Blogtoberfest Day 15 – Does anyone out there understand knitspeak?

I’ve been on a bit of a pilgrimage (ha!!) over the last few weeks visiting lots of blogs, and the variety has been wonderful! But I have to say that the knitting blogs have got me stumped. Don’t get me wrong – I love knitting, and was taught to knit (the European way) by my Polish grandma before I was old enough to go to school. I made myself a fair isle vest in high school out of Bluebell crepe. And I’ve churned out jumpers and socks and baby clothes and shawls. But I’m having trouble with the new ‘language’ of knitting.

Being a dressmaker, I always thought a frog was a fastening on a Chinese garment, but no it seems to mean unravelling something when you’re not happy with it. OK, I’ve mastered WIPs and FOs too.

But could someone please explain to me what a clapotis is? I thought it was some kind of French dessert, but alas no, thats a clafoutis:

And what’s KAL (Potassium aluminium …??) and MS4 (Manganese tetrasulphate??) – there goes my nerdy scientific side.

But I really would like to know what a clapotis is (are??)


So for todays button hit I thought I’d show you some fabulous Australian hardwood buttons that I found a couple of months ago – I reckon they’d look great on hand knitted garments:


These have the most beautiful grain.


These two are huge: 9cm, 10cm!!

Love these rustic hearts!

Join in the Blogtoberfest fun over at Big Cat’s Emporium!

Don’t forget to leave a comment on my earlier post if you want to enter my vintage button giveaway, being drawn Sat evening 18th October.

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  1. Okay, here’s all I know…

    KAL – knit a long
    Frogging – it is unraveling….
    Clapotis – try this link

  2. I love all of the buttons you show us! It’s terrific. I’ve tagged you in a meme today on my site. Can’t wait to see the rest of the buttons you pull out for blogtober!

  3. Stacy gave you the link…but that’s just the pattern, not the story! A clapotis (or a clappy, for those of us in the know!) is possibly the most successful pattern in the online knit-world. On Ravelry (an online knit-crochet community, forum and resource), there are over 8000 listed projects and it gets “queued” (ie added to a want-to-knit list)about 20 times every day.

    You should make one! All the cool kids are knitting them!! 😉

    MS4 is “mystery stole #4” – a KAL whereby you sign up and are given the pattern for a stole in instalments, and you dont know whats coming next. This is the fourth time its run.

  4. i learned something new today! just from the three comments here. i am not a knitter – i am a sew-er (without the dash, that looked funny!) but someday . . .

    those buttons are very cool! what a good find!

  5. I just had a little look on ravelry. It seems to me originaly it was a pattern for a scarf, knitted on a bias with dropped or double wrapped stitches between rows making long open spaces between rows of knitting. Now other patterns using this bias knit with open sections have also been developed. Heres the link for a picture

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