This is our Glossary!
(Note: These notes are chronological according to the episode they are mentioned in, not alphabetical.)
TNNA (Episode #1) : The National Needle Arts Association
Stitches (Episode #1): A show put on by the folks who bring us Knitter’s Magazine, they do four regional fiber shows a year. Choose the one closest to you and go!
Rhinebeck (Episode #1): The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Dutchess County, NY. Commonly called “Rhinebeck” for the city in which it’s held.
OTN: “On The Needles” — what knitters say to indicate the project(s) they are currently working on.
Ripping Back (Episode #3) — also known as “frogging.” The process of removing the needles from your project and deliberately pulling on your working yarn to unravel back to a specific point… or to destroy a UFO that you no longer want to spend time on. Sometimes called “frogging” because of the noise frogs make: “rip-it, rip-it.” 🙂
“Yarn Harlot” (Episode #3) — Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Writer. Knitter. Hero.
UFO: “UnFinished Object” — exactly what it sounds like. Whatever you started and didn’t complete.
Boom Mic (Episode #3) — a microphone mounted on a long pole, used in film and television for recording dialogue.
Swatch — a small, usually about 4″x4″ sample of knitting. Knitted for many reasons: to try out a new stitch, to figure out gauge, to see how a yarn behaves when blocked, etc.
Gauge — the amount of stitches per inch in any given piece of knitting. Gauge is affected by the weight of yarn, the size of needles, and the tension of the knitter.
Errata (Episode #6) — notes provided by the publisher of a book (or internet pattern) to correct a mistake in the book. Provided free by the publisher.
Color Pools (Episode #6) — the way the color in a yarn “concentrates” or “pools” in one place when you knit it.
Tension (Episode #6) — how tightly you hold the yarn when you knit.
Cakes, Skeins, Hanks, and Balls (Episode #6) — different ways to package yarn. Click here to see examples.
“TINK” (Episode #7) — T.I.N.K. It’s “KNIT” backwards, so that’s what you do: you knit backwards to the point that you made a mistake.
Color Fastness (Episode #7) — how much dye “bleeds” out of the yarn when you wash it. Ideally, none will bleed out, which means the yarn is color-fast, and won’t stain anything else. The term “fast” is used in the old sense, equivalent to “stick tight,” as in “hold fast.”
LYS (Episode #8) — Local Yarn Store. The one near you!
“Magic Loop” (Episode #8) — The most wonderful invention for knitting in the round EVER! Click here for more information. (Scroll down to the Magic Loop video.)
Brick & Mortar (Episode #8) — a real-life store that you can walk into and touch things, as opposed to an online store, where you can’t.
Gingher Scissors (Episode #8) — the best scissors in the world. Expensive but worth it, and their customer service is brilliant.
OMG (Episode #8) — Oh My God!
Bill Nye (Episode #8) — Bill Nye the Science Guy. Click here to see the intro to his show. Brilliant scientist who speaks to Congress, he had a kid’s show in the late 80s/early 90s.
BTW (Episode #9) — By The Way
X Box (Episode #9) — a video game system, very popular with people who spend a lot of time on their couches.
Starch (Episode #9) — exactly what it sounds like. Sometimes it’s cornstarch dissolved in cold water, or you can use a commercial laundry starch. It’s a liquid or spray solution used to stiffen clothing. Originally, it was used to repel dirt, and it still works for that, but nowadays, it’s used to stiffen fabric. An item is soaked, then allowed to dry, and ironed.
Block (Episode #9) — the process of pinning wet, damp, or dry knitting (finished) into its desired shape, and then either leaving it to dry, or steaming it with a hot iron or steamer. When dry, natural fibers will retain the finished (blocked) shape.
I-Cord (Episode #13) — Knitting a very small tube, usually only 3-5 stitches around. Nice for simple bracelets, or decoration. Here’s a good video showing how to do it:
MythBusters (Episode #13) — an awesome TV show where they verify the truth of urban legends and myths. We love Jamie and Adam.