A blog specifically set up to record Knitters' abbreviations, acronyms and commonly used terms. Please feel free to comment or suggest additions, etc. Also includes a list of general net speak.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Definition of a Knitchick?

This blog has been created lightheartedly and the definitions in the lists are meant to be appreciated as interesting in terms of semantics without becoming overbearingly pedantic or political but, mainly, this blog has been created with the intention of saving for posterity some of the wonderful knitting terminology that is now evolving.

With this in mind, I'd like to ask knitters to consider the following question. What is the definition of a Knitchick? Chicks once referred to females and then only young females. Is this still the case and, if so, does this mean that any female knitter not in the first flush of youth is a Knithen (Knit Hen) or, worse still, a Knitboiler?!! :-) And how does one refer to men who knit, young or old? Could it be that Knitchick refers to any member of the new generation (or new age) of knitting rather than the age of the knitters themselves and could Knitchicks indeed also include males? After all, chicks (as in the young of hens) can be male or female, can't they? So, what is the definition of a Knitchick? Has anyone ever seen the term defined?

The list I've compiled is only a start and was put together from a quick trawl of the internet to see what terms came up. I then added a couple that weren't included on the lists I found. I've not yet defined some terms on the list, such as Knitflicks and eXtreme Knitting as well as Knitchick discussed above. Does Knitflicks involve a visit to the cinema or might it just be a group of knitters that have got together to watch a DVD, for instance, and how would you define eXtreme Knitting? All suggestions are welcome as are any comments or terms you think should be altered, deleted or added so please let me know if there's anything I've missed out or that you think ought to be changed.

Photos are also welcome. For example, is your stash so gi-normous that a photo of it could illustrate what is meant by SABLE? In order to encourage this photo sharing, I pledge a small prize to the best photo illustration of SABLE! And if you're not sure what SABLE stands for, check the previous post!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Abbreviations. Acronyms & Common Terms


DPNs Double Pointed Needles
eXtreme Knitting Usually represented by photos of knitters knitting whilst skydiving, scuba diving, bicycling, rock climbing, on rooftops, up a tree, etc. For safety reasons, none of these activities are recommended whilst knitting but it's surprising what can be achieved in the relative safety of the home with the creative use of Photoshop, for example.
FO Finished Object
Frog To rip out a whole row at a time (as in the sound made by a frog, “rip it, rip it, rip it, rip it)”. Compare with tink
HD Happy Dance (celebrating a project’s completion)
HK Hand Knit, Hand Knitted
KIP Knitting in Public
Knitchicks Any of the new age of knitters
Knitflicks Involves a group of knitters watching a film whilst knitting (usually at the cinema)
Knit 'n' Natter A meeting of knitters for knitting and socialising (sim. to Stitch 'n' Bitch)
LYS Local Yarn Store
MK Machine Knit, Machine Knitted
NTINAMY Not That I Need Any More Yarn
SABLE Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy
SEX Stash Enrichment eXpedition
Stash Enhancement eXpedition
Stash Enhancement eXperience
SSS Second Sock Syndrome (a reluctance to knit second sock after completing first one of the pair. Can be remedied by knitting them both at the same time as in the two socks on two circulars method or by getting someone else at the Sock Knitting Exchange to knit the second one for you!)
Stitch 'n' Bitch A meeting of knitters for knitting and socialising (sim. to Knit 'n' Natter)
Tink Unknitting stitch by stitch. Compare with frog. Tink is knit spelt backwards
TOAD Trashed Object Abandoned in Disgust
UFO Un-Finished Object
USO Un-Started Object
WIP Work In Progress
YCZ Yarn Containment Zone. Your closet, room or home
depending on how many WIPs, UFOs and USOs you have


AFAIK As Far As I Know
AIUI As I Understand It
ASL Age, Sex, Location
BB Bulletin Board (forum, message board)
BTW By The Way
<bg> big grin
CYL Catch You Later
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FWIW For What It’s Worth
FYI For Your Information
<g> grin
HTH Hope That Helps
IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer
IIRC If I Recall Correctly
IAE In Any Event
IMCO In My Considered Opinion
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IOW In Other Words
ISO In Search Of (something)
ISRN I’ll Stop Rambling Now
ISTM It Seems To Me
IYSWIM If You See What I Mean
LOL Laughing Out Loud
NAYY No Affiliation Yada Yada
NR No Reply Necessary
OL Out Of Luck
OT Off Topic (not the usual subject matter of the group)
OTOH On The Other Hand
ROFL Roll On Floor Laughing
ROFLOL Roll On Floor Laughing Out Loud
RSN Real Soon Now
SAHM Stay-At-Home-Mum
SITD Still In The Dark
TIA Thanks In Advance
TIFN That’s It For Now
TTYL Talk To You Later
URL Uniform Resource Locator - the full address of a web page or other resource, i.e.
WOMBAT Waste of Money, Brains And Talent
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary (your experience may be different from mine)
<vbg> very big grin


BF Boyfriend
DBF/DB Dear Boyfriend
DD Dear Daughter
DH Dear Husband, Darling Husband, Darned Husband (depending on your mood), Demented Husband (depending on his mood)
DIL Daughter-in-Law
DS Dear Son
DW Dear Wife
FIL Father-in-Law
GF Girlfriend
MIL Mother-in-Law
SWMBO She Who Must Be Obeyed (wife, female partner)
SIL Son-in-Law
SO Significant Other (partner)