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  1. What are craft abbreviations/acronymns for online chats/groups?
    NOTE:  These may be in all capital letters or in all lower case letters or a combination of them and may be preceded and/or followed by symbols such as an asterisk (*), tilde (~), less/greater than (</>), brackets ( [ / ] ), etc. Please remember that in some chats/groups, typing (talking online) in complete sentences in all capital letters may be considered the same as shouting/yelling/hollering would in real life and it's not considered as proper netiquette to do so (unless you're really upset, that is). If you're in a hurry, please use all lower case letters instead of all caps unless you want to be viewed as shouting.

    AA = Annie's Attic
    AS = Acquisition Syndrome
    ASN = American School of Needlework
    BAS = Book Acquisition Syndrome
    BF = Boy/Best Friend
    BHG = Better Homes and Gardens
    BIL = Brother-In-Law
    BTW = By The Way
    CC or C&C= Coats & Clark
    CGOA = Crochet Guild Of America
    CP = Crochet Partners
    CYCA = Craft Yarn Council of America
    DD = Dear Daughter
    DH = Dear Husband/Darling Husband/D(word of your choice, depending on your mood) Husband
    DIL = Daughter-In-Law
    DS = Dear Son
    FIL = Father-In-Law
    Frog, Frogging, Frog Stitch = To take out stitches (i.e. Rip it, rip it, rip it)
    FUFO = Finished Un-Finished Object
    FYI = For Your Information
    GF = Girl Friend
    HAS = Hook Acquisition Syndrome
    HL = Hobby Lobby
    HOWB = House Of White Birches
    HTH = Hope This (That) Helps
    IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
    IMNSHO = In My Not So Humble Opinion
    IMO = In My Opinion
    IRC = Internet Relay Chat
    ISO = In Search Of
    L = Laugh
    LA = Leisure Arts
    LMAO = Laughing My A** Off
    LOL = Laugh(ing) Out Loud
    MM = Mary Maxim
    MIL = Mother In Law
    OT = Off Topic
    PAS = Pattern Acquisition Syndrome
    PC = Plastic Canvas (or Politically Correct, depending on the chat/group)
    PLS = Please
    PIGS = Projects In Grocery Sacks/Bags
    ROFL = Rolling On Floor Laughing
    ROFLMAO = Rolling On Floor Laughing My A** Off
    S = Smile
    SAHM = Stay At Home Mom/Mother
    sig = signature
    SIL = Sister/Son In Law
    SO = Significant Other
    THKS or THX = Thanks
    ThUD = The Usual Disclaimer(s) Apply (not affiliated with the company mentioned/listed)
    TIA = Thanks In Advance
    TTYL = Talk To You Later
    UFO = Un-Finished Object
    WIP = Work In Progress
    WM = Wal-Mart
    XS = Cross Stitch
    YAS = Yarn Acquisition Syndrome
    YW = You're Welcome

  1. How do I hold a crochet and/or MoEZ hook?
  2. NOTE:  IMO (and it's only MY opinion for whatever that may be worth *LOL*), there is no right or wrong way to hold a hook - it's a matter of preference and what works best for YOU. You may want to do some searching online for different ways to hold a crochet and/or afghan hook and try them out. In the long run, if the way you hold the hook works for YOU and allows you to crochet without causing any actual pain and/or physical damage/injury, then do it without worrying about what someone else calls the right or wrong way.
Here are some links for more information/help on how to hold a crochet hook for those who want to take a look: Val's Tips For Holding the MoEZ Hook:
     If you are holding the hook all the way to the end you won't lose stitches at that end. As far as the hook end goes, here's a couple tips. When I am going right to left (Opposite for you lefties) I put my thumb just left of the vertical that I am about to go under, it slides under my thumb with the nail holding the vertical out of the way. Going from left to right I hold the afghan between the next 2 stitches (after I yarn over) so when I pull the loops off the hook I am only taking off the 2 loops right by my thumb, 1 to the left of it and 1 to the right of it. It helps to keep those extra loops from following by mistake. Everyone knows that this type of crochet is done "overhand," right? Underhand, I'm afraid, would be a real killer. If you do it overhand, it pretty much balances itself with the counter balance of the afghan weight.
     I hold the hook "overhand" with my thumb resting against the side of the hook that faces me, my fingers loosely drape over the hook so the hook fits up inside my hand. At first I have to hold the hook a little tighter until I get some weight on it. Once you have some weight to "counter balance" the hook, you can loosen your grip.
     By overhand crocheting, I mean your hand on top not under the hook. Some people have learned to crochet like holding a utensil (a fork or spoon) and this is not going to let the gravity work with you; it will work against you and make things more difficult, but whatever is comfortable for you will work for you. Hope this helps.
-- Val

  1. What is a Nostepinne/Nostepinde?
  2. A "Nostepinne" or "nostepinde" is a Scandinavin word that means "nest-stick." It's a tool used to wind a center-pull yarn ball. For more information about how to use one, try reading the information available here.

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