These days, we don’t waste time thinking up dreamy names for our hand-spun wools. We rarely produce more than a half-dozen of any design, so we’d be up all night trying to name them all – and would most likely go to bed late and worn out, and end up recycling old names. We prefer to leave our customers to make their own associations between what they see on the displays in the Hebridean Woolshed, and what they see in the landscapes, seas and skies around them, here in Uist. They’ll be all the happier for not being told by us what to think.
And what about this one? I’m afraid all we would be able to come up with (were we obliged to do so) is ‘Assorted Peppers’ – the mix of colours of the many sweet and chilli peppers that we harvest from our greenhouses each year. Whether that makes this yarn – or such a name – authentically ‘Hebridean’ or not, is a matter for others to debate : we’re already working on the next projects that hopefully will – like almost everything we make – defy any attempt at systematic name-giving!