Threads, Pitches and Screws

2 little screws

The other day after TRH (The Retired Husband) and I had been to collect the missing screws he needed, we had an interesting discussion. He had just read my post. And Opher’s comment: Is there a thread to this story?

It sparked this exchange –

Why doesn’t Opher like your post ?

Me, confused – Huh?

I thought for a moment and then said –

It was tongue in cheek. Opher always does that. I would have thought you of all people would get it.

It was now his turn to be confused – Huh?

As I watched I swear I could almost see the light bulb turn on.


Well, yeeeaaah. Screws? Threads? They do sort of go together. Even I know that. I would have thought that you as the expert of all things to do with screws would have got it no problems.


Then this –

The screws I bought are gobbledegook mumbo jumbo technical speak aimed to confuse and discombobulate .

Honestly, I could not repeat anything he said. It was screw-speak*

Get it? he said

No. That’s way too much useless information for me. BUT the yarn I am crocheting with is 8 ply acrylic. That is synthetic yarn with  8 threads twisted together. Get it?

Honestly !!

The issue has not been discussed since.

(*Pssst! Just for my own educamation I did google screw threads. This is what I learnt : screw threads come in different angles; they have a pitch which is the distance between threads and so on and on. These are important details for purchasing screws to make sure you get the right one – ‘Each thread is characterized by its major diameter, D and its pitch, P. ISO metric threads consist of a symmetric V-shaped thread. In the plane of the thread axis, the flanks of the V have an angle of 60° to each other. The thread depth is 0.614 × pitch.‘     TRH’s mumbojumbo tech speak was all about pitches and measurements. So there, now I got it. It’s kinda of like using the right size crochet hook to fit the yarn ply and pattern.)

©  Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace
Life gives you a lot of chances to screw up which means you have just as many chances get it right.



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