I saw this line in a crochet pattern I was looking at the other day.
"Try on the jacket and place a button at the waist in the penultimate round."
What is this word penultimate you speak of? Does everyone know this word except me? I will be 50 years old this year and have NEVER heard this word! Nobody ever taught me this word or uttered it in my presence. They hid it from me. I hate it when that happens! I fancy myself a pretty smart cookie, but every now and then I come across something that makes me feel ignorant.
I wouldn't feel that way or be surprised if it was used in a novel or something like that. You know how authors try to be all fancy-pants and use different words to write their stories. But this was in a crochet pattern. There was no need to use obscure, fancy-pants words. I want to hunt the person down who wrote this pattern and shake them. "Why did you use this word! Why? WHY? Why didn't you just say, 'Place a button at the waist in the next to last round'?" Maybe a non-American wrote it and it's perfectly normal to use that word in another country? I don't know. And I don't know why it bugged me so much, but here I am several days later still thinking and fussing about it.
Okay, I feel better now.
I may have been a little ambitious saying that I would have my project finished today. I forgot that my husband is off work today. (This new schedule of his will take some getting used to.) I'm sure he will distract me and want to drag me off somewhere shopping or to lunch. And not the good kind of shopping either...probably Home Depot or Lowe's. Or maybe he will just sit and stare at me while I try to crochet because he is bored and wants my attention. Don't get me wrong. I will happily give him some attention and run off somewhere with him if he wants. I'm just sayin'.
Lesson of the Day (Rant #2):
Those are NOT snowflakes pictured in yesterday's post, people! Snowflakes only have six sides. Didn't anybody ever teach y'all that? I've seen many a crochet snowflake pattern with eight sides or more, and that is just wrong, wrong, wrong. Snowflakes have six sides and six sides only. Yes, they are all unique, except for the fact they all have SIX sides.
Maybe that's one of those things like the word "penultimate" that the world has hidden from you. Please feel free to rant if it is.
I hope you know I'm not really upset about this. I'm just trying to be entertaining in an informative way. I'm much too sweet to seriously be upset about something so silly (as far as you know).
I'm outta here.