Yesterday at the LYS, I took part in a discussion about SABLE.
What, you never heard of SABLE? You might even be a member of SABLE!
SABLE stands for "Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy". A person becomes a member of this group when she owns more yarn than she can reasonably expect to knit in her years remaining on this mortal coil.*
*As I recall, my MIL didn't find this one too humorous when I explained it to her once, either.
I think I'm in it already, partly because I have a LOT of yarn, but also because I end up knitting everything about 2 or 3 times — since I insist on continuing to design stuff from the ground up, instead of following patterns.
Anyway, during yesterday's discussion, someone suggested that I need to put up a glossary of this kind of stuff, for those who don't spend as much time on a computer as I do. OK, here goes!
I'm not going to include regular knitting abbreviations like "K2tog". This list is what I consider to be knitting abbreviations birthed by the interwebs — the kind of thing you aren't likely to see in a pattern, but might find on my blog or (sob) someone else's.
Types of Knitting Projects
FO: Finished Object (yay!)
OTN: On The Needles
TOAD: Trashed Object, Abandoned in Disgust
UFO: UnFinished Object, also BUFO: Boring UnFinished Object
USO: UnStarted Object
WIP: Work In Progress, also SWIPE: Stalled Work In Progress
People & Publications
DH (or W, S, D, MIL, etc): Dear Husband (or Wife, Son, Daughter, Mother-In-Law, etc)
EZ: Elizabeth Zimmerman (famous knitter)
VK: Vogue Knitting
Frog: to pull out mass quantities of knitting by removing the needles and pulling on the working yarn. Because a frog says, "rip-it, rip-it".
KAT: Knitting Against Time — can you say, "Xmas presents"?
KIP: Knitting In Public
KIV: Knitting in Vehicle
KO: Knitting Opportunity
SSS: Second Sock Syndrome. When a knitter has a hard time finishing a pair of socks. Usually because the second sock has become a BUFO.
Tink: Undoing knitting one stitch at a time. From "knit" spelled backwards.
LYS: Local Yarn Store
LYSO: Local Yarn Store Owner
NTINAMY: Not That I Need Any More Yarn. Usually followed by "but" and said while standing at the register at the LYS.
SABLE: Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy
SEX: Stash Enrichment eXpedition. Can be done in public, even!
Stash: I remember once talking to a knitter who was uneasy about the use of this word to describe one's yarn collection, because it had the connotation of drugs and addictions. Yeah. Let's not over-think that one, shall we?
YCZ: Yarn Containment Zone. The place where you
hide keep the stash.
YAQ: Yarn Acquisition Quest. Similar in intent to SEX, except that sometimes a quest has a specific goal in mind, such as one more skein of whatever it is you just ran out of.
Did I miss anything?