name this orange

ok, SO . . . mona and stephanie at dye dreams have come up with an incredibly scrumptious new merino/cashmere/nylon blend yarn called classy sox. we are celebrating by using it in the design for the first installment of their 2009 four seasons sock club.

i asked for a cheerful, pick-me-up orange to design with, knowing that this sock would be coming to you in january—a pretty gray month in the north, yet the height of citrus season in the south.

and they came through with the perfect thing—a juicy, happy, orangey orange.
the only problem is, they canNOT think of a name for the colorway.

but they did think of a brilliant solution—they want YOU to pick a name for the orange yarn (not the sock).

leave a comment with your suggested color name(s) by midnight EST on tuesday, december 29th and i will compile a list, then trim it down to a shortlist (this part will be subjective, but as fair as possible).

i will publish the shortlist on december 30th and you can vote for the name that best represents this colorway (ONE vote per person, please; voting will close on thursday, december 31st, at midnight EST).

the contributor whose name wins the most votes will receive a gift of a gansey sock kit from dye dreams, to be shipped when the club kits go out in january.

orange you glad you stopped by??

346 Responses to “name this orange”

  1. CAthy says:


  2. franee says:

    Mandarin Marmalade (a real thing too)

  3. Kim Bradley says:


  4. Trish B says:

    Another one-Christmas Clementine, since that’s wen we get them here.

  5. diane says:


    Or Shag Carpet (this is looks just like the orange shag carpet I got in my new bedroom in 1969)

  6. Krista M says:

    “Vitamin C”

    Because you need vitamin c in the winter just as much as you need a cheery orange yarn to get thru the winter blahs!

  7. Celaina says:

    Oscar the Cat. Remember Oscar from commercials years ago? He so needs to be memorialized. 🙂

  8. Penny says:

    Caribbean Sunset

  9. Zoe (Renowyth) says:


    It’s a Japanese name for Satsuma/clementines.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Jalabi. It’s a candy from India.

  11. heather says:

    Butternut Love
    reminds me of the yummy soup!

  12. Ronni says:

    I thought of cantaloupe too. Only living with the horrible punster that I do, my suggestion is “Can’t Elope”

  13. Päivi says:

    What a lovely, lovely colour!
    It is just Passion, because it got me thinking of passion fruit – it’s inner colour, so beautiful.
    I’m loving it alredy!

  14. Creamsicle — this totally looks like those creamsicle pops!

  15. April says:

    Orange Twist

    it reminds me of the orange’s innards after you twist the rind for frshly squeezed juice.


    Twisted Sister

    that’s just funny though!

  16. Karen Berglund says:

    Blood Orange Sangria

  17. Sharon says:

    How about Honeydew – a great orange drink we used to get in Toronto.

  18. Johanna says:

    Radiant corona. I think that that is what we all need in January (well, at least those of us in the northern hemisphere!).

    Lovely, lovely color!

  19. Neuroknitter says:

    So many wonderful names have been suggested already! Wowie!!

    How about:

    Rose hip

  20. Daisy says:

    Sun kissed sunset

  21. Hester says:

    Orange Dreams

  22. Kim Bradley says:

    Ah–I thought I might have been wrong, so I looked it up… Campari. That’s the Italian liqueur made of orange peels.

  23. Lauren says:

    Juicy! Pomeranze! Saftig!

  24. Arlene says:

    Chinese Lantern, just trying to get away from food 😉

  25. sherri reider says:

    What about Able Navel?

  26. sherr says:

    Tangy tangelo

  27. sherr says:

    last but not least, “OH My Darling Clementine”

  28. Susan says:

    Spiced Pumpkin

  29. Debby says:

    Honeybell!! They’re shipped in early January–sweetest, juiciest orange there is.

  30. Anne says:

    Citrus Smash

  31. Melissa says:

    Orange You Glad
    Tangelo Luscious
    Tasty Tangerine
    Tangerine Delight

    It’s a wonderful color!

  32. Linda Loba says:


  33. Sarah says:

    I thought of Orange You Sweet, Navel Gazing, Tangelo Glow or Tangelo Aglow as names for this beautiful color. I really like Fuzzy Navel, Clementine and Zest from the comments.

  34. Regina says:

    Tangier Sunset

  35. Micki says:

    How about Alligator Frenzy? (The Gators are from Florida!)

  36. Joan says:

    Orange Zinger
    Orange Zeal
    Orange Peal (the loud ringing of bells or loud succession of sounds, tones and also peel)
    Orange O Orange
    Orange A Peel

    (Although I must say I like someone’s suggestion of Orange Zest. Says it all.)

  37. barbinvic says:

    These folks have some serious yarn-naming talent! I do not, but I saw marigolds when I looked at this yarn, so I’m throwing “Sun Kissed Marigold” into the ring.

    What a lovely yarn to knit with when everything is so grey!

  38. Grace says:

    So many wonderful suggestions.
    My humble addition is:
    Carrot Bottoms.
    Such fun on a cold winter’s day.

  39. Marla says:

    Orange Squish because it is orange (obviously) and the fiber content is deliciously squishy.

  40. Mary-Anne says:

    Color of Her Soul

  41. CaroleP (ohio) says:

    Since my background is German – neo orange
    or French – nouveau orange

    They’re all great!

  42. Dawn says:

    Kissed Navel

  43. Vanessathe says:

    As several other commenters have mentioned, orange yarn is not usually on the top of my list, but this one might be the exception.

    Other name suggestions:

    Osage Orange
    Madras Curry
    Orange Slice

  44. Sara says:

    Orange You Glad?

  45. Tanya says:

    Don’t know if anyone has suggested this but how about Sun Burst? Or is it Sunburst? I do love Sockwork Orange–very clever.