July 29, 2005

Is It Possible to Have a Knitting Hangover?

Sigh. What an ordinary day today is. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, the clouds are small, white and fluffy, little birds are chirping joyfully outside my office window but, eh, who cares? The social event of the season, the Stitch & Pitch, is done, over, kaput, finished, and I feel bloo. But, no, I mustn’t wallow! I must pull myself out of these doldrums and assume my role as your cute and perky tour guide through what proved to be a fun, fabulous night.

Let’s get right to the good stuff, shall we, Dear Readers? Because I have a reputation for running scams, I’m sure there is a skeptic or two out there who thinks I made this entire thing up. Nuh-uh. And I’ve got proof.

This may look like just a crowd of normal people but this crowd is, in fact, composed of 99-44/100% pure knitting freaks. And scattered in and among all those bodies were yarn vendors, lots of vendors: Acorn Street, Hilltop Yarns, Pacific Fabrics, The Yarn Gallery, Village Yarns and Teas, Weaving Works... There was some major horsetradin’ going on in this area, believe you me. That, and a few elbows were being shoved into a few ribs as everyone scrambled to get their pink and white Stitch & Pitch t-shirts.


And, here, more irrefutable proof: Knitters as far as the eye can see.


This was only part of the crowd. There were many more knitters, including, to my delight, a few of the male persuasion, to my right and left.

Here, the Mariner Moose, draped in yards and yards of something superchunky and sickeningly bright (which, in this picture, makes him look as if he is bleeding to death from a severe head wound) throws balls of yarn into the crowd. His PR folks needed to do a leetle more research, though, because he threw many of the balls into a group of people in white shirts who were sitting to the right of us. Problem is, they weren’t knitters at’all but engineers, engineers!, on their own private outing which had nothing whatever to do with sticks and string. Did the engineers throw the yarn back to us, the true aficionados, the True Believers? Nope. Rat-bastards.


As for me, I did acquire a ball of silver and black eyelash Moose-propelled yarn. Notice I said “acquire,” not “catch.” After I had taken the pictures of the Moose, I was busy putting my camera back in my knapsack, head bent in concentration, when a small ball of yarn came winging through the air and whacked me soundly on the head. It caromed to the floor and rolled straight over to, ack!, the rat-bastard engineers. One of them, bless his heart, did, in this case, pick it up and throw it back but I was already back to fussing over my camera so the yarn whacked me in the head yet again and, yes, fell to the ground and skittered away. This time, though, Dear Reader Patti corralled it and handed it back to me, protecting me from what I’m sure would have been severe brain damage or worse, had the ball and my head collided for a third time. Death by eyelash. How ignominious.)

Here, TMK intent on the game.


She sat with me and the chitter-chattering knitters as long as she could but then escaped to this quieter, more fiber-free zone, where she could watch the game in peace. I suspect she thought that, sure, we all talked a good talk about knitting but when the game started we would get sucked in to the drama on the field and forget all about our needles and yarn. Boy-howdy, did we prove her wrong. For the duration of the game, there was as much passing around of half-finished items, sharing of patterns, discussion of the finer details of a good sk2p, patting of yarn, and squealing over beautiful colorways as there would be at any Guild meeting. We were just in a bigger building, is all.

And lest the skeptics among you think that Ryan the Scammer just hired a bunch of people to sit in some empty stands somewhere and hired the Mariner Moose to come throw yarn at us, all in an attempt to, pardon the pun, pull the wool over your eyes, a picture of the actual game. (Yes, those are the backs of some of the evil, yarn-stealing rat bastards. But in front of them, notice the hands clasped in the classic knitting pose—more True Believers!)


And, lastly, photo-wise and apropos of nothing, a picture of the Seattle skyline taken from the stadium.


A few more details:

For the first pitch of the game, a woman—don’t know who she was—threw a ball of yarn. It was very funny, especially when it unraveled all over the field.

The seventh inning stretch was renamed the seventh inning "stitch."

The Mariners report that 1,600 tickets were sold and they have every intention of doing this again next year.

Here, a follow-up article from the Seattle Times which mentions our very own little blog!

Oh, and did we win? Don't ask.

And lastly, YOU READ IT HERE FIRST!! With permission from the Megan Cifala of the Supersonics/Seattle Storm office, I'm pleased to announce that they are very seriously considering having knitting nights at at least one Sonics game and one Storm game next year. Megan contacted me after she read about the Mariner event, and we have been scheming and planning how we can make this happen. Watch here for the details!

Posted by Ryan at July 29, 2005 11:25 AM

Hey, I didn't know TMK has a TATTOO! You'd better watch out, that's an identifying mark, you know. ;)

Sounds like a great event! Glad to hear everyone enjoyed the scam.

Posted by: Kristen on July 29, 2005 11:59 AM

Too cool! Sounds like a blast....great post. :)

Posted by: Lisa in Oregon on July 29, 2005 12:30 PM

Sounds like fun! maybe it'll spread to other MLB teams as well...

Posted by: melissa on July 29, 2005 12:55 PM

You guys made the radio here in L.A.! I missed the actual interview but heard the DJ's saying they were going to talk to the Mariner's PR person about it. I bounced up and down in my seat and started yelling RYAN RYAN!!!!!!! Maybe it'll catch on other places, too.

Posted by: jenifleur on July 29, 2005 01:02 PM

Dang that looks like it was fun. Maybe us Portlanders can get a caravan together for the next event. Portlanders?

Posted by: Laurie on July 29, 2005 01:34 PM

What a wonderful event Ryan and if it was a scam, I've got to say, you run the best scams this side of anything Fun and charitable.

Posted by: Angela on July 29, 2005 01:56 PM

Damn, you're famous!

Posted by: Tracy on July 29, 2005 02:00 PM

I may have to plan a trip to Seattle next year. Hope they schedule it for a game against the Red Sox.

Posted by: Kat on July 29, 2005 02:28 PM

That picture in the article of the woman, man and child knitting is just wonderful...especially the look on the kid's face...(the ohhhhh man, these players suck look...I'm from Boston so I know it well).

You ladies are just plain awesome. And if TMK keeps posing for these photos, we will be able to eventually make her TK...I'd recognize that tattoo out and about, you know ;-)

Posted by: Lee Ann on July 29, 2005 03:24 PM

See, you don't need to be bloo, you've got basketball and so forth to orchestrate next. Way to go! You're almost famous! Just think what this could do for next year's Dulaan scam - er, project! - Dulaan knitting night at the ballgame!

Posted by: CarolineF on July 29, 2005 05:23 PM

Glad you had a good time but what's with the same pictures three times in the blog message?

Posted by: Charlotte on July 29, 2005 05:36 PM

Nice scam Ryan. You sure managed to get a lot of people to participate!

I invited knitting novices and their SOs from work and all were duly impressed! The two picture perfect children in our group (one of them a 5 yo knitter) kept waving at the frickin Moose who didn't get it AT ALL and never did get his fat a&% over our way. But we all got over it eventually.

Hope they do a 2nd annual event next year.

Posted by: Susanna in Seattle on July 29, 2005 05:40 PM

Hey...I was there, and it was very cool. I'm even in your pic of the crowd...way up there in the upper right corner, also known as section 341, row 20, seat 15. I thought it was a great idea and am very hopeful they'll do it again next year. We had a couple of guys from the Mariners marketing office come up to chat with us, asking for "feedback," and we requested (1) a section of better seats--out of the nosebleed section and (2) a knitter who gets to sit in the dugout.

Posted by: Julie in Redmond, WA on July 29, 2005 09:18 PM

How wonderful! What a blast to have all of those knitters together at a ballgame. Wish NC were not all the way across the country so I could join in the fun. Thanks for sharing pics with those who can't be there.

Posted by: Joy on July 30, 2005 01:41 AM

way cool ;-)

Posted by: vanessa on July 30, 2005 04:15 AM

I want to be the knitter in the dugout! Me me me me me me!!!!! . . . ahem, um, yes, that does sound like a very nice idea.

I had a great time, once I got over feeling like I was going to be spontaneously sucked over the edge by the height. Got to watch Gil Meche warm up, got to watch Brian Price shaking his head sadly while watching Gil Meche warm up. Got to hear people discuss Lily Chin at a baseball game. Got to talk about baseball AND knitting, and that was a treat. Got to hang with TMK. I'm in that picture, too, and you actually caught me knitting - up on the left just behind Mary B. Got to see the Moose up close - he must be a gymnast, I think. He's pretty small and he was walking on and climbing over the seats like a monkey.

Ryan, thank you again for putting our group together!

Posted by: Patti on July 30, 2005 09:15 AM

It was good to see you and chat a little at the game! I had a great time and it looks like you did too. Can't wait for next year!

Posted by: Tami on July 30, 2005 11:41 AM

I love the pic of TMK!!! I wish that I could have come....I know that I would have had a blast being able to finally meet you in person. :) Hopefully soon we shall meet....maybe you could come on our pub crawl for my 21st in a couple of weeks, it should be tre fun!! Laters!!

Posted by: Courtney the Cool on July 30, 2005 09:13 PM

you, ryan, have inspired me. i'm going to see if our local farm team would be willing to sponsor a stitch n' pitch night. granted, we're here in wee omaha, but still, we could overrun the place! and the 3 LYS's, plus all the department stores would have a field day, i'm sure! i'll even hit up the LYS's, as we speak about it. that would be FUN! hmmm, i wonder what the 7 inning stretch would be like?

Posted by: minnie on July 31, 2005 08:04 PM
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