of the city!), and a nice little beach that looks out on the Puget Sound. On a clear day you can see the Olympic mountains. The beach is a great place to look for sea glass, and if you’re really lucky, you might even spot a seal or two playing in the water.My newest sweater is named after a tiny town to the north of Seattle, Snohomish.Snohomish is a really tiny town- it actually reminds me of where I went to high school. It’s rural and sleepy, but close enough to a big town to not feel 100% like you’re in the country. It’s nestled in the foothills of the Cascades (gorgeous!). They have a really great paved hiking/biking trail that I love to visit with my roller skates. Nothing better than skating down a nicely paved country road on a clear day with the mountains all around!There might be a more logical way to name my sweaters, but at least I have some sort of a method to my madness.
Do you give your projects names? What’s the weirdest thing that you’ve named?