THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2011
Designer Linda K Kahle wrote: “ I would like to dedicate this School Bus Dishcloth to the person who gave me the LOVE of driving a School Bus. Her name is Judy Lister and she lives in Topeka Kansas. Judy had been a very good friend for years. And of course she was a School Bus driver for the Seaman School Dist #345 and had been a driver for years. I lost my job with AT&T (they closed a lot of stores). Judy said one day, Hey, come be a School Bus Driver. When I stopped laughing – a lot – she took me to talk to her boss. And the next thing I knew, I was a School Bus Driver. And that was over 27 years ago. And I can… still say today… that this has been the BEST JOB I have ever had. When I came to Tucson, I had to go through an interview. One of the safety people asked me: Why do you want to be a School Bus Driver? Well I’ve been one for about 16 years but I do have an answer to that question. I look him in the eye and said: I was born to be a School Bus Driver – it’s in my blood and it’s the Best Job ever. He just shook his head and laughed. I have always said from the first day, it’s all about the Kids. We the Bus Driver/Monitors are the first person they see in the mornings and the last one they see going home at the end of the school day. Our #1 job is the safety of our Students. In my eyes, you can’t have a Better Job anywhere when you’re working with Kids. They are OUR FUTURE. ”
Thank you Linda for joining the Dishcloth-A-Day Challenge!
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Judy – The School Bus Driver Dishcloth
Original Design By Linda K Kahle
Copyright 2011 Maggie Weldon
Size: About 9½” wide by 8″ long.
Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn: Yellow – 2 oz, 100 yd, (60 g, 92 m) Black – 1 oz, 50 yd, (30 g, 46 m) Red – ½ oz, 25 yd, (15 g, 23 m) Small amount White Cotton Thread (Sugar ‘n Cream) Yarn Needle & Thread Needle.
Crochet Hook: Sizes I-9 (5.50 mm).and E-4 (3.50 mm)
JOINING WITH SC
When instructed to join with sc, begin with sl knot on hook, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook.
Row 1: (Wrong Side) Starting at top, with Yellow and larger hook, ch 26, sc in 2nd ch from hook, [sc in next ch] across. (25 sc)
Rows 2-11: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (25 sc)
Row 12: Ch 7, turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 5 ch, [sc in next sc] across. (31 sc)
Rows 13-24: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (31 sc) DO NOT FINISH OFF.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, DO NOT TURN, evenly sc around bus, working 3 sc in outer corners. Finish off and weave in ends.
Windows (Make 3)
Row 1: With Black and larger hook, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, [sc in next ch] across. (4 sc)
Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (4 sc) Finish off leaving 12″ long end.
Wheels (Make 2)
Rnd 1: (Right Side) Starting at center, with Black and larger hook, ch 4; 11 dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped ch count as first dc); join with sl st to first dc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st as joining, [2 sc in next dc] around; join with sl st to first sc. (24 sc) Finish off leaving 12″ long end.
With Red and smaller hook, rep Rnds 1-2 of Wheels.
Top Lights (Make 2)
Rnd 1: (Right Side) Starting at center, with Red and smaller hook, ch 3, 12 dc in 2nd ch from hook; join with sl st to first dc. (12 dc)
Finishing – use photo as guide
- If desired, another set of Windows, Wheels and Top Lights can be made. Position these on the back of the dishcloth, opposite the first set and sew through both sets at the same times.
- With right side facing, using Black, sl st loosely across between Rows 9 and 10. Repeat between Rows 10 and 11. (Or you can embroider these with back stitch.) If desired you can repeat on the back of the dishcloth. Finish off and weave in ends.
- Using White Thread and needle, embroider “STOP” on Stop Arm.
- Position Windows and Stop Arm and using long ends, sew to dishcloth.
- Position Wheels and Top Lights, letting a little hang over. Using long ends, sew to dishcloth. Finish off and weave in all ends.
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