We've Been Searching for that One Right Word or Phrase...Can You Help?

As many of you know, I do lots of repeatable colorways in monochromes and handpaints.  But I have also started doing a lot of "one of a kind" colorways that are essentially limited editions.


We have tried using the phrase "A Day at ..." as a way to indicate this difference, and then we couldn't find more that didn't sound really contrived.  We have done a selection of "The Wreck of..." (which we will continue to do) but these tend to have a lot of blue. And then we have moved onto other names of birds, bugs, flowers, undersea creatures, and more - without really indicating that these are one of a kind.


Here's some samples of one of a kind yarns.

[caption id="attachment_880" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Seawasp in Yowza"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_881" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Fairy Slippers in Yummy 2-ply Sock"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_882" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Pickeral in Sojourn - Cashmere-Silk Fingering"][/caption]

So we have come up with a pile of words and names that are inadequate to cover the range of colorways that fall under this topic, and so we turn to you.  Surely there is someone out there who can come up with a name or a phrase that will help us explain this situation folks.  What we are thinking is that the label will include this word/phrase on it, plus the name of the colorway.


And while we're at it, let's turn it into a contest.  Submit your suggestion(s) via the contact page of the website.  You have until the end of August to submit names/phrases, and then on September 1 or 2 we will set up voting for a few days to select the best name.  We'll give prizes to the winner and the first runner-up.  The winner gets 2 skeins of sock yarn and the first runner-up gets one skein.  Any other details?? I think that covers it.  Questions? Please pose them here so I can answer them for everyone.


P.S. See you at a show somewhere soon??




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Beth G.

Whoops, one more (for literary fun)


How about “Expression: colour name” or “Unique Gem: colour name” or like a fancy wine… “Special Reserve: colour name” or “Curio Collection: colour name.”


How about:

Sole (being the only one) Seawasp
Curious (ly) Fairy Slippers
Eccentric (ly) Seawasp
Distinctive (ly) Fairy Slippers

Beth G.

My first time at your blog and I see I’ve missed the deadline. micropout
… oh well, if it’s still possible to submit suggestions (silly and serious) for consideration, see below:

“Solamente” (Spanish for ‘only’)
“Originique” (original + unique)
“Endangered Species” (simple)
“Singularity” (for star trek fans)
“POOF” (because that’s all there is)

(don’t mind me, I’m silly and strange…Ravelry people call me Rammskein.)


How about Guest Appearance?


Maybe you could use the word “Finite” in the title. It would definitely show that it was a limited colorway. Finite Seawasp… Finite Fairy Slippers.


Whimsicality: Seawasp
A Fleeting Thought: Fairy Slippers
A Passing Fancy: colorname
Once Upon a Time: colorname
Once in a Lifetime: colorname
Rare Treasures: colorname

I think the colon (or a dash) between the limited edition indicator and the actual color name is important — hopefully it will make it easier to identify what part of the title string is the actual color name. BTW, I think it’s a great idea to make us aware of the colors that we shouldn’t put off getting if we are attracted to them, not that I’m usually able to delay gratification when it comes to Miss Babs!


Miss Bab’s Boutique Yarns


Or Evanescent (color)_.
I really like Babettes, too! That’s pretty cute! :)

Jan M

transcendental (color name), exotic(color name)

Linda Babcock

how about “Singular”?


How about “Joy of….”


How about Yarn Gone Wild. The colorway could named after an animal, plant, nature, etc.

jane sickler

One Day at a dye lot

jane sickler

limited liquid aqua…or…vanishing varied hues

jane sickler

Babs limited varigated selections


How about Endangered Species? See you at Stitches Midwest!

Mary Lee G.

A couple of thoughts -

Babs’ One & Only, or

Babs’ Special Selection, or

Whimsies, or

Once a Great Potion.

Kristina in TN

Caprice: a sudden change of behavior. To me this suggest a happy deviation from normal, a lark, or frolicking in something new or different. Could work?


Maybe the one-off colors could be “Babettes”, since they are little nuggets of Miss Babs’ ideas… Seawasp Babette, Fairy Slippers Babette, etc


How about rare or vintage—like you’d describe wine?

kim in oregon

Going along with ‘a day at..’ what about ‘one night only?’ Or “Simply”. Or “Bijoux”.


“One Fine Day” with weather conditions and/or emotion descriptions designating the different colors.


How about “The Sideshow”? That’s all I’ve got right now! :) Love your yarns and I hope to see you at SAFF!



Special flowers

Limited engagements

Happy Accidents


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