As much as I love the international knitting community, I thought it useful to record some Australian knitting vocabulary and language useage for posterity. It might also help interpret some of my posts.
- The stitches I knit are plain and purl.
- Alternating rows of plain and purl is stocking stitch.
- I knit jumpers and cardigans. Sometimes I knit a jersey.
- The ribbed bit at the bottom of a jumper or cardigan, or any other garment for that matter, is a basque.
- I use needles to knit with; straight and round.
- Wool is 2ply, 3ply, 4ply, 5ply, 8ply and 12ply regardless of the number of strands in the wool.
- I knit with wool regardless of the fibre composition in the ball.
- When my wool is wool it is probably Merino it just isn't on the ball band as a marketing tool. Less the case now than with vintage wools, admittedly.
- Wool comes in balls and sometimes in hanks.
- I rarely knit a tension square.
- If I need to undo my knitting, I take it off the needle and unravel it or I knit back a bit.
- To finish a piece, I cast off.
- The pieces are sewn up.
- If it is a toe, I graft it (or give it to the Happy Spider to graft but that's just me, not all Australian knitters do that).
- Then I darn in the ends of joined balls.
- The finished item is knitted.
This is NOT criticism, it is documenting our changing use of language with, perhaps, a touch of affection for some quaint and disappearing terms.