Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I'm a Knitster!!

While looking around online the other day, I ran across a digitized version of the following book:
A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century, Vol. 2. by James Orchard Halliwell, Esq, F.R.S., London: John Russell Smith. 1868.

WOW!  14th Century!

If you get the chance, be sure to check this book out. There are so many fun words that I would love to bring into the 21st century!  But what really caught my eye were the terms related to fiber arts.

knet--Knit; tied.
Knettar--A string or cord.
Knit--(1) To knit one up, to reprove him.  To knit up a matter, to finish it. To knit up a man, to confine him.  (2) Joined; bound; agreed. (3) To unite; to hang together. Also, to set, as fruit blossoms.
Knitster--A female who knits.
Knitting Pins--Knitting-needles.

Blue Ridge Parkway--Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm
 the spinning wheel that I learned to spin on

Spinnel--A spindle.
Spinner--A spider.
Spinning-Turn--A spinning-wheel.
Sponene--Spun; woven.

Blue Ridge Parkway--Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm
The first fabric that I ever wove from wool that I spun

Web--A weaver.
Webster--A weaver.

I am proud to call myself a knitster and a webster who also uses a spinning-turn!

Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 


  1. I'll be working some of those terms into my conversations soon! Delightful.

  2. Some of these terms crack me up, especially "knitster." It makes me think of the 60s!


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