Monday, May 25, 2009
Twits and Snits and Slubs, Oh My!
In a snit over twits and slubs?
One of the greatest things about learning a new craft is all the words that go with it. It's like learning code. Here are a couple of my faves.
Slub - a fat place in the spun strand. Pure Evil if you want a consistent diameter. Pure Fun if you're going for funky. A slub can also be called a burl.
Twit - a too-skinny place in the spun strand. Also, a bad-mannered, preferably skinny, bratty English kid.
Snit - a state of emotional irritation. Not a spinning term but one that often applies, especially when I am trying to make nice, even, consistent, smooth, perfect yarn but what comes out of my hands are twits and slubs.
Illustration by Quentin Blake, from The Twits, by Roald Dahl