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The secret language of knitters

Posted on: December 18, 2008

As I worked on my scarf at SnB last night, I was struck by this secret code language that knitters have. If you were listening in you would have heard people talking about:

DPN’s or double point needles – Not some sort of weird device that nurses use for injections.

Knitting around – No one was singing Row Row Your Boat while knitting.

Chain – This has nothing to do with metal (although I’ve seen a knitting book about using wire instead of yarn) or anything kinky.

Dropped stitch – Don’t worry! The little weird animal/thing from the movie did not land on the floor at any time.

Hole – Well…this is pretty much what it sounds like.

Place marker – While I’ve been known to be tidy to the point of ridiculous, this has nothing to do with putting permanent markers in a row.

Frogged – We weren’t playing Frogger.

Ripped – Nothing was torn apart.

Tinked – No fairies or Julia Roberts were harmed.

Addi Turbos – It may sound like some sort of exotic racing car, but it’s not.

Interchangeable cables – Hmmm…this is another one that does kind of sound like what it is.

Felting – This really does sound potentially x-rated. Trust me, it isn’t.

Like many things, knitting has it’s own language. Fellow knitters can tell each other from the unwashed masses by this secret code.

Oh…my scarf is coming along. Still no pictures.


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December 2008


Mar. 10 - Photography Class

Mar. 11 - Quad Cities SnB

Mar. 12 - Lincoln Reenactor performance at BHE

Mar. 13 - Annual budget due

Mar. 14 - SnB trip to Galena

Mar. 16-21 - Spring Break

Mar. 16-18 - On the Front Lines library conference in Springfield

Mar. 19-22 - In Kansas

Mar. 23 - Orientation in Quad Cities

Mar. 24 - Photography Class

Mar. 26 - Spring Break for Academic Librarians workshop in Peoria

Mar. 27 - Supervisor Development in Quad Cities

Apr. 2 - Using Social Technologies in Library Instruction workshop

Apr. 6 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 6 - My birthday

Apr. 7 - Photography Class

Apr. 9-12 - In Kansas

Apr. 10 - College Closed

Apr. 12 - Easter

Apr. 13-19 - National Library Week

Apr. 13 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 14 - Photography Class

Apr. 16 - Evening Instruction Session

Apr. 17 - Information Literacy Summit

Apr. 18 - A Day of Books and Quilts at Toulon Public Library

Apr. 20 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 21 - Photography Class

Apr. 22 - Renegade Reference meeting in Bloomington

Apr. 23 - Illinois Library Day

Apr. 24 - Quarterly Supervisors Meeting

Apr. 27 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 28 - Photography Class

Apr. 29 - Supervisor Training in Quad Cities

May 5 - Photography Class

May 12 - National Library Legislative Day

May 25 - Memorial Day - College Closed

June 4 - RSA Users' Group meeting in Peoria

June 6 - SIL's birthday June 6 - Brother and SIL Anniversary

June 8 - Nancy Pearl at Bradley University

June 13 - WWKIP train trip to St. Louis

July 3 - Holiday - College Closed

July 4 - Independence Day

July 10 - Mom's Birthday

July 10-15 - ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

July 17-19 - Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Crystal Lake, IL

July 31 - 10th Anniversary

Sept. 7 - Labor Day, College closed

Oct. 6-9 - Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria

Nov. 23 - Brother's birthday

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day, College closed

Nov. 27 - College Closed

Dec. 7 - MIL's birthday

Dec. 18 - DH's birthday

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 26 - Dad's birthday

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