Monday, February 11, 2008

It's Gotta Be Better Than This!

As many of you know, one of our favorite patterns around here is the Baby Jacket with Moss Stitch Edges. As I toil away at the computer day after day, trying to format our patterns for download on the website, I cannot stop thinking that there must be a better name than this. Yes, Baby Jacket With Moss Stitch Edges is consise. It correctly describes what you will, in fact, be knitting. But it's gotta be better than this! It needs a new name. Something cute, but not cutesy. Something catchy but not annoying like a jingle in a commercial that after you see it the 7th time makes you want to microwave your head. So that brings me to this blog post. A lot of you have knit "Baby Jacket with Moss Stitch Edges" so help me come up with a good Rosie Knits name for it before I start loosing sleep.

Now I'm having second thoughts. Maybe Baby Jacket with Moss Stitch edges is a great name. (I have to confess that this part of the post is being written after a good night of sleep. The top half I wrote yesterday!). I took Queenie for a long walk last night--without the baby!-- and had time to think about it. Maybe being obvious about a pattern name is good. Who can tell what a pattern with a crazy name is? Something called "Shmooty-hoo" could be anything, a sock, a hat, a tea cosy--who knows? And all these fancy names of things--are people just looking up words in a dictionary? Pulling a number out of a hat and turning to that page of a thesaurus (which always seemed to me should be an all-knowing dinosaur, by the way). Care to chime in with your opinion on the issue?

14 comments:

kate said...

This may be a dumb reason for keeping the name as is, but when searching for that pattern in The Abyss I always know which one it is by its title.

You could always call it "Even if you hate babies, you have to admit this one is Stinkin' Cute!!!"

Thesaurus. Hah.

EmilyG said...

How about "Bijwimsey"! That is, BJWMSE...

AnaB said...

How about Rosie's Baby Jacket?

Carol said...

Or how about "Rosemary's Baby Jacket"? har, har.

Why don't you call it the "Clyde's a Cutie" Jacket?

Bridget said...

I think you should have asked Queenie ...

Knitty Delicious said...

I've knit it so many times and I always think of the word
"sassafrass"

So I propose, the Sassafrass Sweater

Anne said...

I've knit that sweater (with and without hood, in Schaefer Elaine) for quite a few babies - three of them were for my own baby! How about Favorite Baby Sweater or Best Baby Sweater?

Anne

Suzanne said...

Charlie. I'd call it Charlie.

Lynne E. said...

Rosie's Best Baby Jacket

Barbara-Kay said...

How about Mossy Baby Jacket? Says it all. LL Bean would be comfy with it!

Gauss said...

I like the idea of keeping it "baby jacket with moss stitch edge" as opposed to some cutie name that doesn't mean much. Like the Knitty patterns - I can never remember if something is a fingerless mitten, a sweater or a cat toy!

Amy McWeasel said...

Moss-Edged Baby Jacket?

FWIW, I also favor pattern names that tell me what it actually is. That said, I also like commenter EmilyG's suggestion of "Bijwimsey" (BJWMSE).

webhill said...

well, there's already a pretty popular jacket called the Mossy Jacket, by f.pea (I've made two of them I must admit and I see 65 projects on Ravelry) so that name is taken. I'd prefer a more concise name than the one you're using - how about "Moss-edged baby jacket?" Or "Rosie's classic baby jacket?"

Courtney Kelley said...

Well, after long deliberation the name stays. We will, however, now always refer to it online and in print as BJWMSE since it's much easier to type! And it's our Project of the Month for March so download it now while it's free!