I was so excited about going to the annual Stitch ‘n Pitch event at Citifield this year as this was the first time that I was actually able to go! The last couple of years I have known about this event I was either too busy to go or found out about it too late and missed out. This year I bought my ticket, though, and was ready! I love going to see baseball games. It’s one of my favorite sports to watch in person, but especially when it’s my favorite team, the Mets (and please, no jabs at how they’ve been doing lately, it’s a little painful to me). Note that I said in person, though, as I hate watching baseball on TV – too boring! But in person there is just something about the excitement of a baseball game, the players (always looking larger than life to me) standing out in contrast with the bright green field, the hot dogs and the beer, the sunburns and the baseball caps, the cheering and booing of the crowd and, to an extent, even the drunken fans. It all says baseball to me and though I didn’t get into games until later in life, it’s still one of my favorite things to do on a summer weekend evening. So of course pairing that with one of my other favorite things to do – knitting – was just a complete no-brainer to me! I already do knit at baseball games, so this wasn’t a completely foreign idea to me, but there was just something so cool about being able to do it with other people as well that I just couldn’t pass it up!
In trying to think about a project to take to a baseball game (in case you ever are contemplating this), make sure to bring something small and portable as well as something that you’ve already easily memorized. For me, this was a pair of socks of which I have had one finished since last year when – wait for it – I actually knit it while watching the Mets play in September! Yes, these have been waiting for almost a year to be a complete pair.
These were a test knit (pattern has since been published – it’s Psychedelia (rav link)) that I never shared with you all because I knit them right before I got the Swine flu and then I up and forgot about them! And that’s a real shame as I love how the sock came out.
After seeing this lonesome sock, and remembering that I had knit it at a Mets game last year, I decided that knitting its mate during Stitch ‘n Pitch was probably the most awesome idea ever! Plus, then that would mean that I could actually wear it. 😉
The game was awesome – Mets vs Marlins (of course the Mets won – Go Mets!) – and it was so cool to be able to knit along with a bunch of other knitter and crocheters!
Notice how everyone in this picture is either knitting or crocheting – and one girl is even wearing a Ravelry shirt! I couldn’t get any great shots because I took my crappy point and shoot (a bulky camera is just not a great thing to lug around at a baseball game, sadly enough) but I still love this shot I got of the woman next to me crocheting with some bright orange yarn!
My husband (also a Mets fan, though he’s first and foremost an A’s fan – I try not to hold this against him) took this picture of me holding up my sock in progress.
It was so much fun sitting in this section (there were over 500 knitters and crocheters there, I think, though I’m not 100% sure of the actual count) and we all talked amongst ourselves, though we didn’t know each other. I taught one lady sitting behind me how to do Magic Loop as she’d never seen it done before and she thought it was an awesome technique (which it is). It made me happy that I was able to help someone else out at something like this! 🙂
So it was a wonderful evening! I walked away with a slight tan, a win for my team, and a fun time with knitter and crocheters. What could be better?