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The bright spot of my summer is this weekend.  My son Narayan is marrying his sweetheart Candice this Sunday.








My son! ( See Steven and Deb he’s not a myth.)



Narayan is my oldest and this is our families first wedding. We are happy, excited and slightly crazy with it all, as I’ve been assured, is exactly how it usually is with a wedding, so we’re right on track. It’s going to be a wonderful day. I’m so excited that I woke up at 3:00 this morning and just could not get back to sleep, even counting colored sheep didn’t work and it usually does. I did some color scheming  planning for the next few months so at least was productive.

Speaking of color schemes, we decided in the barn this week that it was time for a contest. It’s been awhile and we are a bunch of women who like our games and contests. This one is kind of both. After our last naming contest we had a few of you write in and suggest that it might be fun for you to submit a name and maybe a description ( brief) of what you have in mind and that I come up with a colorway  for that name. I love this idea. It’s a bit of a challenge and I am a woman who likes a challenge.

So here is how I think this will work best. In the comments section of this blog post put the name you are suggesting and a brief hint or description of your intent. If you feel the name is enough or want to see what I do with just the name that is also okay.

We’ll start today and take name submissions until next Friday. Then we’ll pick 20 and post them on Monday, then you get to pick your top 5, which you’ll do in the comments section of that blog post.

The winning 5 get a skein of their winning colorway in the yarn base of their choosing.

Sounds like fun doesn’t it. We did something like this with the sock club and it was great fun. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Ready, set… go!

PS: My buddy Steven was visiting when the Tipsy’s came out and fell for Sadie Sue so we wound up a ball and he started knitting some socks.




  1. Janis #

    Hi, me here!
    I have been thinking up names for new colorways ever since
    you mentioned that you were coming up with some new blues in a blog
    several weeks ago, so most of these are definitely blue suggestions and others
    are ‘Moony’ or a play on words, here we go…

    Na-vi Blue – (from Avatar, sounds like navy blue)
    BLUEmin’ SKEINdelous
    Pitter PatTINA (goes my heart) – because colors effect you and us that way!
    Singin’ In The Skein
    Neon Jungle – just came into my head one day
    Blue Huey
    Blue Glass Vase – love that pristine, sharp, electric blue
    MOONscapade – Anything goes here I think!
    Water wheel – watery blues / splashes of ferny greens
    Periwinkled – ?
    Love EWE! – Could be the colors of love or just an awesome mix!

    I hope that gets the ball (of wool) rolling!
    I needed a competition like this to cheer me up, thank you Tina 😉

    July 12, 2013
    • Janis #

      The 6th one down is meant to be Bluey Huey. It doesn’t matter how hard I
      try not to make a mistake one always gets through.
      And I thought of a partner color to go withe Love EWE! … Love EWE Too!
      Maybe an idea too far?

      July 12, 2013
    • Sage #

      Love this game!!

      Here are my suggestions …

      Ruby Slippers
      The Absence of Yellow
      Relentlessly Curvilinear
      Beloved of the Sky
      Bunny Kitten
      Slip Sliding Away
      Going All Kandinsky
      You Say Madrone, I Say Arbutus

      July 13, 2013
      • Sage #

        I forgot to add that I’ve included no descriptions, cause I’d love to see Tina just go for it!!

        July 13, 2013
  2. ariannasanders #

    Wicked – Like the musical – greens and blacks

    July 12, 2013
  3. bleuzee #

    Lavender Fields in the Mist

    The purples of lavender, some green from the fields, in a gray-lavender mist in the morning.

    July 12, 2013
  4. I’m watching an old episode of Dragnet and it gave me an idea.

    “Watchin’ the Tube”. For colors, think old vintage issues of TV Guide.

    July 12, 2013
  5. pencraftco #

    1. The grass is always greener (inspired by lawn mowing, summer days, horses sticking their heads through the fence)

    2. Lobster Dinner (need I elaborate?)

    3. S’Mores (yuhhmm)

    July 12, 2013
  6. sasoif #

    I would love to see a colorway that uses Mulberry and Nyame. They are next to each other on the website and I think they would be beautiful with a pale grey or maybe a creamish color. I was thinking maybe “glorious garden” or “gazing ball” (the colors remind me of the gazing ball in my front yard.

    July 12, 2013
    • sasoif #

      WAIT WAIT! Not Nyame. Neptune. NEPTUNE AND MULBERRY.

      July 12, 2013
  7. erica #

    Best best best best wishes to Narayan and Candice and may you have ~ all of you ~ an enchanted and special celebratory weekend! I would love to see what you think NARAYAN looks like in a colourway, but anothor more wildly fantastic idea perhaps is CHROMATICITY , which is a word I’d suggested for the second Sock Summit Marketplace. Someday I’ll figure out all of the colors of me, and then. I’ll ask you to conjure up an ERICA! :o) Much Love and all my best,

    July 12, 2013
  8. cls #

    In the heat of the night?
    Defying Gravity?

    July 12, 2013
  9. tcpowell #

    idea #1: cricket (would love to see what you come up with for that)

    or, maybe since we’re in the thick of things here in the northeast, and it’s year 17….. idea #2: Cicada (Scientific name: Cicadidae)

    July 12, 2013
  10. Lori #

    Taking inspiration from the tulip combinations I had in my spring garden.

    Might I suggest a combination with dark purple (e.g. Smoke on the Water), bright red, white, and a hint of green.

    For names, jewel tones suggest bold and sassy but white suggests a touch of elegance. So, I offer ‘Keep It Classy’ or ‘A Passionate Lady’.

    July 12, 2013
  11. RichelleCK #

    So Agatated – the colors of all the agates found on Oregon beaches – creamy whites, slate greys, jasper orangy-reds, grey-greens, bright yellows on a sandy background

    Blue Merle Cosmo – biased toward the colors of my Cardigan Welsh corgi – complex dark and light slate greys with intense punches of black, white, darker grey, with a bit of red brown and sky blue for his eyes

    July 12, 2013
  12. missnancy #

    My favorite Summer flower is hydrangeas. How about “Heavenly Hydrangeas” from the palest green to cheery pinks, crisp blues and soft purples. Gorgeous!

    July 12, 2013
  13. Pollywog – reptilian whimsey

    July 12, 2013
  14. #

    Hey Man! Oh, Yeah! 1920s New Orleans Jazz Club dancing all night.

    July 12, 2013
  15. katycorgi #

    Seattle Sunbreak

    July 12, 2013
  16. Lori #

    My first post was a colour combo suggestion because I’m really, really looking for those colours in a variegated yarn (hint, hint). But I also have some names to suggest:

    Aeval: Fairy Queen of Ireland. Symbolizes a mix of justice and sexuality. Holds a midnight court every season to determine if Irish husbands are serving their wives sexual needs:)

    Oxymandias: King of Kings, megalomania, forgotten glories, rise and fall of power (the subject of a sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley).

    Hell’s Belle (Sweet and wicked all-in-one).

    Anne Bonny: In honour of the most famous of female pirates.

    July 12, 2013
  17. pattyv #

    I would like

    A scone with cream and blackberry jam please!

    July 12, 2013
  18. Corvidae #

    How about Sundae Swirl? All the colors of a ice cream sundae with a maraschino cherry, of course!

    July 12, 2013
  19. spitfiresnc #

    SC&P – a 70’s romp of burnt orange meets mustard yellow with some natural peaking through.

    Strawberry Shortcake – cake + whipped topping + berry = nom on fiber

    July 12, 2013
  20. stashmaven #

    Faamished – this means confused in yiddish. Colors of your choice

    Nebula- dark blues with hints of whites

    July 12, 2013
  21. Strawberry Truffle – Pink, Brown, and Cream

    This is colorway I have wanted for a long time 🙂

    July 12, 2013
  22. Here are my colorway suggestions:




    July 12, 2013
  23. claning #

    Deep Silence

    A deep evergreen forest where the only sound is the wind. Cool shadows welcome you. The trees are tall with soft friendly bark. Fir incense. Peace.

    July 12, 2013
  24. RichelleCK #

    Aww, man! I totally misread and gave too much! I’ve got words, though!;-)

    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey
    Free to Disagree
    Banana Slug (so Oregon-y, you know)
    Tea and Crumpets

    Just for starters…

    July 12, 2013
  25. katycorgi #


    July 12, 2013
  26. dbarn #

    Berry Picking

    July 13, 2013
  27. AZknits #

    For our weather in AZ – “Haboob” (look it up!)
    that mile high wall of dust and sand; deep twilight gray light as the sun is blocked out; rain turning the dust to mud, followed just the touch of clear sky blue as the break comes.

    July 13, 2013
    • AZknits #

      Enjoy the video – or be so afraid!

      July 13, 2013
      • AZknits #

        sorry video did not post

        July 13, 2013
  28. ggeeorge #

    I think we need a NW color line….

    Peace Candle: Red/orange/yellow/white
    St. johns Bridge: Green-blue / rust
    Old Town: green, red, white ( or actually whatever colors that sign has nowadays)
    Cloudy Days: Black/gray/white
    Lewis & Clark : browns/greens maybe some white for snow
    Mt. St. Helens : blue, white, sparkles… Or, could be red with sparkles
    Space needle: black, white, sparkles
    Columbia river valley: blue for water, green for surrounding forests and maybe some pink shade for the salmon

    Etc… The list is endless!

    July 13, 2013
  29. ggeeorge #

    Old town could actually be in ‘neon’… looks like the 80s are back in stores =)

    July 13, 2013
  30. dbarn #

    Summer Scoops (ice cream)

    July 13, 2013
  31. Congrats to the happy couple and the exhausted parents 🙂
    May you have a million blessings in your new life together, Candice and Narayan!

    Representin’ the Southernmost state in the contiguous US, how about Moon Over Miami or Florida Keys? You could go CRAZY with those Tina!

    July 13, 2013
  32. knitwench #

    Looking at pictures of my trip of a lifetime to Africa………..

    bright blue sky
    red dirt roads
    dusty sage acacia trees
    tan/gold grasses

    July 13, 2013
  33. coastermeg #

    Congrats to the fam-damily! Some names:

    Children of the Moon (One of my all-time favorite Alan Parsons Project songs. The lyrics are fairly somber, but the song reminds me of floating in space.)

    As High as an Elephant’s Eye (All the colors of summer corn.)

    Dean Jones (What’s the color of ‘wholesome’?)


    July 13, 2013
  34. YarnderWoman #

    Space Station Mystery

    * Calm Before the Carnival

    * Mr Fox

    * Silverback Gorilla

    * Comic Book Hero

    No hints, would love to see what you do with them. 🙂

    July 13, 2013
  35. sasoif #

    I have a great picture of the colors I like, but I can’t get them on here.

    Flower Power: purple, turquoisey, orangey red.

    July 13, 2013
  36. sasoif #

    oooh. How about a Big Bang Theory series?

    So many ideas..

    July 13, 2013
  37. BBG #

    Woulda Coulda Shawarma
    We’re Engauged!
    Ya Sure Ya Betcha
    Lime Gin Fizz
    Hot to Trot
    Better with Bacon

    July 13, 2013
  38. BonnieB #

    I read this post yesterday while sitting with my Mom in the hospital. All I wanted to do was wrap her up in some “positive energy” to get through this.

    I thought that would be a good name, something warm and soothing all at the same time.

    July 13, 2013
  39. fall in the pond or fall across the pond – predominately pond scum with red-orange, yellow-orange, brown and perhaps a touch of dark green or dark blue. pond scum rocks! fall in the northwest!

    July 13, 2013
  40. luanagladys #

    Whopper Jawed
    Step and Fetch It
    Stars and Garters

    July 13, 2013
  41. amyknits #

    I have two suggestions for you. The first is “Blue Bayou”. I picture this as mostly blue with hints of green and maybe some other bayou-esque colors. The second is “Clockwork Orange” which would be shades of orange (obviously), white, and gray.

    July 13, 2013
  42. claning #

    Running Water

    A brook rippling over stones. Gleaming. The essence of water, fluid, ever-changing, clear. A bare hint of sky. Cool and refreshing on a day that’s a little too hot.

    July 13, 2013
  43. pjacks #

    Let’s celebrate the women’s right to vote amendment (XIX) which was ratified 93 years ago (August 18, 1920) and strong women in general – name the color Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Susan B. Anthony (go with a woman/year color up to 1920), or it could always be called “We’ve come a long way, baby.” I don’t do colors. Tina, you’re the depraved dyer; you can find colors that say ‘strong and resolved.’ I mean guys are great (the second one I married is really super), but we’re pretty much gals/women on this blog so let’s celebrate us and all the things we do.

    July 13, 2013
  44. Sadiesue #

    Congratulations to your family! Perhaps a psycho-babble theme: Roadless Travel, Sifting Sands, Watery Realms, Mythic Masks, Heavens Corridor……and Your Wonderful Imagination! Best to you!

    July 14, 2013
  45. kirsty #

    dear Tina,

    Congratulations 🙂

    My first offering is: a colourway inspired by the Mary Oliver poem “Wild Geese”. This poem has a very special place in my heart, and I would be very interested to see where you take it.

    Thank you for all of your beautiful work 🙂


    July 14, 2013
  46. katycorgi #

    Shakespeare in the Park

    July 14, 2013
  47. dbarn #


    July 15, 2013
  48. hatusu #

    How fun!

    Only one name really comes to mind:

    Ada Leigh Tipsy – I see her as having a fiery personality that hides behind the sweetness of her name. A well meaning girl, but a bit of a firecracker (in a good way). Oh, and she has a bit of a temper…

    July 15, 2013
  49. dpost #

    My name suggestions

    “Crabby Day” for the Maryland Blue crab which turns red when steamed.
    “Summer Sangria”- White sangria with lots of fruit/berry colors.

    July 15, 2013
  50. dobernet17 #

    Allo and congrats, my suggestion for naming that gorgous colour is:


    For Trekkies:

    Never saw the sun shining so bright
    Never saw things going so right
    Noticing the days hurrying by
    When you’re in love, my how they fly

    Blue skies
    Smiling at me
    Nothing but blue skies
    Do I see

    It’s the Irving Berlin song Data sang at Troy and Riker’s wedding.


    July 15, 2013
  51. dobernet17 #


    July 15, 2013
  52. nailz1270 #

    A Trip Through the Keys.
    My thoughts are this: When you drive through the Florida Keys, the water looks AMAZING. There are all kinds of shades of blue and green and even a little purple.

    July 15, 2013
  53. nailz1270 #

    Blue Paisley

    Thoughts: dark blue, bright blue, turquoise, a not quite olive green and a bright green . The inspiration: Vera Bradley’s retired pattern: Rhythm & Blues

    July 15, 2013
  54. LishasPlace #

    Daily Dose of C–grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime!

    July 16, 2013
  55. LishasPlace #

    Olive Juice
    Stash Diving-a plethora of colors
    Derby Girl–Black and brights
    Treasure Trove
    Garden Grove
    Sugar N Spice
    Frogs and Snails
    Crocodile Tears
    Gator Bites

    July 16, 2013
  56. LishasPlace #

    Sorry me again, I really want to see a pink Tipsy, maybe

    Rosella Marie Tipsy she’s everything sweet and kind but with a bit of mischievous spunk!

    What can you do with Clovis Leon Tipsy
    or Octavias Sabine Tipsy?

    OK I think I am done!!

    July 16, 2013
  57. kirsty #

    My second offering is: CaramelEYES

    I am thinking here of caramels, yellows, splashes of violet, and maybe a bit of dark brown. Caramelized violets.

    July 16, 2013
  58. tampnp #

    I hope the wedding was wonderful!!

    My colorway name suggestion is: Antiquated System (like we talked about before!)
    Might I also suggest: Tamara (

    July 16, 2013
    • tampnp #

      Something messed up!!

      I suggested Tamara (would love to see what you do for that!!)

      July 16, 2013
  59. Janis #

    Hi me again,
    I have been trying to come up with a special colorway name for the
    ‘Rockin Whorl Club’, how about Rockin’ All Over The Whorled.

    July 16, 2013
  60. Nordicneedles #

    Fish have such beautiful colors and would have fun names.

    Rainbow trout
    Angel fish

    July 16, 2013
  61. luv2run #

    Ginger Plum-licious

    I have a Satsuma Plum tree in my backyard and just finished canning some. The flesh color is a beautiful deep red, the skin is reddish maroon over green, then combined with the golden hue of the candied ginger….Beautiful and oh so tasty!

    July 16, 2013
  62. Desiree #

    Glenda: Pink and White and happy like a cherry blossom
    Dead Man’s Party: Necrotic Blue, Rot Black, Grey (for fun)
    Knuckle Dragger: Like the jumpsuits on the flight deck of Galactica (aka the gift shop): orange

    July 17, 2013
  63. AndreaW #

    “Lemon Pesto”
    I love fresh pesto + one year I grew lemon basil to make it, so:

    greens for the basil
    yellow for the lemon scent
    cream for the parmesan cheese
    and there are pine nuts too….


    July 17, 2013
  64. markpamzz #

    Deadliest Nightshade-leafy green, with berries that turn from pale green to dark purple.
    The Green Fairy-the colors of old absinthe posters
    Emma Rose Tipsy- the sweet baby-cotton candy pinks, a pastel version of the Rosella Marie

    July 17, 2013
  65. granjudy #

    Rattlesnake grade – a hillside colored like the snake, hot summer skies, dry dusty evergreens anh just a hint of water at the bottom

    Grande Rhonde – winter yellowed grass poking through the snow and a sun dog caught in the early morning fog at the bottom of the canyon. Vivid brilliant pasrels. Is this even possible?

    Clearwater or Koos koos kia – the NezPerce name for the river. Literally water water river, water so pure a pool 20 feet deep looks like you could reach down and pick up that yellow rock on the bottom. Deep canyons, wide rippley shallows, fast white water, deep green slow water, white sand, black, brown red yellow pink green rock, gold and gemstones live here. Deer and bear drinking at twilight.

    Purple beans

    Okra- don’t forget those brilliant blossoms.

    Playin’ cards on the river- whatcould be more relaxing? Favorite swimsuit, old tube, floating along with friends

    All cats are gray – in the dark. Those shades of gray just before it’s too dark to see any color at all.

    Mutabilis- the butterfly rose, pink buds open to show 4 creamy peach petals that darken a bit every day to a deep rich plummy pink. Glossy dark green foliage

    July 17, 2013
  66. granjudy #

    eh, spelling

    Vivid brilliant pastels.

    One more

    Sun Glass- the lavendar purple of old glass jars left out in the sun.

    July 17, 2013
  67. ellenki #

    sizzlin summer – shades of red and yellow to show how hot its been this summer

    July 18, 2013
  68. towtrip #

    Sunset on the Lake — when the lake has relaxed from the white light of the day and the clamor of boat engines, waterskiers, children swimming and playing, to a hush punctuated only by the soft lapping of the gentle waves against the shore. A glass of Chardonnay as the sun begins to slip behind the hills on the far shore, turning mellow shades of yellow and peach as it fades into the summer night.

    July 19, 2013

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