I had a Norwegian speaking family where knitting was commonplace and, in fact, never even looked at an knitting pattern in English until I was almost 30 years old. Now while my wrist heals, weaving has again captured my attention. Reading through Husflidens vevbok by Tone Elsabeth Paulsen (1983), a book long-buried in my bookshelf makes me wish someone in the family had been an active weaver!
As any fiber artist knows, each art and craft has a vocabulary onto itself. This means that unless skilled in a specific art or craft, even a native speaker of a language most likely will not know the vocabulary specific to that art or craft.
So now I’m learning to read a Norwegian weaving pattern and quickly adding to my Norwegian vocabulary. In the bottom of this post are JPGs of my Norwegian weaving-specific vocabulary to date. (I’ve included the words for some basic colors too.) The list is available as a downloadable PDF on a static page at the top of my blog. I welcome all corrections and/or additions. Upon receipt I will update the static page.
In my next post, I will explain how to translate a Norwegian weaving draft (draw down) and basic written instructions.