When you design knitting patterns for multiple clients, part of the deal is sending in your finished patterns using each client's house style.
This can become confusing when three patterns for three clients all reach the finish line simultaneously.
One client insists that "inches" always be written out in full; one
insists you must always use the double apostrophe (non-curly!) and never the word;
the third will only accept the abbreviation "in" (no period!).
You pause in your writing, and remember a very nice student asking,
"Why don't we have one standard for knitting patterns? Don't you think
that would be a good idea?" and you laugh quietly and reach for the rum