A Knitter’s Dictionary
In a previous edition of Knitter’s Notebook, I put out a call for wool words, made-up words that enrich our knitting lives and help us express all that we make and love.
I am happy to report a rich and robust response! In gratitudiknit, I’ve assembled a list of wool words that readers posted. Test them out with your own stash of knitters. Practice pronouncing strickenfreude and strickfreunde in the bathroom mirror, and then, have some linguistic fun when you talk about your knitting. Shout them out loud when your neighborhood high plains knitter trots by. Write about your memorystitch, lovehugs, and sadknits. Hum them in your woolery.
A Knitter’s Dictionary of Wool Words
awe: wonder and amazement [about knitting, knitters, handknit objects]—Vicki.
I’m “in awe” that you made such a beautiful item. I’m “in awe” that you took the time to create this for me.
a cozy of knitters [collective noun] A group of knitters.—K.T.
Much to her delight, a cozy of knitters was gathered around the campfire.
gratitudiknit: A deep appreciation for everything associated with knitting.—Mary Lou
We nearly burst with gratitudiknit when we received her gift of wool, unspun and rich with possibilities.
high plains knitter: Knitting set in the old West.—Ann Hagen
She adored Clint Eastwood, the famous high plains knitter, and never missed a chance to catch a glimpse of him knitting on horseback.
hugknit: A handknit item that feels like a hug.—Lisa
She left everything else behind; taking only her favorite hugknit, the blanket her father knit for her when she was a baby.
joyfulknit: A knitter’s joy.—Karen Bond
Grandmother chose a pale rose for the joyfulknits she made, two matching cardigans that her little granddaughters wore to their mother’s wedding.
knittinsmitten: To be deeply in love with knitting and/or handknit mittens.—Diane
Knittinsmitten, she filled her closets with skeins of alpaca, merino, and cashmere.
knitter-by: When the sound of knitting needles are a lullaby.—KT
After the story, the water, and the night-nights, I’d sit on the corner of my girlie’s bed with my needles and wool for her knitterby.
knitlifted: When a handknit goes missing under circumstances suggesting foul play.—Elizabeth
She suspected her favorite sweater had been knitlifted from the dry cleaning pile.
knitter’s high/knitting nirvana/knitvana: That place in a project where it all makes sense and the knitting just flows. —Mary Ellen and Karen
After frogging the lace shawl, he cast on again, and soon was in knitting nirvana.
a kindness of knitters [collective noun]—Margaret
A kindness of knitters was greeted by a parade in their honor.
knitgape (nit-gä′pā):A love that encompasses both knitting and receiving knits.—Sarah W.
She slipped the shawl on the stranger’s shoulders, the spirit of knitgape entwining them.
knitworthy: Describing one whom you love dearly, and who will also love what you knit for them.—Cat
He was a keeper, and knitworthy, to boot!
lovehugs: Handknit object that gives the wearer the feeling of a hug.—Uleedog
We wrapped our baby gently in the softest of love hugs, and took her home.
loveknits: Handknits made with love for the recipent.—Betty Danzi
Her loveknits could warm the coldest hearts.
memorystitch: Remembering a knitter through the things that they knit.—Jennifer Johnson
She could never give away the sweaters her beloved grandmother knit her, every bit of them was a vivid memorystitch.
mommyhug sweater: Sweaters that when worn feel like a mother’s hug.—Regina Mary
The mommyhug sweater she knit the boys in her life gave them the courage to be brave.
peaceknit: A handknit which calmed the knitter’s soul during the making of it.—Karen Bond
He was a young homesick sailor when he received his favorite peaceknit, a sky blue scarf his mother made him to keep him warm at sea, and soothe her own troubled soul.
portable hug: Feeling a hug from a handknit.—Marilyn Rybarczyk
It was a tough time, and the lucky ones were those with a portable hug, wooly and warm on their shoulders.
returnknits: Handknits returned to the knitter after the original recipients are done with them or have outgrown them.—Beccary
One by one she mended and washed the returnknits, still rich with memory of her children when they were young.
sadknit: Handknits made for or worn at sad or solemn occasions.—Karen Bond
I made a sadknit to wear to my dad’s funeral; it had a rainbow stripe running through it, because it would have made him smile.
shknit-list: A temporary list of ungrateful or careless recipients of a knitter’s hard work.—Karkilic
I love my family dearly, but when they lose a knit I made for them, they’re on my shknit-list for a while.
strickenfreude: 1. [mangled German] The deep wish that someone had knit that for you.—Kay Gardiner
She looked with strickenfreude at the Savage Heart Cardigan; it was the sweater of her dreams.
2. [actual German, in which freude = joy] experiencing fun while knitting.—Sigrid
Turning the heel of her lacy sock was a moment of pure strickenfreude.
strickfreunde: Knitting with friends [German, in which freunde = friends]—Sigrid
She enjoyed knitting alone, but she preferred strickfreunde.
a swatch of knitters: [collective noun]—Judy Welles
A swatch of knitters meets every Saturday morning at Home Ec Workshop in Iowa City, Iowa.
warmthful: Handknits that warm the body and soul.—Marilyn Rybarczyk
How could he forget to pack his warmthfuls?
whipstash: De-stashing, followed immediately by re-stashing.—Cristina Shiffman
She took the Marie Kondo pledge, emptying wool from the closets, the drawers, and the hiding places in the cupboard. One late fall evening, on a unplanned visit to her local yarn store, she whipstashed, refilling her home with wool.
woolery: 1. Abode or haunt of wool. 2. Storage space for a knitter’s stash.—Mary Ellen Cortizas
Like an owlery, the woolery is the place our wool inhabits.