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Every year, I attend the Stitch ‘n Pitch event with the Seattle Mariners. I love to go, and always feel like it’s the perfect summer evening. It’s always on a Thursday night, so of course I have to work the next day. It totally cramps my style, as I have to leave early to go and catch a ferry home.
Every year, it’s a little different, in who we play, and who I go with. This year, we played the New York Yankees, and I went with my daughter in law, her best friend, and a good knitting friend of mine. We had the pleasure of meeting another knitter, blogger, that I met on Instagram, Evin O’Keefe of Evin OK!
Summer in the Pacific Northwest is amazing in that’s it’s never too hot and sticky, but always blue skies. Our Stitch ‘n Pitch event is amazing with all the yarn vendors. It’s hosted and organized by Pacific Fabrics. The doors open a couple of hours early so you can shop, and eat and have a great time.
So, all of us had to work that day, except Evin, being on vacation. Yep, that’s how we were able to meet up. She was visiting our fair city, and contacted me. ANYWAY, we took off early, and all met up in front of the stadium. Jana, my knitting friend works in Seattle…actually, not far from the stadium, Dionne, works in Kirkland for Microsoft, my daughter in law Kim & I had to catch the ferry.
We all met up at 5, when the doors open and enjoyed happy hour down in the Pen where the pitchers warm up. Safeco Field has really turned into a foodie stadium and we all chose different things for eats! We looked at all the yarn, found our seats and had fun knitting, talking and watching some baseball as the sun went down.
All of a sudden, it’s time to evaluate the ferry system and make a judgement call as to when to leave, and get back to the ferry for our journey home. The Yankees beat the Mariners, but we still had a great evening. Until next time Seattle, and it was a pleasure to meet you Evin~
*you can always click on any picture to see it’s larger form
Attend the 13th annual Seattle Mariners Stitch N’ Pitch and watch them take on the New York Yankees. 7:10pm start with the doors opening at 5pm
World Wide Knit In Public Day is a notion that is already, mostly a common practice for knitters, I believe. Never the less, it’s fun to have a day during the calendar year that knitters can plan to spend, doing what they love. For me, I guess, the most astonishing aspect of this special day, is that it’s a world wide concept. That is significant!
I think the development of Ravelry has really brought the world together…the stitching world. With all the groups, designers, focus on yarns, and patterns, and a way to organize your projects, and even your stash, you search for a project made with a certain yarn and find that the person that knit that project lives in Canada, or New Zealand, or Ireland, Japan or Norway. It’s an amazing world wide thing!
Back to the concept of knitting in public, it is in some regards what knitting is all about. It’s a great creative outlet for sure, but it’s a way to keep hands busy. If you hate to just sit on the ferry boat on your way to work, or the bus or train. If you hate to just sit there waiting for the doctors appointment (my all time high was 2 hours, and that was pre-knitting). In those instances, we are knitting in public. I have to admit though, when I am knitting in public, I could look around and not see a single person knitting, or crocheting. It has made me wonder, with 7 million members on Ravelry (that is a world wide figure, and not every knitter is even on Ravelry), and 1,044 yarn shops in the USA alone, why don’t you see more people knitting in public?
I don’t know the answer to that question, but I do know that World Wide Knit In Public Day is every year in June. Even though it’s a busy time of year with kids getting out of school and graduations and Fathers Day around the corner. I always go to the event that the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas holds. Cold or warm (yes, sometimes it’s cold in June in the Pacific Northwest), we have a great time. They serve us tea and cookies, we shop, visit, knit and the passers by look on and notice what we are all doing, and some even stop to say hello and look at our work. I think it does help the craft. It’s like a small planted seed into the minds of others.
If you know of a World Wide Knit In Public Event or get invited to one, you should strongly consider going. It’s fun and part of the wonderful community of stitching. These are pictures from this years event held on Bainbridge Island, at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas! If you have any pictures you took, email them to me and I will add them to this post. Calling Alaska, California, Texas, New York, Idaho, Vermont and all the states – we’d love to add your photos. You can click on any of these photos to see their larger form~
Where I live (which is in the Pacific NW) there are 3 major yarn crawls; one down in Portland called the Rose City Yarn Crawl, the LYS Tour on the Seattle side of the Puget Sound, and the PNW Yarn Crawl in the south sound (which happens twice a year). The Rose City Yarn Crawl happens in early March every year, the LYS Tour is mid May and the PNW Yarn Crawl happens in early May and again in October before the holidays begin.
It’s so much fun crawling from shop to shop. Each shop comes up with a pattern, that they are offering up for free. You get your passport stamped and they offer the yarn for that project at a discount. They have daily prize winners and a gift for finishers, plus one grand prize winner. It’s a great way to get inspired if you are in a knitting funk. The yarn crawl is also a fun day out with friends, doing what we all love, ‘going to the yarn shop’.
I first heard of this concept years ago from a quilter friend of mine. I’m so glad that the yarn shops are now on board. It’s a fun outing to look forward too. We can get so mired in our daily routines of life… work, the kids, homework, meals, errands… that’s its fun to plan a fun day out or a weekend away possibly.
This year, my friend Jana and I charted our route and hit the road – she drove. We did the PNW Yarn Crawl, made it to all the shops in one day, and even stopped for coffee and lunch. I think I bought something at every store, but you don’t EVEN need to do that. It’s so fun to see what each shop comes up with for a pattern. We took some pictures, and posted on social media – it was a blast. We even ran into a few friends at one of the shops.
If you are wondering, if your area has a yarn crawl, get to know the folks at your local yarn shop. Use our shop finder to find a yarn close near you. If you knit solely on-line, you are really missing out on a wonderful and fun community, just waiting for you to join in. Your best friend is waiting!! *You can click on any of these photo to see a larger version~
Every year, Stitches is held in various parts of the country. Stitches is a huge knitting event full of classes and a vendor market. We have one here on the west coast, and someday, I will attend. In the mean while, Yvonne, a regular contributor attended this years event, and here is what she has to share with us!
Daily drawings — join in the fun!
My friend Lynn, a wonderful knitter, finished her Snow Ghost hat. It’s really a work of art, and nice and warm. Here is the link to the pattern https://www.polkadotsheep.com/snow-ghost/
DFW Fiber Fest is the premier annual fiber event in the Dallas-Fort Worth community. Held each Spring, DFW Fiber Fest is a locally focused non-profit organization that offers both vendors and classes. We bring in a juried selection of local and regional fiber vendors (with a few who are from outside of our regional area to spice up the mix). Educationally, we offer a slate of classes from both nationally known and local teachers in the fiber arts – primarily in knitting, crochet, and spinning.