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DRT: Delayed Results

When you want to have a fireworks extravaganza, first you have to wait for the dark of night when Ellie is asleep (she has a fire thing that extends to any sort of spark, we don’t have candles at birthdays or anything).

light em up

But once you have that…

Congratulations, Knitrageous! Captained to Dish Rag Tag Glory by Susan, these fireworks are for you!



Then you have to wait for sunshine and Ellie to be awake to open the package! Don’t worry, last leg Lila, nothing was singed but the corner of the box.

yummy yarn

There have been some really great colors in the return yarn this year!

That’s a great dish cloth from Lila, but the thing that just really sums up Dish Rag Tag for me is this.



Thanks to each of you for another year of Dish Rag Tag. Thanks for one more year with 100% participation (three out of five! woo!). Thanks for one more year of enthusiasm, joy and support. Thanks for being willing to make new friends, work toward a common goal and just being all around wonderful people. Thanks for making my year brighter.


I’ll have the V is for Victory pattern available tomorrow!

Dish Rag Tag V Final Standings
3x the Charm……10/8/2011
Purls Gone Wild……10/8/2011
Eight’s Great……10/11/2011
11th Round Knockout……10/11/2011
Knit 1, Win 1……10/13/2011
Round Tuit……10/14/2011
Lucky 7s……10/15/2011
All Four One……10/17/2011
Perfect 10……10/17/2011

DRT: The More

Our mail wasn’t early yesterday. It wasn’t even on time. But when it did get here, two boxes were waiting:

Eight and Eleven

Fourth Place is easy, but who is that on top?

In the Fourth Place Spot, Eight’s Great! With a great dish cloth from Amanda:



Lots of treats, but do you know what I was wishing for all afternoon (I even considered dumping Ellie’s markers to get one)? A zipper bag! It’s like she read my mind.



My scissors, needle tin, and pen won’t roll around in the bottom of my big project bag anymore! Perfect. Ellie and I also spent a while applying the temporary tattoos to her tummy (her pick). A really good time – especially since she is ticklish. Many many thanks, Amanda! Congratulations to Captain Marie on such a close finish!

As soon as I looked at the return address label, I knew which team was our fifth place finisher: 11th Round Knockout – last leg by Melissa!

green green green

Green green green. I love it when things match!

Look at all the tea and beautiful dish cloth! The stitch markers, also green, don’t seem to have made it in the picture. They are already in my knitting bag – I don’t like to waste time. And wait, what’s that?


“E-L-L-I-E that’s ME!”

And inside…


Magnets! Frog, hearts, puppy, monkey!

I have it on good authority that monkeys belong upside down. (Pst: Take and Replace Swappers recognize the sheep?) Thank you so so much, Melissa, we loved out box! Congratulations on a top five finish, 11th Round Knockout! Great work, Captain Billie Jo!

Will more boxes cross the finish line today? What time will they arrive? Stay tuned to find out!

Dish Rag Tag V Final Standings
3x the Charm………..10/8/2011
Purls Gone Wild……..10/8/2011
Eight’s Great………10/11/2011
11th Round Knockout…10/11/2011

DRT: I Forgot to Say

The A-Nine-Ilators picked purple for their prizes and 3x Charm selected Red. This means that Purls Gone Wild has the striking turquoise Dish Rag Tag Bags!

I have every intention of getting these in the mail this week. But you know what they say about intentions.

DRT: The Big Swag Reveal

Did Ellie and I had fun unpacking these boxes? Oh my YES!


A-Nine-Ilators goodies!

From Heather (who is truly Heatherific)! Not only did I get a great dish cloth, but Ellie has really been enjoying all the tiny hotel treats! Her favorite:

no rain in here

Shower caps are AWESOME.

Heather, you know what little girls like best. Mama’s too – I really enjoyed my cup of tea this afternoon. Thank you so much for everything, and many thanks to the A-Nine-Ilators Team Captain, Karen, for guiding her team to a remarkable First Place Finish!

bubble bubble

Bubble gum! Bubble gum!

Next up is 3x the Charm, with a pocket full of Double Bubble and a beautiful dish cloth from Michelina. I love the teal AND the stitch markers! AND the gum. No pictures of bubbles – they don’t last long. Three cheers for Captain Lesley (no longer of AL) who moved her team towards glory while moving house.

And then, the Purls Gone Wild box! Have you got a minute? This is going to take one.

so. much. stuff.

Look at all the stuff!

Postcards and magnets from everywhere and stickers! Ellie had penguins on her legs at dinner. A wonderful fall colored dish cloth from Donna and sparkly sparkly yarn. The little pattern back there is from Pam, I already got out my yarn to make a catnip mouse. The magnets are on the ‘fridge, the postcards are going to get in our scrapbook and we offer congratulations to Captain Nicole for this nail-biting finish!

Also, whoever invented these is some kind of creepy genius:


She has never seen them before, but knew exactly what to do with them. (They are Cat in the Hat – always a popular choice in this house.)

One more round of thanks to everyone for all of our treats! And another round of thanks for making this a spectacular race so far!

But wait there’s more! Four more teams have tagged me – it’s going to be an exciting week!

DRT: Unexpected Finish

It’s the craziest thing. Our mail comes around 11:00am. Yesterday, I didn’t manage to get to the mail box until 1:30pm. I had mail. But no Dish Rag Tag boxes.

This morning we went to put the cards in the mailbox and found this:

Hi, Rick!

So either we get mail twice a day or our mail comes at 8 in the morning.

We didn’t even have the camera. It belongs to these folks:


Congratulations, A-NINE-ILATORS!

I was so astonished, I’m writing this post before we’ve even opened the box. CONGRATULATIONS on Dish Rag Tag Glory!

More at nap time, I had to negotiate with Ellie for a lot of pipecleaners to be able to write this much.

I Promised You Dates

I have consulted the calendar. I have estimated how long it will take to make starter dish rags. I am ready to announce the dates for Dish Rag Tag V.

Sign-ups for Dish Rag Tag V will open Monday, August 15, 2011 at 9am central and stay open until there are 100 knitters signed up (10 teams of 10) or 9am on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Whichever comes first. If capacity is reached within 24 hours, we will extend participation to 120 knitters (12 teams of 10). If for some reason this race is much more wildly popular than I anticipate, I’ll think about opening sign-ups to 144 participants (12 teams of 12).

The race will begin Friday September 2, 2011 when I mail the starting boxes to the Team Captains. The Labor Day Weekend start worked great last year, Team Captains should receive their boxes the following Tuesday.

To keep the playing field even, this race is only open to folks with addresses that are actually, truly, physically in the United States.

Specific information for Dish Rag Tag V will be announced immediately prior to the opening of sign-ups. But here are a couple of answers to the questions that keep you up at night:

What size box?!
We’ll be using the USPS Priority Mail Small Flat Rate as the Official DRT Box again this year. Postage rates went up again this year so the Flat Rate boxes for $5.20 (Doesn’t it KILL you? that’s the online rate +free tracking) is the most predictable rate available.

Sign-up fees this year?
I am going to continue with the $1 sign-up fee to offset all the shipping costs and weed out the less committed players. (PayPal is preferred, but other arrangements have been made in the past.)

Further questions specific to Dish Rag Tag V? Ask and I’ll answer in the comments so the responses are there for everyone.

If you have no idea what Dish Rag Tag is, there are plenty of ‘Rules and Regulations’ posts from past races for background reading. This year will be exactly like last year, so you probably want to start with
Revenge of Dish Rag Tag