My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


State Names

This weekend the KOARC and I were discussing movies that have the names of states in the title — like “Blue Hawaii.” This started me wondering — does every state in the U.S. have a movie with its name in the title? Some, like New York, have multiple movies, of course, but is there a movie with, for example, Rhode Island in the title?

Yeah, I wonder about stuff like this.

So, just for fun, if you can think of a movie that has a state name in the title, please leave it in the comments to this blog entry. To reward you for your diligence, on Thursday afternoon I’ll draw five names at random and those five people will win the WendyKnits pattern of their choice. Oh, and the first person who can name a movie with “Rhode Island” in the title will win 5 patterns. πŸ˜€

Leave your comment by 4pm Eastern time this Thursday, August 20, to be entered in the drawing.


I had as nice chunk of knitting time yesterday so made some good progress on the Sandvik shawl.


I’ve got 33 more rows to do before I work the bottom border. I weighed my ball of yarn after taking this photo. The original weight was 230 grams, and the ball now weighs 127 grams, so I’ve used less than half of it. The yardage was 1300 yards, so I’m guessing I’ve used 600 or so yards so far.

Progress will slow down during the week because I’m working on a stealth project for my commuter knitting. But I’m hoping to have this done by the end of next weekend.

Lucy Sez:


“Put down the knitting and look at me!”


  1. “Getting out of Rhode Island” (2003)

    (No, I’d never heard of it but IMDb is handy! ;))
    .-= Michelle´s last blog’s getting close! =-.

  2. Montana Sky…those Hannah Montana movies don’t count! (That is my Montana pride talking!)
    .-= dobarah´s last blog ..JH’ers meet up! =-.

  3. Oklahoma!
    .-= biomaj5´s last blog ..I just keep CO =-.

  4. Montana (1950 with Errol Flynn)
    .-= dobarah´s last blog ..JH’ers meet up! =-.

  5. Virginia’s Run and then there’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf – but they aren’t references to the state’s name…and I agree with Michelle about IMDb :

    -love it when cats look upside down!
    .-= Cindy K´s last blog ..Gifted M-I-L =-.

  6. Lorraine C. says:

    There doesn’t seem to be a movie with “South Dakota” in the name. There is “Watch out for North Dakota” and the generic “The Man from Dakota”.

  7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre…not that I’ve seen it, I don’t like horror, but it’s there.

  8. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

  9. Hotel New Hampshire

  10. Susan (LotusHips) says:

    Getting out of Rhode Island is the only one I’ve heard of for RI, which is my birth state!

  11. “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio”
    “the Kentucky Fried Movie”
    “Hotel New Hampshire”
    .-= Jeanne B.´s last blog ..Hi. Not Lost. Just Distracted =-.

  12. A Haunting in Connecticut – 2009
    .-= Olivia´s last blog ..What’s going on…. =-.

  13. Freya in Californeya says:

    California Suite

    Your shawl is looking great, btw.

  14. I’m not sure there is one with North Carolina in it.

  15. I’ll play! I’m sort of a movie freak…

    “My Own Private Idaho”
    “Feeling Minnesota”
    “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio”
    “The Haunting in Connecticut”
    “Georgia Rule”
    “Raising Arizona”
    “Mississippi Burning”
    “Sweet Home Alabama”

  16. Hmmm, lived in RI for 7 years and do not remember any other than the one mentioned. We did have “Outside Providence” though as a RI city named movie.

    blue hawaii
    hotel new hampshire
    mr smith goes to washington
    christmas in connecticut
    moonlight in vermont
    creepy canada
    outside providence ( titles from places i have lived)
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..cilantro basil margarita recipe =-.

  17. My Own Private Idaho

    The Heart of Maryland (1915) I’ve never seen it, but I googled it.

    And then there is this list:

    but it says there isn’t one for Rhode Island!

  18. “My Own Private Idaho”

  19. La Florida (1993)
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Roses =-.

  20. North to Alaska?

  21. The Michigan Kid (1947)
    Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)
    Vermont Is for Lovers (1992)
    George Washington (1984)
    Oregon Trail (1945)
    My Own Private Idaho (1991)
    Green Grass of Wyoming (1948)
    Bleeding Iowa (1999)
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..A Meme From Knitnana =-.

  22. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
    Ghosts of Mississippi

  23. I’d like your life … for a day πŸ™‚ Just for somethin’ TOTALLY different *grin*. Love the kitty pics – pray tell – how do you NOT get red eye?
    .-= mia´s last blog ..What is happening to me? =-.

  24. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989). It has nothing to do with the state of Maine, but it is in the title.
    .-= Bevsyarncrazy´s last blog ..My hip has been bothering me… =-.

  25. “New Mexico” (1951) staring Raymond Buhr and other notables.
    .-= LoriG´s last blog .. =-.

  26. Arizona Drean (1993)
    Arkansas Traveler (1928)
    The Man from Utah

  27. Wisconsin Death Trip

  28. I forgot, Destiny of Empires: Remember the Maine – The Roots of the Spanish-American War (1998).
    .-= Bevsyarncrazy´s last blog ..My hip has been bothering me… =-.

  29. Karen in Baltimore says:

    Raising Arizona.

  30. Wisconsin Death Trip

  31. The Prince of Pennsylvania

  32. Just a few: Raising Arizona
    Sweet Home Alabama
    North to Alaska
    Christmas In Connecticut
    The State of Maine
    Gangs of New York
    (I tried not to look at the previous comments!)

  33. Pennsylvania Miners’ Story
    Thunder Over Arizona
    Wisconsin Death Trip
    .-= Nancy´s last blog ..Apples and squash =-.

  34. Abe Lincoln in Illinois

  35. Well, Michelle beat me to “Getting Out of Rhode Island,” but I found an interesting North Carolina title: “Beer Y’all: A Rock & Roll Road Trip Across North Carolina.”

    haha. is a great resource for stuff like this!

  36. The Missouri Breaks

  37. Wisconsin Death Trip

  38. Elizabeth says:

    ‘Kansas City Confidential’ – classic noir with Lee Van Cleef

  39. Hotel NH & North to Alaska!

  40. “Oklahoma” where the rain comes sweeping down the plain…….my home state. πŸ™‚

    Except in the NE part (which is where I’m really from) where it is hilly, covered with green trees and gorgeous!!
    .-= Kay´s last blog ..Stuff….. =-.

  41. Kalifornia? (NB – this does not constitute a recommendation, I repeat, I am not recommending you watch this movie!)
    .-= jane´s last blog ..24-7 =-.

  42. Christmas in Connecticut is one of my favorites! Also, according to IMDB, there is a movie from 1940 called “Maryland”, which I thought would be a tough on.

  43. Mar 28, 2008 news release

    ‘South Dakota’ Movie Shot In Iowa
    A Los Angeles filmmaker plans to make a movie called South Dakota in Iowa…

  44. The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid.

    I need to watch Wisconsin Death Trip — what is it about my adopted state that seems to spawn serial killers?
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Let the whining begin. =-.

  45. The first movie that came to mind was “Sweet Home Alabama,” But I think that was mentioned before.

    But, I did do a search for my home state and found “The Michigan Kid.” It appears to be a western from 1947. I’ll have to watch it!
    .-= nikkapotamus´s last blog ..Tragedy! And Celebrations! =-.

  46. Getting Out of Rhode Island
    Sweet Home Alabama
    .-= Ptinutz´s last blog ..Aie Caramba =-.

  47. Indiana Jones! Can’t forget that one! Or Oklahoma! Or a scary one like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but I’ve never seen that one.
    .-= Huntley Edwards´s last blog ..Hooray my brother got married! and um not married…and gammie died. πŸ™ wtf! =-.

  48. Jersey Girl!

  49. Pretty shawl! I know of “Happy, Texas” & “Paris, Texas”.
    .-= Roseann´s last blog ..Rosebuds Sock =-.

  50. How ’bout one for every state I have lived in?

    My home state of CT: Christmas in Connecticut
    The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) there are surprisingly few ‘New York’ moves – apparently Manhattan is where it is ‘at’.
    Picturesque Massachusetts (1942)
    The Man from New Mexico (1932)
    UP, MIchigan! (2001)

    Hmm. Wonder where I will end up next!
    .-= meg´s last blog ..Michigan Fiber Festival August 2009 =-.

  51. Truth or Consequences New Mexico
    Raising Arizona

  52. anne marie in philly says:

    courtesy of the spouse comes these gems:

    four for texas (w/dean martin)
    1600 pennsylvania avenue (w/denzel washington)
    nevada city (w/roy rogers)
    louisiana purchase (w/bob hope)
    florida special (w/jack oakie)
    wyoming outlaw (w/john wayne)
    new mexico (w/lew ayres)
    maryland (w/walter brennan)
    virginia (w/fred macmurray)
    tennessee champ (w/shelley winters)
    abe lincoln in illinois (w/raymond massey)
    kansas raiders (w/audie murphy)
    the man from colorado (w/glenn ford)
    missouri breaks (w/marlon brando)

    in other news, lucy looks soooo cute…my meredith does that all the time when she wants me to rub her furry tummy!

  53. Frances’ comment above made me look up North Carolina, but all I came up with was “Bastard out of Carolina” which is SC.

    For other places I’ve lived, I would include “Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977 satire), “New Jersey Drive” for NJ (but really, Garden State is the best representation of NJ, I think. There’s also “Jersey Girls”) and apparently there are oodles of movies named “Texas,” but I would go for the movie version of “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982) for variety’s sake.

  54. Kay The Arky says:

    Mississippi Masala – one of my favorites!

  55. The Howards of Virginia
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

  56. Georgia Rules (Jane Fonda)
    Old Louisiana
    Minnesota Fats
    Arizona Trail
    The Virginian
    Washington Square

    (I love old movies on the Turner Classic Movie Channel)
    .-= Shirley´s last blog ..New and Old Projects =-.

  57. Does “Fargo” count?


  58. Florida Evans. Even though it’s not a state, Fargo, which is a city in North Dakota, NOT Minnesota, which is where I’m from.

  59. calicokitty6 says:

    “Federal Hill” is about Rhode Island and the story is very loosely based on actual event that happened here years ago.

  60. Texas Chainsaw Massacre, of course. We were in Kingsland, TX last week and one of the buildings on the property (lots of cabins and stuff – we stayed in a converted caboose) is where they filmed the movie. It looks kind of creepy even as a restaurant.

  61. calicokitty6 says:

    I forgot to mention there was an indy film about Rocky Point amusement park in Warwick RI. “You Must Be This Tall: The Rocky Point Movie”

  62. Lee Cockrum says:

    For some reason I was thinking you meant a song title!! So this is what I found first!
    “poor little Rhode Island”

    OOPS! So then I found a movie simply called “maryland” as that is where I am from!

  63. I know it was already mentioned but “Feeling Minnesota” means a lot to me. The old 1940s “cabins” that they stay at for much of the movie was filmed about 1/2 mile from my house.
    Right after the movie was filmed – they were torn down and an office building was built on the site.
    .-= JillsKnit´s last blog ..Buttonhole, buttonhole – who’s got the buttonhole? =-.

  64. Wisconsin Death Trip 1999
    Bootleg Wisconsin (because of where I live now)

    Oregon (high school)

    Arizona Dream (vacation in 200 days)
    .-= Elysbeth´s last blog ..Hopes – crushed and wildly fulfilled =-.

  65. Was going to say the Texas Chainsaw Massacre but saw someone else said it so there is also one called The Heart of Texas.

  66. I have one the Oregon Trail, and Getting out of Rhode Island.
    .-= LeenieBeenie´s last blog ..New Stuff =-.

  67. Going for Honorable Mention on the Rhode Island movie search:
    Getting Out of Rhode Island (2003)
    The Demon Murder Case (1983) (TV) aka “The Rhode Island Murders”
    First Rhode Island Volunteers (1898)
    Rhode Island Blue (2001)
    Shooting the Chutes at Providence, Rhode Island (1901)

    great question!
    .-= Susan Hurrell´s last blog ..To Boldly Go… where millions have gone before (I went to Walmart) =-.

  68. Well, there’s The Hotel New Hampshire, but Rhode Island, hmmmm.

  69. Oh my goodness there are quite a few if a person actually takes the time to think but then that would take away from knitting. So lets say Mississippi Burning and
    Wanda Nevada which is an old Western Movie with Peter Fonda.

  70. Jersey Girl has part of NJ; there was also the movie Garden State, which is the state name for NJ.
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..Vacation Decisions and a Chemo Cap for a Dear Friend =-.

  71. Raising Arizona.

  72. Looks like there might not be a South Carolina film. Hmmm.

    But my birth state has the simply titled “Iowa”. Gotta love those straight forward titles.

  73. According to IMDB there is a movie called “Iowa” about meth. How flattering…
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Remember the rainbow realization =-.

  74. Okay- that’s really funny that someone else posted that while I was typing it!
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Remember the rainbow realization =-.

  75. I’ve lived in RI all my life but don’t know of any movies with the state name in the title. A lot of movies and TV shows have been filmed or set in RI (Dan in Real Life, Providence, Family Guy). There is a cute song called “(Little old) Rhode Island is Famous for You.”

  76. “The Missouri Breaks” and “The Girl from Missouri.” And a personal favorite, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..Well, Duh. =-.

  77. Susan Foster says:

    Moonlight in Vermont

  78. Of course there is Oklahoma! which has been mentioned but there are other Oklahoma titles like:

    The Oklahoma Kid
    Baja Oklahoma
    In Old Oklahoma

    A few for Arkansas:

    Arkansas Judge
    I’m From Arkansas

  79. Well, the one I didn’t look up on IMDB was The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio – that was a good movie!
    .-= Donna´s last blog ..The James Brown of sock yarns =-.

  80. I don’t Ohio has been mentioned, there was “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio” and “The Oh in Ohio”
    .-= Mandy´s last blog ..Great Lakes Fiber Show =-.

  81. Escape from New York
    After the Fall of New York
    New York Minute

    I suppose they’re about the city, but since the state has the same name…

  82. “Mystery, Alaska”

  83. North to Alaska

  84. Feeling Minnesota (my home state)
    King of California (my adopted state)
    California Split
    In old California
    The Arkansas Traveler
    The Man from Utah
    Kansas Pacific
    Hills of Wyoming

  85. Christmas in Connecticut — a sweet holiday movie.
    .-= sprite´s last blog ..sock summit: day 2 =-.

  86. Oklahoma!
    Louisiana Purchase
    Iowa (2005)
    Sweet Home Alabama
    .-= Word Lily´s last blog ..Genre-ing: Risk and reward =-.

  87. Twin Falls, Idaho

  88. “Tennessee” (2008)- has Mariah Carey in it!
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..Loss =-.

  89. Rhode Island Blue (2001

  90. Someone beat me to “Mystery, Alaska” but no one has mentioned “Alaska”. Both are terrible representations of what Alaska is actually like. Also “Half Baked Alaska”. I haven’t seen it, but it has gone up 11% in popularity on IMDB this week. Might have to put it on my netflix.
    .-= Sally´s last blog ..The Marketplace! =-.

  91. I could think of two:
    Mississippi Burning
    My Own Private Idaho

    Most posted movies I have never even heard of!
    .-= Jaimie´s last blog ..Knitting like crazy! =-.

  92. But we have no Dakotas!

  93. Mystery, Alaska

    Also, Massachusetts is oddly missing from movie titles. From IMDB I found very little, but may favorite has to be “Legal at Last! (At Least in Massachusetts).” Though it looks like it’s less than a half hour, so I’m not sure that really counts as a movie.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away =-.

  94. Colorado – starring Roy Rogers
    .-= Lynn´s last blog ..And I’m Back… =-.

  95. Erm, I can’t think of any with the fulll name of my state, but there’s “Jersey Girl” and “Garden State” and everyone knows what’s meant.
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Green Stash Flash =-.

  96. Oregon (2000)
    Oregon Trail
    The Oregon Trail

    What a difference huh?
    .-= Rebecca Green´s last blog ..Portland Trip Redux! =-.

  97. ‘Mystery, Alaska’ – Which, incidentally, I saw on a very bad blind date while in college. I had no idea that I would move to Alaska less than two years after that!
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..A very long-term project =-.

  98. ‘Getting out of Rhode Island’ – I don’t have the patience to look through all your comments to see if I’m the first…AM I?! πŸ˜‰
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..A very long-term project =-.

  99. I have read through all the comments, and I don’t know of a Rhode Island movie, but “Abe Lincoln in Illinois” comes immediately to mind. The library I worked in right after college (in Illinois, of course) had an autographed copy of the script.
    .-= janna´s last blog ..It fits! =-.

  100. Mississippi Burning, Feeling Minnesota, The Arkansas Traveler

    And since there’s no North Carolina ones, I’ll vote for Cape Fear (the original w/Robert Mitchum & Gregory Peck).