Today we had Sunday lunch at the mother-in-law's. We always try to arrive a little early so I can help set the table, and we usually end up being the last to leave because our car gets blocked in the driveway by all the other family members' cars. Today, I actually planned to stay a little late because my ma-in-law, who started knitting about a year before I did, finally joined Ravelry, and she needed me to show her how to use it. While we played around in Ravelry, our conversation went something like this, "Oooooh, that's a pretty pattern." "I know! It looks like there are a lot of yarn overs, though, and I always lose count." "Oh, I don't have as much trouble with those as I do with kfb's." "No, I can do the kfb's easily; it's the m1's that get me." "Hey, I tried a new method for casting on this week -- the backward loop -- have you tried it yet?" "No, you'll have to show me."
Now normally, my husband, daughter, and I would be the only ones still there, but today everyone else stayed a little later than usual to visit as well. And, it quickly became evident that our knitters' language was bothering some of the other family members. The Aunt-in-law asked, "What in the world are they saying?" To which the grandmother responded, "I don't know, but I hate when they start that knit talk. They could be talking about us and we wouldn't know it!" Both Ma-in-law and I giggled, but once I started thinking about it, I suppose we knitters do have a language that sounds like code to non-knitters. And come to think of it, it IS kinda' fun... Like the secret languages we made up when we were kids and had clubs "for members only."
Maybe my mother-in-law and I should adapt the terms so that we CAN talk about the other family members. *wink*