Knit One for the Hometeam! Seattle Mariner's Stitch N' Pitch 2008comments (6) August 8th, 2008
Last night Raul Ibanez hit the stitches right off of the ball and sent eastern division leaders, the Tampa Devilrays home packing with a 2-1 win! Ibanez wasn't the only one sending a few stitches flying, thousands of Mariner knitting fans filled the stands of Safeco Field for last night's fourth annual Stitch N'Pitch game. The Mariner's started this hugely successful knitting event in 2004 and even though 25 major league teams currently play host to their stitching crowd, the Mariner's event, sponsored by Pacific Fabrics is still the largest. Over twenty-five fiber arts vendors lined the food court plaza with gorgeous displays of yarn, needles, patterns and onsite knitting tutorials. We (Jennifer Worick, Gregg Snodgrass, and I) arrived early to walk around hob-nobbing with the knitting faithful and get a little shopping in but we still didn't take our seats in the designated Stitch N Pitch section until the fifth inning (I was horrified to have missed so much of the game--but I had a few lovely skeins, from Spin Alpaca to consol me)!
It was great to be sitting there surrounded by so many people knitting, crocheting, and watching the game (well, kind-of watching the game.) To be honest, Gregg watched the game, Jen got some serious time in with her knitted cap while I looked around to see what everyone else was up to (I did get a few rows done on a knitted nametag for CraftStylish web producer, Vicky.) I purposely brought along the nametag project because it was small and easily portable, but when I looked around the stands I saw some huge projects. One woman who was sitting behind us was knitting a 'little shawl' that was about three feet long!
At the bottom of the eighth, I spyed these two guys who were knitting up a storm. A few months back, my boyfriend Gregg made an off-hand comment about how the perfect present for me would be for him to knit me a scarf (he does not knit and was only kidding). When Gregg saw my entire being light-up I watched him trying to discern whether he had just struck upon a wonderful idea or had just dug himself into a hole? So when I saw these guys I went over to ask them how long they had been knitting? Only since last year but they definitely were very into it. They both pulled multiple patterns out of their bags to show me some of the projects that they were currently working on. I introduced them both to Gregg, who smiled vaguely,waved and suddenly became extremely interested in the pitch count.
Oh, well, maybe next year? I am not going to give up on my couples-who-knit fantasy. Speaking of fantasies, I am also not going to give up on my other knitting dream--to go to a Stitch N Pitch game at Fenway Park. You never know, it could happen, more startling things have happened at Fenway.