Well, I kicked around several names for this unruly, "mind-of-its-own" batch. The reddish part couldn't decide if it was burgundy or rust, and the darker area didn't know if it wanted to be brown or gray. Finally, I decided the colors were similar to the rocky ground cover sold at the garden center as "lava rock", so "Lava" is what this batch came to be called. The earrings in the photo were tatted from this new HDT, and are from a pattern that is in my "Boutique Tatting" book.
Speaking of books, here are some newer ones that I have acquired during the last few months. The 3 in the back row are by Iris Niebach, the one with Daisy Picot Patterns is by Riet Surtel-Smeulders, the center one is one of Linda S. Davies' tatted flower books, and the Ornament Tatting 1 is by Heather Johnston. All lovely designs! Of these, the book best suited to beginning tatters (IMHO) would be the one by Heather.