Monday, February 03, 2014

Knitting Acronymns

I'm not usually a big fan of acronyms, whether they're used for texting or shorthand in on-line forums (although I'm sure I'm guilty of having used them in this blog over the years).


I find that these acronyms serve to try and exclude others, and make those who don't know the "secret code" somewhat less than.  And usually when those who are not in-the-know about these special terms ask what they mean in a public forum, they're bombarded with other phrases like "Google is your friend."

I guess it's not difficult enough as a new knitter to try and figure out SSK and PSSO, or the differences between four-ply and worsted weight yarns.   If a newbie truly wants to be in the club, they have to understand what "frogging" is.  Fergawdsakes, there's even a book of these ridiculous words -The Secret Language of Knitters by Mary Beth Temple.

For those who need just standard pattern abbreviations decoded, this link is my favorite list from VK (see below if you don't know what that means):

For those who want a list of the more ridiculous words used in many on-line knitting forums, here's my list (and NOT so you can use them freely, but so you're not excluded...please just type out the full expression instead of using these lazy-person substitutes):

AKC Actual Knitting Content(used in conjunction with an off-topic post)
BUFO Boring Un-Finished Object
DH (or DW, DS, DD, DMIL, etc) Dear(or Darling) Husband (or Wife, Son, Daughter, Mother-In-Law, etc)
EZ Elizabeth Zimmerman
FO Finished Object
Frog Ripping out knitting, the sound of rip-it and pulling out knitting sounds like a frog
IM(NSH)HO In My Humble (Not So Humble) Opinion
KAT Knitting Against Time
KIP Knitting In Public
KIV Knitting In Vehicle
KO Knitting Opportunity
LYS Local Yarn Store
LYSO Local Yarn Store Owner
NTINAMY Not That I Need Any More Yarn
OKC Obligatory Knitting Content (used in conjunction with an off-topic post)
OTN On The Needles
SABLE Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy
SEX Stash Enrichment eXpedition
SSS Second Sock Syndrome (or Second Sleeve Syndrome)
Stash Supply of yarn and knitting supplies not currently in use
SWIPE Stalled Work In Progress
Tink Undoing knitting one stitch at a time.  From "knit" spelled backwards and the sound it makes when you do it on aluminum needles
TOAD Trashed Object, Abandoned in Disgust
UFO Un-Finished Object
USO Un-Started Object
WIP Work In Progress
VK Vogue Knitting
YAQ Yarn Acquisition Quest
YCZ Yarn Containment Zone

Any others that you think should be added?  I know some of the terms are generic on-line acronyms (like IMHO), but they're used so often in knitting forums, I thought they should be included.

Current Crochet

I'm thrilled to have finished connected what seemed like an endless supply of granny squares.

I've even taken it one step further and started the border by doing a row of single crochet around the outer edge (not quite finished with that first row).

Here's a photo of the blanket on my living room couch to give you some perspective of size.

Just a nice, simple lap blanket.

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