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Friday, September 26, 2008

Dishrag Tag, the Best Li'l Game Around

My turn finally arrived yesterday around 11 a.m.; I was the 11th member of our team to get the box. Uh oh, elevens. I hoped I didn't see a pattern developing. Would it take me 11 hours to knit the cloth? If so, I wouldn't be able to take the box to the post office until the next day. Worse, we could even end up in last place. Would I sink my team into the hall of lackadaisical dishrag knitting shame? I sure hoped not, but read on, knitters, read on...I retrieved the box from my mailbox, ran into the house, and grabbed a knife to open the box. Surprises! I gloried in my treats for a full five minutes...long enough to stuff my mouth full of candy corn a few times, then I signed onto the DRT site and entered the required data. That done, I copied the pattern and pressed determinedly into knitting the dishcloth for the next member. Now, I'm not a fast knitter as I usually enjoy each stitch individually, which can take me well into a second day for just one cloth, but I knew this time had to be different. I cast on counting twice to be sure. At the end of first row of the border I hit an early snag. An extra stitch! What's the matter with me??
I cast on again, counted the stitches three times and began the border. I knit and knit. Oh no, five rows later a mistake on the same row! I had to tink back several times as if I had just learned to knit the day before. The beginnings of a li'l ol' dishrag shouldn't take this long if you don't coddle each stitch, should it? 12 p.m. ....AACCKK!!! What to do now?
Break time, I needed it. I walked around a bit then I grabbed a handful of grapes, more candy corn and got back to work. I began the pattern after the border. The directions said to repeat a certain part THREE MORE TIMES ..yikes! I knit & knit & knit. Three hours came and went. I made it to the finishing border. Knit, knit, knit. Finally, I was done with the cloth in just over three hours!
I pinched myself to be sure it was really me who had knit that cloth in under 4 hours. Sure enough.. it smarted. I then set out to the post office the same day I received the box!!
Woohoo, Y'all! The box is on its way for a naturally regal Cotton Queens finish.
Now, here's a look at my treats from Megan.Megan, thank you for all of my treats in the DRT box! I was talking to Youngest on the phone yesterday when I opened it, so she heard me squealing as I discovered each item you sent. She wants to play next year, now! You were right! Sea Mist is one of my favorite colors of P&C yarn.
The candy corn is nearly all gone as I hadn't bought any yet this year, and it's a tradition with us to devour several bags each year. The truffles are exquisite, of course! I love, love, love the ladybug markers. Blue is my lifelong favorite color & the white one showed up so cute against the blue and green of the cloth as I knitted it. Very cool. My skin loves Nivea & Burt's Bees products! How did you know?You did a fantastic job knitting my cloth, too, and who knew all my appliances are black & white! A closer look at the stitch markers Megan made for me. Here's a look at what I sent in the box to Laura. Yes, still sewing those needle holders.
Sigh, what fun it's been playing Dishrag Tag.

My Orchid Cactus bloomed this week.

Have peaceful week, Y'all..I'll be chillin' .... in the mornin's, that is, as we're getting cooler temps, finally.


  1. That sounds like a lot of fun. Love the goodies you got as well. Hope you are enjoying the nice weather. Have a great weekend.

  2. Very cool. And are those glass pumpkins in the background? Fall is definitely starting to celebrate, isn't it?

  3. You are too funny! Congrats on getting it done and back out on the same day. WOO HOO!
    Love those goodies..making me want some candy corn.
    Needle holders....hmm...that might be something I could sew.
    YAY for fall! I am loving this cooler weather.

  4. Same day turn around!! You, go girl!!

    Ah--Sea Mist--one of my very favorites, too!! And the one you received is in licorice--I love that one, too! Come to think of it--is there one I don't like? No, I don't think so!!

    DRT is fun, isn't it? And what nice goodies you received and sent! Now, I can't wait until next year!


  5. Wow! what a pretty orchid cactus!
    you must have a green thumb!
    Spectacular blooms!

  6. Wow, look at you Mrs. Speed Demon :)
    Lots of good luck for your team.

    LOVE, LOVE your orchid cactus. My Mom had one...she gave me a piece, but I killed it :( I have a Christmas Cactus which is fine. Don't know what I did wrong?

  7. oooh, candy corn, I love that stuff. your box of goodies is cool and I love the cloth you knit too. Beautiful orchid!

  8. The orchid cacti is amazing! I've never seen one until now. I might have to purchase one.

    The glass pumpkins are beautiful. I've never seen any like them, either!

    I think dishrag tag would be FUN!

    I've had a great time viewing your site and I always look forward to it.

    Happy Autumn!
    Lesley Ann

  9. I have never done a tag before. It sounds like fun!
    Candy corn was one of my all time favorites. That is until my BF bought me over 12 pounds of sweetness. I did eat all of it. I can't seem to enjoy them as much! LOL!

  10. I definitely want to do this the next time. Sounds like a hoot!

  11. Alison, you're right, they're glass pumpkins. I think they're supposed to be like garden cloches or bell jars. There's a hole in the bottom.

    Lesley Ann, I got them at Hobby Lobby in the fall decorations dept. last year. I got them at the end of the season so I didn't have to pay too much for them.

    Hakucho, this cactus is from the rain forest so it likes a canopy of shade, just a little sun. I gave it too much sun last year and the buds fell off before it bloomed. I tried it with a northern exposure in the yard this year and was pretty happy with the result.

    Susan, I don't have a green thumb, but I did cut a hunk out of the side of one of my fingers today.
    I don't know if that counts for anything though. ;)

  12. YAY! Glad you enjoyed your leg of the race too. I played this year too (For the second time around)

  13. I love those pumpkin and squash cloches/belljars/decorations too! I noticed them in your header photo when I first checked in! Well done for getting your cloth done so fast. :)

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  16. I wish I could have participated! I will next year.


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