Monday, April 11, 2011

What's in a Name?

Once again, we find ourselves with a brand new yarn that is hopelessly, helplessly nameless. You named Honor last year, can I ask you to put on your thinking caps for us again?

"Yarn X" is a 55% superwash merino, 15% nylon and 30% Outlast viscose sock yarn. It has a nice tight twist just like Shepherd Sock, but it's three ply instead of four.

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You're probably wondering "what is this Outlast she speaks of?" That's a fair question. Outlast is this crazy fiber that interacts with your body's microclimate to moderate temperature from being too hot or too cold. It was used by NASA. Ferrari uses it for their race car seats.

We spent a lot of time deciding whether we wanted to go ahead with this yarn or not. At market in January 2010, we gave out about a dozen skeins to a bunch of different designers. They kept coming back to me and asking me when we were releasing it. I hemmed, I hawed. They poked, they prodded. I said let's do it! We're bringing it to market in June along with nine or ten new colors.

The photo you see is dyed in a really pretty color, but we'll be dyeing it in all of our colors, so don't let the one shown here influence you.

Here are the details. Send your entry to contest AT lornaslaces DOT net with the subject line reading "New Sock Yarn Name". We'll narrow the choices down to our three favorites by April 17th. Then we'll email a ballot with the top three to our newsletter subcribers on April 18 and let you vote for the winner. If you don't get our newsletter, you can sign up here. Voting will close at 5:00PM central time on April 22.

In case of multiple entries for the same name, we'll use a number generator to pick the ultimate winner.

You're probably wondering about the prize, aren't you? How about 12 skeins of the new yarn? My theory is that would be enough for the lucky winner to make a pair of socks every month for a year. (If you aren't a sock knitter, don't despair. We'll come up with something else to make your heart sing.)

Please keep in mind that we're not Publisher's Clearinghouse. Contests and giveaways aren't what we do every day. I'm trying to make things as simple and fair as I can. You could probably find a loophole to exploit, but let's try and play nice and just let this all unfold for what it is...fun, fun, fun!

99 comments:

Anne said...

Mmm reminds me of "Cool Carribean Evening."

theknittingpatch said...

I really like the name acquiesce - it just seems right :-)

Amy said...

I don't know if my previous comment came through, but I suggested Balance - balancing on your feet, and balancing your temperature.

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margaret in manhattan said...

how about "Air Conditioned"?

Paula Nina said...

How about "Marina"?
It's a gorgeous color!

Doreen said...

My first thought was Survivor. You know, "Outplay, Outwit, Outlast"

wildwoodlisa said...

How about Santulan for balance?

Sasha said...
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Kepanie said...

When I look at the colorway I think of Swimming Pool Fun!

Jennie said...

Here's a few suggestions - climate, temperate, ambience, or element.
The color seems like a perfect Midwestern prairie sky reflected off lake.

TadPole said...

I think: sportif (the french for sporty pronounced spor-teef)

It's what I thought of first.

jennyboo said...

Cyan beach

Amy R Singer said...

Thermostat

Anonymous said...

I've been waiting to hear about this one since Knitspot talked about it in her blog and showed a sock in progress.

Head Science Squirrel said...

Hmm. How's equilibrium sound?
Keeps your temperature balanced, and it's a pretty cool sounding word.

katieapp said...

Temperance

Marisol said...

I like colorway: Heaven on Earth

marisol

Loretta Banta said...

It looks like Comfort to me. Or Comfort and Joy

maria said...

I like Comfort & Joy. and I think Loretta agrees with me. Comfort is already a name of a popular yarn. So I don't think it could be comfort all by itself.
I looked at the other names of your yarn and Comfort & Joy seems to fit with all the other names of your yarn. (Angel, Shepard, Honor, etc.) Seems there is a biblical/nativity kind of theme going on there. :-) So perhaps Comfort & Joy describe the name and fit the rest of the names you have used so far. :-)

nancy said...

How about Steadfast (Steadfast with Outlast)?

sparklyshiny said...

I wanted to suggest "Solace" as a term for giving comfort, but that's already taken.

How about giving a nod to the technology involved - Equinox.

Karin said...

How 'bout Equipoise?

miranda Jeffries said...

Love your work and love the new color and what about Blue Horizon, or Blue Haze? What ever it will knit up into some thing really special. Miranda.

Danielle said...

Maybe "Blue Space", for the NASA-reference?

Maureen said...

Perceive Sock

Because perceive means to see, or to notice, and I would love socks that noticed my feet were getting too warm.

Jen said...

I got mine in my Cookie A Sock club package yesterday. Love the yarn. I can't wait to work with it!

Skittl1321 said...

The name I like for this yarn is "Intuition" - Since it knows what your feet need.

I got some from Cookie A yesterday, and love the feel. Can't wait to knit it up.

Jennifer P said...

Aurora-one of the more fun words to say in the English Language.

Liz md P-H said...

Reminds me of a summer sky. "Midday" or "Clear Blue"

KnittedGalaxy said...

How about sticking with the space/NASA theme and calling it .....

Enterprise

*is my inner geek showing?

pumpkinsoup said...

also going with the space/NASA theme, I like

Astronomical

got mine with the Cookie A Sock Club yesterday and it feels lovely, can't wait to work with it!

Joyce said...

Florano

A racetrack where the Ferrari 599 GTO delivers the an amazingly fast lap!

It would be fun to do a bunch of colors around a race themed names.

Just make sure you knitting needles can take the heat!

Anonymous said...

My last post did not post, so I hope this isn't a repeat -

I suggest the name "Gemini" for its link to NASA's space program with a dual meaning from the astrology sign, Gemini (the Twins) for the fact that the yarn is made from natural and man-made (or woman-made) fibers.

~ Carol B.

Julie said...

"Tenacity" Long lasting, determined, and impliedly in balance.

mommyknitz said...

TrifectaSock

three-ply, three fibers.

AngieSue said...

Hmm, "Tepid Toes" for the yarn base.

For the color in the blog, how about "Spaced Out"?

Anonymous said...

How bout Unique?

I agree with the person above that said Tenacity. That's a really good one!

Carolyn said...

Learn to Fly

Anonymous said...

I like Amy's suggestion of "Balance." It's a balance between the pure merino I so love to knit with and the newer yarn technology of Outlast.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

"Sportique" The first thing that came to mind when reading about this new yarn is it's potential use for creating active wear: outerwear, socks, accessories of all kinds! "Sportique" is also fun to say! "Sportique" says sporty AND classy! "Sportique"!

KnittedGalaxy said...

Still going with space/NASA and riffing off the "Gemini" comment...How about the first series of spacecraft that took man into space in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first manned spacecraft...Mercury....Or Apollo...

I think Mercury fits best though because of the temperature thing...and mercury being in thermometers.

mary-ann said...

Blue Pearl was the first I`ve thought of when I saw the colour...

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pardis said...

how about Ocean OR Pacific. the colors remind me of the west coast beach ocean.

fibrelover said...

Temperance? Like a temperate climate. Or temperant. Sp?

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Linda said...

"Adore", as a continuation of your current lines of yarn, and as always, we "adore" Lorna's Laces yarn.

Anita Lauer said...

Any socks made with this beautiful, long-lasting yarn are going to have "Integrity."

Anne said...

I say either "Harmony" or "Harmonious" or "Perfect Harmony".

TangledUpInBlue said...

Temperance

nonstopknit said...

Yin and Yang, refers to the balance achieved by bringing together two opposing forces, in this case hot and cold.

Bucky said...

I like Morning Glory, it just sounds pretty just like this yarn.

NanaMay said...

Wow, Lornaslaces using rocket science! How about the name:

Rocket Socks
OR
Rocket Sox

NanaMay on Ravelry

glongley said...

Ocean Waves is my pick for a name. It reminds me of the ocean we go to in the summer in Maine. We have the most beautiful beaches in the northeast. Thank you Gale

Knit One, Preach Two said...

Tranquil? It speaks to the balance offered by socks that seem to know when you need warmth... or not!

Calibrate? (For the same reasons!)

nonstopknit said...

How about Equilibrium?

ilset said...

Futura

nonstopknit said...

Another idea! Stasis is the Greek term for the body's ability to achieve temperature equilibrium without exterior adaptations. At first I didn't like it, but the more I think about it, the better I like it for a yarn that mimics a natural biological wonder.

Anonymous said...

love Gemini also

Zoey said...

Tried to find the site for the contest..so maybe this is were we are suppose to enter..Flash..is the name I like..
in no more Hot Flashes..quick as a Flash and super hero Flash Gorden..so we have hot/cold, race cars, and space age materials... all in a Flash!

Hope I win..I love your yarn.
Zoey Furgason
zfurgason@gmail.com
lambylady- Ravelry

DMaurice said...

How about "Climate"? It adapts to any climate.

thewittys said...

Ocean Breeze

Jill K. said...

Solemate, cool running, heart & Sole, Climatology, wonderful ( because it sounds like wonderful yarn to work with)?

Anonymous said...

I don't see my suggestion, so, here it is again.

Faithful

An homage to the workers who stayed behind to try to fix the reactor problems after the tsunami and the dog who would not leave his friend despite his own injuries. Plus sort of a continuation of the sorts of names Lorna chose for the lines she started with.

See you at Sock Summit.

Paula Durrant said...

"All Season Sock" ... my husband loves hand knit socks all year even though we live in the desert.
I can't wait to try this yarn !
pdurrant1@hotmail.com

Connie said...

I like Soothe as a name. It would be very soothing to wear a pair of socks that kept my feet comfortable.

greyowl60@yahoo.com

thamara said...

Lumi...

thmrkinnunen@yahoo.com

jen_b_morgan@msn.com said...

it reminds me of the ocean off the Isle of Capri...how about "I Love Capri"?

picperfic said...

I would name this yarn 'Comfy' as it sounds like a lovely yarn to keep your feet or shoulders comfy whatever the climate!

marti_bush said...

Summer Sky
The colors remind me of the sky on a beautiful summer day, blue, blue and bluer!

Cindy Porter said...

Hi, my idea is to name the whole line not just on color way. I love the idea of "A-Maze-Ing". I have knitted with a combination yarn with the viscose in it and it is truly amazing and warm. You could also call the line of yarn "Hot Socks". cjp

Anonymous said...

Hi! What an exciting new yarn - technology is amazing!

I would like to call this line Lorna's Laces OASIS ~ whether you use it for socks, a garment or a shawl, you'll always be in a pleasant place.

My second name for this yarn would be Lorna's Laces ADAPT (for obvious reasons).

My third name for this yarn would be Lorna's Laces GOLDILOCKS ~ as in Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold, etc. (and Porridge just doesn't cut it now, does it?).

I am Marjon and my Ravelry name is SnailRacer.

vayankeegrl said...

I say "Tempo." It has a nice ring and the "temp" part is reminiscent of weather/temperature. I'm also a band geek. :) My ravatar is eetnyy1103

..... Carmen said...

My husband is from Vancouver Island - the yarn reminds me of "Ocean Fog". It's simply gorgeous :)

Fivesticks on Ravelry.

Mrs. Gnome said...

Temperate. Not too hot not too cold.
Ravelry: gnomeknits

jhankie said...

Evolution - sock yarn is evolving to be account for hot and cold!

I guess Revolution would work too - as in a revolution in how you think about socks and how they aren't just for winter anymore!

Cathy - jhankie on Ravelry

Partly Cloudy Knitter said...

Liberty sounds right for this sock yarn! It is beautiful!

JoAnna said...

This sounds like the most futuristic yarn I've ever heard of. Can't wait to try it. My nomination for a name is "Wizard Wool". It knows all. What more does a sock knitter want. Joanna

Betty Hay said...

Icy Waters

dove said...

Freedom Sock Yarn

Free from heat or cold or damp feet.

Deb Myers

Teresa said...

How about MOOD

Pdkeller said...

Aren't we sending our entries via email, not posted as comments here?

Sara said...

I have just received my package from Cookie A., and not only is the color exceptional but the feel is perfection. Given all that, I think that this is a yarn that has reached "Enlightenment."

Anonymous said...

Summer Sky, because it looks just like the sky in late August here in New York!

Isisgsd

Barbie115 said...

I like "SKYE"

Vikki said...

How about "Survivor"?

Sam Stevenso said...

My thought is "Innovation". It speaks to the amazing processes that came together to create this innovative yarn.
Sam Stevenson

Maxine said...

Constance. A woman's name meaning constant.

AnnF said...

Lorna's Laces Lasting Love...because our love for this yarn is going to last and last...plus there's a slight play on the presence of Outlast in the yarn.

Diane H said...

how about virtuoso?

Anonymous said...

Yay! My suggestion made it to the final - I'm totally excited!!!!

Woohoo for Goldilocks - not too hot, not too cold!

Marjon

Gaby said...

I say "Star"

It relates to the Space and the yarn is unique and different in their components, a true Star

Susan said...

Sagarmatha = the Nepalese word for Mt. Everest which lies in the Himalaya mountains in the country of Nepal. "Sagarmatha" means "forehead of the sky"

Trudi said...

I can't decide if I prefer Luminous or Luminosity, but they are the words that I think of when I look at the picture of the yarn.

cedarstrings said...

has the name been chosen yet?

Bern said...

"Celsius" for name of the yarn, Lake Michigan (or your favorite lake) for the colorway. The blues in the yarn remind me of a cooler day on the lake, of course you could name your yarn "Fahrenhiet" and could be in warmer hues. B.Hahn

JB said...

How about Celestial for the yarn and/or the color.

cjrgemini said...

How about "Peacock"? It reminds me of the gorgeous plumes they display! I love Lorma's Laces yarns. They are always beautiful and of fantastic quality.