i finally realised today what that often-used knitting abbreviation "knit in st st" actually means. many people will think that it translates as "knit in stocking stitch"; that is to say, knit one row & purl the next. but today, its deeper meaning became clear: "st st" actually stands for "stockinette stupor".
this is something that many knitters will have experienced without knowing the technical term. also little-known is the fact that "stockinette stupor" is in itself an abbreviation, the long translation of which is as follows:
"you will take some yarn & needles, and sit down with a cup of coffee one morning to cast on for your next project, which initially calls for you to knit for some time in st st. after a few rows, a strange feeling will come over you; your mind may begin to wander. suddenly, you will be brought back to yourself by one of the two following things: you have a sharp, shooting pain in your hands, wrists, arms and/or shoulders; or, you have run out of yarn. upon coming back from the stupor you will then realise the following:
- it is now three o'clock in the afternoon
- your coffee has long since gone cold
- you have forgotten to eat any lunch
- at least 10 inches of stockinette sleeve have appeared in front of you
while under the influence of a stockinette stupor, it is possible that you may still continue to do the following things, although you will most likely not be aware that you are doing them:
- remember to go to the loo as & when needed
- answer the phone and/or reply to any conversational attempts made by passing people
- serve customers, ring up sales, and take money
a knitter under the influence of a stockinette stupor cannot & should not be held responsible for their actions while in this state."
seriously - i have no idea how this happened.