The Short Version:
Teams of Knitters participate in a Dish Rag Knitting Relay Race that spans the 50 states.
The Longer Version:
- There will be a box (the baton) that circulates through the 10 Knitter Team.
- Each box will be packed with a finished dish rag, one ball of dish rag cotton (you know the kind I mean: the 2.5oz Sugar’n Cream, Peaches & Creme, or a similar cotton), instructions, the Official Dish Rag Tag Pattern and a small treat (stitch markers, a candy bar, one of those “what size is my needle” thingys).
- When a knitter receives the box, the knitter will report (using the DRT web application) that she or he is “it”, and empty the box – keeping the enclosed dishrag and treat.
- The knitter will then knit a new dishrag using the cotton in the box and the Official Pattern.
- When the dish rag is finished, it goes back in the box with a new ball of dish rag cotton, a small treat and all the instructions/patterbs.
- The knitter will then send the box by Priority Mailed to an untagged team member (tracking is required!).
- The first box to make it through all a team’s members and return to the Miracle Household achieves Dish Rag Tag Glory! Prizes for the top three teams will be announced at a later date.
**Do not start knitting your dishrag until you receive the box. This is cheating and will make William Henry cry. Not to mention ruining the fun for your whole team.**
**The whole thing (even with priority shipping and tracking) should cost less than $10 per participant and take up a little more time than knitting a dishrag.**
The Dish Rag Tag Web Site
It’s not just where you sign up! There are forums for each team and it monitors box progress. Addresses are stored in the Relay Race Manager Application (the DRT web ap). To get the address for the next knitter, you will log in with your secure password and pick the team member you want to tag and receive the mailing address for that person and that person only. Your mailing address will be available to only me and the team member who is mailing the box to you.
I need 22 Team Captain’s! Team Captains moderate their team’s private forum and guide their team to Dish Rag Tag Glory. Team Captains are responsible for communicating with me about their team’s status and will let me know if there are any obstacles that need hurdling. Team Captains also register their team’s name – names are fun. Team Captains will also knit the first dish rag for their team (the starting box will not contain a completed dish rag) – when a team’s box finishes the race, the dish rag inside it will be mailed to the Team Captain, completing the circle.
There is a check box when you sign up if you want to be a Team Captain. (Assignments are made first come, first serve.)
Additional Details and Rules:
- Signups are open from now until Midnight (11:59:59) Friday, August 7, 2009. Or until there are 220 knitters signed up.
- There is a $1 fee associated with registration this year to offset the ridiculous cost of initial postage. I’m sorry, but have you seen this economy? When you finish the sign-up process, there are instructions at the end.
- Teams will be assigned a few days after sign-ups close.
- That means that there are about two weeks for teams to get organized, plan their strategy and get to know each other before the race begins. You MUST MUST MUST get in touch with your Team Captain during this time. If we don’t hear from you by Monday, August 24, 2009, you will be replaced with an Alternate. And I’ll totally keep your dollar.
- The race will begin on Friday, August 28, 2009, when I mail the boxes to team captains.
- Fed-Ex and Overnight Delivery are Prohibited. Participants must ship using the US Mail’s Priority Shipping and delivery confirmation (tracking). There is a place to enter the tracking number when you make a tag.
- Dish rags must be made using the ball of cotton in the box and the Official Pattern (also in the box).
- Teams will consist of 10 Team Members. If we end up with an uneven number, the last folks to register will be on the alternate list.
- Teams will be assigned by the Yarn Miracle Household (because geography has to be considered to keep the playing field even).
- Unless your team strategy says otherwise, you may not know that you are going to be tagged next – stay in touch with your team members in the forum to let them know if anything comes up (out of town for the weekend etc.) and you shouldn’t be tagged next. Have your ball of cotton and treat ready at all times!
- You may not start knitting your dishrag until you receive the box. This is cheating and will ruin things for your whole team.
- Included treats should remain small in both price and size. The official boxes this year are the new Small Flat Rate Box. There isn’t room for much. Try to keep this to a $10 swap (including shipping).
There will be prizes. I can’t tell you what yet. I never can, so no one should be surprised by this. There will be prizes for the top three placing teams and additional individual prizes based on merit (even if your team is dead last, you have a chance at Personal Dish Rag Tag Glory). Fastest Turn Around and MVP are examples of Individual Merit Awards. And of course, everyone will receive a wonderful dish rag to enhance their kitchen or bathroom.
A Note to Those Outside the US
Son of Dish Rag Tag is only open to residents of the US. If you would like to run a Dish Rag Tag for your country, just let me know and Yarn Miracle will help with hosting and setting up the DRT Web Application.