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
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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
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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