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Practically every electronic gadget that comes with a way to type has spellcheck. I’m very fond of spellcheck, since I seem to be incapable of remembering how to spell the word “separate” (I tend to turn the first a into an e).

What I really wish, though, is that there were add on dictionaries you could purchase with knitting and crochet terms. Both my phone and my computer seem to go nuts whenever I type something using a lot of common yarn lingo or abbreviations. Because of this, I’ve learned to reread things before I press send. Especially because of the time the autocorrect on the iPad turned “sts”, the common abbreviation for “stitches”, to “STDs”.

In theory, you are supposed to be able to add words to the spellcheck dictionary on many programs, or at least tell it to ignore them. Never really seems to work in the long term for me. No matter what I do, typing something like

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 2 dc in each sc across, turn.

results in a plethora of red, squiggly lines.

This really isn’t the end of the world, but considering how many knitters and crocheters there are, you would think that someone would have come up with a dictionary add on by now.