I love the stories behind names - whether it’s a new baby, a novel-in-progress or a knitting pattern, I’m always down with hearing what went into the choice.
It’s not easy, coming up with creative, catchy and memorable names for 12-14 patterns a year. There’s always a moment in the design process (usually the ‘miles of stockinette’ or ‘make second sleeve’ section) when I look down at the project in my hands and think “What am I going to call this?”
My first drafts are usually not terribly good. La Peregrina was called Lacy Heart Thing for awhile. Dorsett had several names, including Exploding Mittens and Amazonian Battle Boobs. At least those were memorable!
To get past these initial descriptive titles, I go into word-association mode. I looked at Lacy Heart Thing, and saw all that purling. “People hate purling,” I thought. “I wonder why they are called purls? I should Google that.”