I is for …


I became an American citizen this morning. Conveniently time for I as part of my abcalong project. Also convenient was the fact that I just finished these washcloths:

Start Washcloths

Short of knitting something more patriotic, which I am not sure I would want any way, I thought stars on blue was very appropriate for the occasion*.

I also think it was appropriate that I became American on May Day, which is also International Workers Day or Labour Day. Since I grew up in England, I learnt to do strange dances around a pole on May Day. Phew, escaped from such weirdnesses by becoming American. Now I can adopt, if I so chose, American celebrations such as the National Day of Prayer and I can singing, with impunity, great songs such as “This Land is Your Land” – all verses of it:


words and music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me


I’ve roamed and rambled and I’ve followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me


As I was walkin’ – I saw a sign there
And that sign said – no tress passin’
But on the other side …. it didn’t say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!


In the squares of the city – In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office – I see my people
And some are grumblin’ and some are wonderin’
If this land’s still made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)

©1956 (renewed 1984), 1958 (renewed 1986) and 1970 TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc.(BMI)

*Additionally, these washcloths mean that this post is also FO Friday. These NunuYaya’s are very additive. I did change the pattern slightly for the white one. Instead of decreasing at the edges I decreased in the middle, using “slip 2 tog, k1, pass both slipped stitches together over knitted stitch”, this gives that nice ridge in the middle. The red is in Cliche** and the white is 2nd time cotton. Cliche is a dream to knit with, with no splitting of the yarn while I was knitting. This has been a problem with the other cottons I have used. The final wash cloth was very soft washcloth and will be good for using on your face. 2nd time cotton produced a rougher washcloth which would really defoliate well. Their gauges came out similar, the white cloth was knitted for more rounds, additionally its row gauge may be slightly bigger than Cliche’s.

I am enjoying this pattern so much that I also started on one as a swatch with 8 petals using Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo. I need to sew in the yarn ends and then I can show it you.

**The JCA Craft and Reynolds website who create Artful Yarns is under construction.

14 thoughts on “I is for …

  1. Congratulations Cathy!! I like your washcloths – very nice. I was sorry I could not be there, but was thinking of you. The red, white, and blue feather boa is remaining illusive so far, but I’ve not given up hope.

  2. I saw your post on Ravelry and stopped by for ABC along. Congratulations on your naturalization 🙂

  3. Congratulations! I’m glad you enjoyed them, and they look great! Actually, my little cousin who they were designed for ALSO became an American citizen quite recently, so it’s extra-appropriate=)=)

  4. Congratulations! Be sure to register to vote, too!!

    In the part of the U.S. where I grew up, there was a tradition, now lost, of making school children dance around poles on May Day.

  5. Like someone above – I saw your post on Ravelry and stopped by for the ABC along. Congratulations!

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  7. Thanks everyone. I registered to vote at the Naturalization Ceremony and I sent off for my passport on Thursday.

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  9. Congratulations on becoming a citizen. I’m a little late I know, but I wanted to give my good wishes to you.

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