From cast off to purl, pincushion to tack, there are many words associated with knitting. As part of the Oxford English Dictionary’s 90th birthday celebrations, we have a host of fun initiatives taking place, including a number of public word appeals. Our latest appeal focuses on expanding the dictionary’s coverage of the language of hobbies and we would be delighted if you and your readers could help us.
A number of knitting terms are, of course, already included in the dictionary. For example, we have recently added an entry for FROG (to pull apart a piece of knitting in order to rework it, current earliest date 1996) and are monitoring the word STASH (one’s store of wool or fabric, current earliest date 1992).
We would love your readers to tell us the words they use when they describe a particular technique or a slang and colloquial expression that has arisen in the knitting community. How do your readers use these words? Perhaps they have evidence of earlier usage? What new words and phrases are coming into use?
Words can be suggested via our online submissions form or the hashtag #hobbywords.
Clair Crowston used a garter carriage for her summer top and some tuck stitch patterns give the same classy texture. It’s knitted in Yeoman Panama 4-ply and this popular blend washes like a dream and knits easily to any 4-ply pattern. If you order a latest issue and subscription bundle, we’ll send you this issue and your August 2018 magazine will be mailed out on Thursday 5th July.
June 2018 was officially on sale on 10th May. Anne Baker’s lace cardigan on the front cover is one of her all-time best sellers and easily knitted from a cone of 4-ply.
We’ve had confirmation that Bournemouth School for Girls is available to welcome us all to Machine Knitting LIVE! You’ll remember that we had to cancel the show at the beginning of March, when much of the country was covered in snow and ice. So many missed this great event and we’re delighted to let you all know that Saturday 6th October 2018 is confirmed as the new date for the show. More details will follow, so watch this space!
This is our June 2018 magazine but July 2018 has gone out to subscribers and just been delivered from the printer, so it’s now our latest issue, officially on sale on 14th June. If you order a latest issue and subscription bundle, we’ll send you July and your August 2018 magazine will be posted on Thursday 5th July. Look out for the cover and all the July details next week.
The Anne Baker cover design of our May 2018 issue is one of the most popular patterns we’ve published recently. It looks complicated to knit but it’s plain, simple stocking stitch. The yarn does all the work and there’s a huge colour choice in King Cole Drifter and extra shades in Drifter For Baby. Visit www.kingcole.com/knitting-wool/drifter-dk/ to discover more.
April 2018 is our latest issue, officially on sale on 8th March. If you order a latest issue and subscription bundle, we’ll send you this issue and your May 2018 magazine will be posted on Thursday 5th April.
Friday 2nd March After speaking with all the exhibitors, the school and friends in Bournemouth, I’ve decided to cancel the show. Some exhibitors had already set off, as some roads are clear. However, safety must come first and the dreadful weather across much of the country means we must all stay safe. Please spread the word as best you can and I’m truly sorry this year’s event can’t go ahead.
Ann Croucher posted at 11.00 am this morning (Friday) in her Facebook Group The Bournemouth show is cancelled. We had storm Emma come in last night and there is ice everywhere. It might all melt by tomorrow, but there are trees down, crashed and abandoned vehicles and it would be very dangerous for the exhibitors to travel today to set up in time for tomorrow – though some had set off early this morning to try to reach us. Apparently the Dunkirk spirit is still going strong. Please contact anyone you know might have been intending to travel to the show, just to be sure that the news is passed around asap.
Thursday 1st March (The first day of Spring!) We spoke to the school this morning and everything is ticking over as usual. The roads in and out are okay and the forecast for Saturday is five degrees, chilly with a thick cloud cover and a little rain in the afternoon, so we’re still optimistic. We haven’t had an update from the area about the progress of Storm Emma, but we’re keeping a close watch.
Anne Croucher posted at 11.23 am on Wednesday in her Facebook Group “If you are coming to the Machine knitting LIVE! do in Bournemouth this Saturday and are worried about the snow, there isn’t any around here. It is too warm for it I think – the year the country looked like an iced biscuit when viewed by satellite, we were the bit at the edge which had been missed. The road to the school is a main thoroughfare anyway, and close to the hospital. so it would be amongst the first roads to be treated if there is ice, but that is a rarity too. The ground is simply too warm here.”
Wednesday 28th February At 11.00 am we’ve just spoken to friends in Bournemouth. There’s no snow and any frost there may have been overnight is gone. The sun is shining and the sky is blue. It’s cold, but there’s no frost to be seen on roof tops and the roads are running smoothly.
The ‘beast from the east’ has definitely blown in and the weather has disrupted travel in some parts of the country. At present our Bournemouth Show will go ahead this Saturday and we’ll keep the website updated for your reassurance.
I am currently keeping everything crossed that the red weather warnings around the country are lifted before Saturday so that all the exhibitors can make it to the show. The Beast from the East is due to hit me here in Somerset this afternoon and we are all being advised to be warm and indoors by 12.00 noon before it hits! Hueemonster the Van is loaded to the hilt with Yarn, Spares and Books and we really hope to see everyone on Saturday as planned!
Hi Anne, just wondering if you know of anyone not too far from Old Windsor who is going to Bournemouth on Saturday? I’m desperate to go and I’ve arranged for someone to sit with my Aged P. Will pay petrol if anyone is willing and I can meet someone not too far away, but I’m just not sure my car will make it all the way to the show. Here’s hoping, Clare
Your prayers have been answered Clare and we’ve had the offer of a lift for you.