The Fourth of July is coming up this Monday. Are you doing anything to celebrate? Perhaps you are crocheting :) If you'd like to honor the United States, think about using part of your holiday to participate in Warm Up America's Stitch Your State contest. I learned all about it on Crochet Concupiscence.
The basic idea of the contest is this: You knit or crochet a 7 by 9 inch panel that represents your favorite state. That's it! You could used beads, appliques, surface crochet, embroidery and more to dress up your swatch, it just has to include knit and/or crochet. Warm Up America will pick one swatch for each state and stitch them together, taking the finished tapestry around the country to events. How fun! The postmark deadline is September 5th, so you still have plenty of time to participate. You can even submit more than one state!
I'm not sure if I have time to participate in this, but I sure would like to. Should I stitch up California, the state I was born in? How about Idaho, which is where I grew up? Or maybe Oregon, where I went to college? Is it my current home state of Washington that needs my attention? All four? What do you think? What state will you stitch?