from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The occupation of knitting.
  • noun A piece of knitting, with needles, ball of yarn, etc.
  • noun Any occupation for the hands which leaves the mind unemployed and permits conversation.


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  • Without replying, Annette folded her knitting-work, rolled up her ball of wool, kissed her mother on the cheeks, gave her hand to the two gentlemen, and departed quickly, as if she glided away without disturbing the air as she went.

    Strong as Death

  • Jane had her knitting-work, and Mrs. Wood busied herself about her mending.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 43, May, 1861 Creator

  • Budget could no more sit down without knitting-work, or a sock to darn, in her hands, than she could fly.

    Lessons in Life A Series of Familiar Essays

  • Mrs. Scudder, who thought, mentally, "Now for it!" and laid down her knitting-work, and eyed her cousin anxiously.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 18, April, 1859

  • Mrs. Scudder and her daughter, being prepared for the call, sat in afternoon dignity and tranquillity, in the best room, with their knitting-work.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859

  • Lurindy did what they'd got very much into the habit of doing, -- cried; and I said, I should think I was going to be buried, instead of married; and Stephen took my knitting-work away, and said, as I had knit all our trouble and all our joy into that thing, he meant to keep it just as it was; and that was the end of my knitting sale-socks.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

  • How dreamy the winter twilight came in there, -- as yet the candles were not lighted, -- when the crickets chirped around the dark stone hearth, and shifting tongues of flame flickered and cast dancing shadows and elfish lights on the walls, while grandmother nodded over her knitting-work, and puss purred, and old

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • Tears dropped fast on her knitting-work; but when Tom woke up, she spoke kindly, and tried to atone for her ill-temper.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866

  • The happiest person whom I saw there (and, running hastily through my experiences, I hardly recollect to have seen a happier one in my life, if you take a careless flow of spirits as happiness) was an old woman that lay in bed among ten or twelve heavy-looking females, who plied their knitting-work round about her.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • When my husband did not return at supper-time, I felt rather anxious, but thought he might be delayed, as he sometimes is; so I put his supper to the fire and sat down to my knitting-work, while one of the boys read to me from his

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