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, January 06, 2006

Happy New Year!

Well, it's been a while since the KnitSpeak blog has been updated. Ra has received her prize, as has Tari who received a runner up prize of 200g Hip Knits silk. (Scroll down and you'll see that the silk has been custom-dyed by Kerrie in some lovely purples).

With my own blog, KnitYoga, and the Curly Whirlies blog which I also administer, I've been finding it increasingly difficult to give as much time as I would like to KnitSpeak. I am therefore grateful to Katie, who a lot of you will know from her blog, Daisychains, for agreeing to help to administer KnitSpeak.


I hope you all had a good Xmas/Yule/holiday and wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Friday, November 18, 2005

And the Winner is . . .

Ra has won the KnitSpeak Photo Competition with her depiction of KIP below.

Well done, Ra! Please could you email me here to let me have your contact details so that I can liaise with Kerrie on the 400g Hip Knits custom-dyed silk.

The results at close of voting at 12pm today were as follows:

Photo 1 ten votes
Photo 2 eight votes
Photo 3 one vote
Photo 4 six votes
Photo 5 four votes
Photo 6 fifteen votes
Photo 7 one vote
Photo 8 one vote
Photo 9 two votes
Photo 10 four votes

Thanks to everyone who entered photos and also to those who took the time to vote!

Tari, as the runner-up, with your wonderful "frogging" photo, I think you deserve a little something as a runner up prize. Please could you email personally here to let me have your contact details so that I can arrange to send it to you.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Please Vote NOW!

Please take some time to help us decide the outcome of the KnitSpeak Competition as the winner must now be decided upon and a poll has been set up so that this can be done. The winner will receive 400g of Hip Knits Silk (200g of which Kerrie of Hip Knits has kindly offered to donate). Kerrie has also very generously offered to custom dye the silk to the winner's choice of colours! The competition involved the entrants submitting photos depicting examples of knitters' terminology such as frogging, SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy), WIP (Works in Progress), KIP (Knitting in Public), etc. There have been ten photos entered which are reproduced below. A photo gallery containing all of the photos has also been created so, if you would prefer to look at the entries in Flickr to see them in a larger format before deciding which photo is the best depiction of the knitters' terminology illustrated, just click on KnitSpeak Competition Photos under Photo Albums in the sidebar on the right. Click on each photo separately in the Flickr gallery to enlarge.

When you've decided upon which photo you think should be the winning one, please vote for it by selecting the number of that photo on the voting form (which is, again, in the sidebar on the right) before clicking the Vote button. Please remember only one vote per person is allowed. Whichever entry has the most votes at 12pm on Friday 18th November will be the winning entry. In the event of a draw, the winner will be decided upon by drawing lots. Thank you for taking the time to help decide the winner!

Photo 1 Frogging
Photo 2 Single Sock Syndrome

Photo 3 SABLE
Photo 4 SABLE

Photo 5 KIP
Photo 6 KIP

Photo 7 Frogging
Photo 8 WIP

Photo 9 Swatch
Photo 10 SABLE

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Joan's Photo (SABLE - Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy)

This is the last day of the KnitSpeak competition and there's another entry, this time from Joan, who has chosen to depict SABLE and I have to say, I think this photo depicts it rather well.

Joan says she is a yarnoholic and, in case you're not convinced, take a look at her other photos which show the rest of her stash! You can see them here and, also, here! Thanks, Joan!

I now need to put all of the photos into a gallery in the sidebar so that the winning photo can be chosen. Watch this space!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Three More Photos - Frogging, WIP & Swatch

Three more photos have been submitted for the KnitSpeak competition. The first, below, is from Anne and depicts frogging.

Then we have two photos from Rachel, WIP below . . . . .

. . . . . and, on the right, Swatch. Thanks, Anne and Rachel! Don't forget that the deadline is the 31st October and then the winner of the 400g of Hip Knits silk will be decided.

Thanks also go to Beverley who has suggested some new terms (which have now been added to the list) that she picked up from a new knitting board that she's joined. These are TOAD - Trashed Object Abandoned in Disgust and NTINAMY - Not Than I Need Any More Yarn. One for the general internet speak list as well is WOMBAT - Waste Of Money, Brains And Talent!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Ra's photo (KIP - Knitting In Public)

KnitSpeak has received the photo below from Ra as our next submission in the competition. Here we have another variation on knitting in public.

Apparently, the photo was taken at Welford Road, home of the Leicester Tigers Rugby Union Club, before kick off on Friday night. Ra said that the match wasn't as good as the knitting as there was a bad-tempered draw, two players sent off and two sin binned (one of each from each team)! Many thanks, Ra, for submitting this great photo!

We've had such wonderful photos, I think it's going to be really difficult to choose a winner! Anyway, if you still wish to enter, you'd better get your skates on, guys, because the deadline has now been set for the end of October. There is good news, too, in that Kerrie of Hip Knits has noticed the KnitSpeak competition whilst blog browsing and has very generously offered to share the cost of the Hip Knits silk with me so this means that instead of 300g of silk for the winner, the prize will now be 200g from Kerrie and 200g from me making enough for a full size clapotis! Not only that but Kerrie has also offered to custom dye the silk to the winner's choice of colourway. Isn't that fantastic!? Thank you very much, Kerrie!

So, get those cameras clicking, folks. Remember, you can submit a photo to illustrate any of the terms in the list and you are allowed as many entries as you like. If someone else has submitted a photo for a particular term, that doesn't stop you from submitting one, too, as long as no one person submits photos for the same term more than once.

Thanks also to Beverley for sending me some new terms to add to the KnitSpeak list. I will mention these in my next post and add them to the list. KnitSpeak is always glad to receive new acronyms and terminology, etc, to add to its list as preserving these for posterity is what it's all about!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Anne's Photo (KIP - Knitting In Public)

I was really pleased to receive this photo from Anne as our next submission in the Knitspeak competition. Anne has taken her knitting to new heights of reverence by knitting in church to illustrate KIP! Anne comments that she has also been known to kip while knitting although not usually while knitting in public! What a great photo! Thanks, Anne!

Well, having just finished a clapotis in Hipknits Silk, I realise that one skein is not going to go a long way. It would also be nice to encourage a few more photos so to tempt you generous people into submitting photos, I've decided that the prize will be enough Hipknits Silk to make a fairly decent sized clapotis. In other words, three skeins! So, come on guys, get those cameras clicking!