and I just picked up another new acronym. FFN = finished for now. It is perfect. Not for just any old piece of stitching or knitting; not when you are bored or frustrated. That is not the point of this little gem.
It is for when you have gotten as far as you possibly can on a piece with the current amount of pattern than you have. The classical use is for a section of a SAL (stitch-a-long) where the parts are released at regular intervals. There are those individuals who arduously keep up with the clues and have their stitching current to the most recent release. There are those who mutter along for a while, then fall behind, never to catch up. In neither group are those wait till the whole project has been released, then jump on board.
But for me – this gives me an expression which expresses that the particular project is not exactly a WIP (work in progress) because there is absolutely NOTHING else I can accomplish till the next portion of the pattern is released.
The following – for example – count as FFNs –
From CloudsFactory – there is no Planet B. A year long SAL delivered the first of each month.
Wonders of the Solar System – releases on the 15th
Dreaming Girl started 1 Feb and releases every two weeks.
But for now, they are FFNs
In contrast – the following are NOT FFNs –
In all cases, I finished the segment for the month well before the next portion of the pattern was released. BUT, all of these SALs have frames involved. The frames were released prior to the start of the year. To be FFN = I would have to have everything stitched that was available so far.
And I pretty much prefer to stitch frames as I go. There are several reasons, perhaps the biggest being that stitching a frame is a significant investment of time and materials without knowing whether or not I am actually going to like the pattern. By not starting the frame ahead of time, I can decided not to play. Now that I am committed, I will work on the frames both as I go and in any extra stitching time that I have.
Clear as mud – right?