There’s no need to be embarrassed about knitting in public, but I must admit that it’s a lot more fun when you can do so in a group. Are you with me so far? Imagine knitting while taking in a baseball game. Now imagine that you’re not the only one clicking those needles inning after inning. Imagine you sit amongst a whole section of folks enjoying their needlework — not just knitting, but also crocheting, cross stitch, embroidery, and so on — while they enjoy live baseball. Now stop imagining, because it’s a reality! Welcome to Stitch ‘n’ Pitch, an ingenious and delightful program whereby baseball teams all over the country encourage folks for one game a year to bring along their needle crafting while they enjoy a game.
The Perfect Marriage
Stitch ‘n’ Pitch is the brainchild of The National NeedleArts Association, or TNAA. Beginning in 2006, the event has grown in popularity as more and more stitchers have chosen to participate. At a Stitch ‘n’ Pitch night, those who tote along a needle craft sit in a special section of the ballpark. Both Major and Minor League Baseball teams offer the event, which has become about networking for those involved in needle arts as much as it is about the joy of public crafting and watching baseball. Executive Director of TNNA Patty Parish said this about the event: “[It is] the embodiment of one of our association goals — encouraging passion and education of the needlearts among the public. Our members see it as a win-win, because it shines a positive light on their businesses in the local media and in the community. Sure, it’s a fun night out, but the contacts made and the lessons learned all during a simple baseball game can have a lasting effect on the fans, who often become customers.”
How You Can Join the Fun
Check out the Stitch ‘n’ Pitch website. Click the “Schedule of Games” link at the top of the home page, and you’ll be shown a list of all the games, both major and minor league, in which a Stitch ‘n’ Pitch takes place. Then all you have to do is take your latest project to the game, and enjoy a time when you won’t be the only one in the stadium knitting in public!