Stitch N' Pitch at Shea Stadium: Sept 25 Mets vs Cubs

I'm going this year . . . are you?

From the Stitch N' Pitch home page:
"What is Stitch N' Pitch?
Stitch N' Pitch brings together two wonderful traditions — Baseball and the NeedleArts. Come to a ball game and knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch and needlepoint. Sit among friends, family and colleagues and cheer on your favorite Baseball Team. Beginners, intermediate and experts are all welcome."

The first time I heard about this program was just about a year ago. It was a few weeks after the first Stitch N' Pitch at Shea, but I signed up to get the newsletter so I'd be ready to go to this year's game against the Cubs.

More than 20 Major League teams participate in this program and in 2008 at least as many Minor League teams across the country also joined in the fun. Locally, the only Major League team to participate is the NY Mets. Well, the Phillies also participate, but I don't consider them local. As a matter of fact, 14 teams in the National League participate -- way to go National League!! (It looks like the only NL teams not on the list are the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.)

I don't really know any other stitching Met fans, so I'm going with Rich. I just bought my tickets online last week; I'll have to pick them up at the stadium before the game. The seats are unassigned so I don't really know where we'll be sitting, but I'm pretty sure it will be in the red upper level reserved sections.

It seems that most of the emphasis is on knitting and crochet, which makes sense since most projects using these techniques are very portable, and TNNA, the force behind this program, is a trade organization for professionals in the knitting, crochet, cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint and embellishment industries.

I'm not really a knitter or crocheter even though I do occasionally knit and crochet. I don't needlepoint, either. I have done cross stitch and other counted thread hand embroidery for many years, but not so much recently. Most of my stitching and embroidery is done by machine these days. So I don't know if I will bring a project to work on at the game, but I do plan check out all the expo tables that are supposed to be on the Concourse. And I'll be sure to bring some of the Mets items I've sewn in the past few years. I've got at least a week -- maybe I'll come up with a new project to work on during the game.

I don't really know what to expect -- but it should be interesting!

The Group Ticketing page at mets.com says this is the 2nd Annual Stitch N' Pitch at Shea -- since they use the word "annual", I would hope that this tradition will continue at Citi Field in the future . . .

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