What does IK mean?

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

I was just reading Clothesknit‘s Amazing Lace entry when I came across the acronym SAHM. I had no idea what it was, and I had to google it to figure it out. Subsequently I noticed that she had also used the abbreviation IK, for Interweave Knits. It was then that I realized how many acronyms knitting bloggers use. IK, WIP, KAL, FO, FP… How overwhelming it would be for a newbie knit blogger to google all these acronyms!

Fortunately, I use the flexiblest of blog tools: WordPress. And fortunately, when I googled “acronym plugin” I came across ubernyms. Ubernyms is a plugin that takes all your acronyms and adds a little tag that will translate them for anyone who doesn’t understand what an OSW is. All you have to do is mouse over the acronym to find out its translation. I’ve added a bunch of knitting acronyms to the library, and will keep doing so as I think of them.

How many acronyms can you think of? What are they? What’s your favourite? The Needle Exchange wants to know!

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5 Comments to “What does IK mean?”

  1. I’m on WP too. MUST. GET. THAT. PLUGIN.

    Comment by
    June 6, 2006 @ 6:20 pm
  2. Hee hee :)

    Comment by Eve
    June 6, 2006 @ 6:31 pm
  3. [...] A few days ago I was talking about a great WordPress plugin that automatically links abbreviations to their translations, and about how that had great applications to the knitting community. A few people expressed their interest in the plugin, and for them, I have Uberknits: an adaptation of the ubernyms plugin that includes knitting acronyms! I spoke to the guy who wrote it, and he told me I could republish it. Yay! Thank you, Joel.You can download the plugin here. To install: unzip the file (it’s still called ubernyms.zip), upload the ubernyms folder into wp-content/plugins and then activate the plugin. This version has translations for tons of knitting abbreviations (you can see them by clicking “Read More”). If you think of any other abbreviations that should be added to the list, I’d greatly appreciate you dropping me an email: eve at guzzling cakes dot com. Enjoy! [...]

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    June 10, 2006 @ 12:21 am
  4. Oh that’s so cool! You’re making me want all these toys for my blog too!!

    How about Clap. And umm…. YH. I’ll have to think of some more. Oh, maybe KP? Oh, that could be too many different things. heh

    Oh! KIP. Did you say that one already?

    Comment by Laura
    June 16, 2006 @ 1:24 pm
  5. I’d love to get the plugin, but don’t understand how I get it, where or how to install it once I get it. Can you help me out? Is it available yet? Or you’re still working on adding as many abbreviations as you can first? Let me know when we can it get. I think it’s a terrifice idea. Thanks!

    Comment by Rhonda
    July 27, 2006 @ 5:10 am

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