Mariner Socks

Years ago when I first started America’s Knitting, I met a local gal (to me), that dyed yarn.  She did a yarn that had the colors of our local major league baseball team (Seattle Mariners) in it.  Every season the ball club had an event called Stitch ‘n Pitch.  I had decided that I would be a vendor and showcase our website and how it worked.

I had promoted, that I would be there at the game with a booth, and that I would have a drawing for a give away basket, during the 7th inning stretch.  Wendee with Hazel Knits contacted me and asked if I would like to have a skein of her special Mariner colorway that she called ‘Hometeam Baseball’ for my basket.  I thought that was very generous of her, and a great addition to my basket.  When it arrived in the mail, I was so surprised at how much I loved it.  That was my first introduction to her yarn.  She sells her yarn on-line, but she also sells her yarn at a some yarn shops, and also attends different events, and sometimes has pop up shops.  When I saw it, I had to have a skein for myself.  One of the vendors at that Stitch ‘n Pitch event carried the yarn, and after setting up my booth, I went directly and purchased a skein for myself.

I’ve always said that Hazel Knits would be my desert island yarn.  I promptly wound my yarn, and searched for the perfect pattern for a pair of hand knit socks.  Then, cast on and built a Ravelry page for my project.  I just finished my socks in time for this years stitch ‘n pitch.  When I took a final picture and went to update my Ravelry page, I was so surprised to see how many years had gone by…. 10 — WHAT?!?!?!

I worked on these socks off and on throughout the years, all the while being distracted by the ‘cutest’ hat, the current KAL, the occasional charity project, that baby gift, or holiday prezzie!  I know that happens to everyone, but WOW what a distraction.  In the time that it took me to knit these socks, I actually learned all about the various aspects of knitting socks.  When I cast on, I really didn’t know how to knit socks, but by the second sock, I had kitchenered the toe all by myself.  These two socks aren’t exactly the same, but they fit, and I like them and will wear them.  Now, I have many more socks on needles.  I’m sort of a project junkie, and have way too many projects going to get anything finished in a timely manner.  OH WELL, that is how I roll apparently, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

The pattern I used was a Knitty.com pattern called Thuja by Bobby Ziegler.  This free pattern was written for an aran weight yarn, but I just did a math conversion to accommodate a fingering weight sock yarn.  The yarn shop that I purchased this yarn from is now out of business, but there are other yarn shops selling this lovely yarn.

It’s easy to beat ourselves up, or plain laugh out load, at how long some projects take.  BUT, I finished these socks, and love my knitting!!

 

 

 

Stitch N Pitch 2015

Batter UP!

The Stitch N Pitch events originated in Seattle and for good reason, we have the passion for this event!  Knitting is very strong in the Pacific Northwest, and it doesn’t slow down in the summer months.

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This years Stitch N Pitch event is the 10th Annual, and it’s always sponsored by Pacific Fabrics & Crafts!  There are tons of vendors, and charities.  We always have a special guest that throws out the first pitch of the game and this year, it was the distinguished guests from Noro Yarns!

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Carmel works in Seattle every day, and she gets off of work by 2pm.  I live in Kitsap County, so I have to take the ferry boat over.

USS Wenatchee

USS Wenatchee

The game doesn’t start until 7 and they open the doors to the public at 5, for shopping with all the vendors.  It’s always great weather.  I drive to Bainbridge Island and park my car, and get on the 1:10 ferry for Seattle.  It’s a 35 minutes ferry crossing and there’s always lots of boat traffic to take in.  Carmel has to change her clothes, get her car and drive down to the stadium, and park her car.   Safeco Field is within walking distance from the ferry terminal, so I enjoy a lovely walk.  There are lots of team stores along the way not to mention Starbucks, bagel joints, bars and the like.  Safeco Field where the Mariners play is literally right next door to the Century Link Field where the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders play.

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I always say it’s the perfect summertime event.  Lovely weather, baseball, the sun setting, ballpark food, and KNITTING!  What could be better?  I always go with friends and we have a ball.  For the last couple of years I’ve gone with Carmel.  Carmel & I hang out across the street at the Pyramid Ale House.  We have a couple of beers, get caught up and knit until the doors open.  This year my daughter in law and her friend joined us for a beer, and then we hooked up with Libbie, and more knit friends inside the stadium.  If you have one of these events near your home town, consider going and have some fun.  Until next year…

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Go Mariners~