As you know, all of the yarns in our range are named after women. To begin with, I picked names that I thought sounded Posh (lots of them from Georgette Heyer novels!), some of the earlier ones were Cordelia, Lucia, Seraphina, Henrietta. But as our range has swelled (I think we’ve had over 100 different yarns at one point or another), I’ve started picking out names for more than just their sound. I’ve started using names that mean something to me, from people I find inspirational.
When we first got the cobweb weight merino/silk/cashmere, I didnt have to look far for the right name for it. Valerie is a very dear friend of mine, more family than friend, really, and she is someone I really look up to. She is truly Posh. Would you like to meet her? I thought you might…………
Do you remember the two friends I went to America with recently? Well, Valerie is the mum of these two lovelies (who have an equally lovely brother). So I grew up with her in my life, albeit as the mother of my friends. But in the last couple of years, we’ve grown really close, and any generation gap that might have existed when I was a kid has vanished now. Mind you, that’s partly because Val has the secret of eternal youth (just like Tony!). She’s one of the wisest women I know, and has certainly been through her share of trials, but she’s never lost her sense of fun, of excitement, of curiosity, and of joie de vivre. She embodies joie de vivre. I hope that one day I might be as strong as she is, as capable, as brave. She is incredibly honest, and faithful, and true to herself. She’s really funny too.
She’s also one of the most loving people I know, and its no coincidence that her family is one of the happiest, most supportive, most joyous families that I know of. These people really know how to have fun, how to make a holiday out of an ordinary day. I love that about them.
I feel very blessed indeed to have Valerie’s friendship in my life, and I try my best to be a good friend to her to, by being supportive, and telling her how much I value and love her. I don’t think that Val has to try; it comes naturally to her to be nurturing and kind and supportive. I would like to think that she’s a good influence on me. I wish I was more like her.
She’s also very good at coming up with colourway names, some of my recent favourites are actually from her. And she patiently taught me to crochet last week. Thank you Val! You are an inspiration in every possible way. Don’t ever change. Not one teeny bit.