MDSW2015 on Hot Shot
In case you couldn't tell, we love words here at the Miss Babs studio. We love to name things, we love alliterations (using same letters at the beginning of words), we love finding the right name for a color, we love finding pictures in our picture book of animals and sea creatures and trees and more that help us to connect color with yarn names.
I thought I would share the story of the naming of our 80/20 sock base. That's 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. When we first added this base about 9-10 years ago, we couldn't find a word that started with "Y" that seemed right. (Back then we were in the "Y" phase.) In casting about for something different, I landed on my husband's middle name - Windsor. I had always like that name - it had a nice sound and it was a way to include him in what I was doing.
Then we started having problems with the mill. The mill we got the base from simply couldn't make enough, fast enough to satisfy my/your demands. We found a US based mill to create a very similar yarn just for us. Given that the first yarn was named after my husband, we thought it would be fun to name this sock base in a way that was still connected with him.
Back in the mid-70's, I was working as a waitress in a disco called "The Cosmic Ballroom." I met Ron there and we spent many hours dancing and drinking and dancing! I also worked a lot. It seemed like a great name with a fun history. This all happened in the Asheville, NC, where I was also going to school to become a chef.
And now we come to our new base, which is also an 80/20 blend and really my favorite of these bases. It has a nice tighter twist to the individual plies that I love!! The overall yarn has a great hand. And again! The dilemma of the name. And then I tried to find something else related back when Ron and I were dating.
The Hot Shot Cafe was a 24-hour diner that was down in the Biltmore district of Asheville. We would often go there after an evening of dancing and drinking to have breakfast at 3 in the morning (along with lots of other folks!) So Hot Shot it is!!
Masquerade on Hot Shot