I live in the States and it took me quite a while to translate ‘cotton buds’ into the American ‘Q-tips’. Would it be possible to include a UK/US glossary somewhere on your website? And could I also use chopsticks where you quote ‘bamboo skewers’?

April 18th, 2011

To save you from wasting valuable knitting time having to translate from British to American, here are a few items I use that have different names across the Atlantic. Chenille stems are pipe cleaners; cocktail sticks are tooth picks; and wadding is batting. The bamboo skewers I use are sometimes called ‘satay skewers’ and are much thinner than chopsticks. They are just a little bit thicker than a toothpick, are pointed on one end only, and usually come in 12in/30cm lengths.