Friday, August 24, 2007

I Was It

Here's a sentence I never expected to write. I am so sick of thunderstorms. After a while all the sturm und drang just become annoying and oppressive. We're due for more today and tonight. I think that's why I was so excited to get The Box from Brandy -- known to you all through the comments as Cheesehead With Sticks -- late yesterday afternoon.

I don't know that I've ever actually explained Dish Rag Tag. Emily over at Yarn Miracle has organized 230 knitters into teams of 10. In an Herculean Effort of organization, collection and sheer knitting, she got 23 dishrags, 46 balls of dishcloth cotton and 23 treats packed into 23 Priority Mail boxes and started them on separate relay races across the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Upon receipt of the box, each team member takes one of the balls of dishcloth cotton and knits a dishrag for the next recipient, then packs the box with 2 new balls of dishcloth cotton, the newly knitted warshrag, and a treat for their downstream team member. You get to keep the treats and the ball of cotton you didn't use. The boxes all go out priority mail, to keep the playing field level and the focus on knitting.

There are rules. No overnight expressing the box. No knitting a dishrag before-hand; you have to use what your upstream team member sent. All dishcloths have to be real, functional ones, that is, no using size 13 needles to create a tangle of string and calling it a dishrag.

I can't show you what I sent on, because that would spoil the surprise for Cheryl. (I want credit [praise]. I was in line at the post office by 8:45 AM, with all that implies, before coffee this morning. Talk about above and beyond the call of duty.)

I can show you what I got. Behold, the contents of my box.

Honestly, it was like getting a box of blue sky, violets and sunshine.

I've printed off the comments from the contest. I'll cut them up and choose the winner this weekend. I may have to come up with some additional awards, like for Megs for Most Determined Comment Bomber, or alpineflower for Bravest Former Lurker.

1 comment:

Bobbi said...

what a great package!