Sunday, June 06, 2010


First: It was bag day, and everyone got a Mets bag--I am going to recycle mine to my friend Iris--a real Mets Fan (me? I am not much of baseball fan to begin with, but if any team holds my heart it would be the Yankees)

Plus: Everyone for Stitch N Pitch got a Stitch N Pitch bag-a great bag!

And what is a Stitch N Pitch event with out yarn?

As a volunteer, I helped –with a great crew-- to packed over 200 bags with Lion Brand HomeTown-(San Diego Blue, and Syracuse Orange—or as we saw the colors Mets Blue or Orange) with yarn and hooks (in under 1 hour!)

But at the end of the day, what I went home with was the Tahki/Stacy Charles cotton --given a choice of chunky or fine, well for me, fine (not really fine—about DK weight ) wins every time. (another crew packed those bags)

I ended up with the blue—and almost rue my choice- the orange was just so pretty!

Still as lovely as all the loots is—The best part of the day was the people.

First the Stars--
Libby—from TNNA—An organizer, and host who worked tirelessly.(she never stood still and all my photos of her are a blur!)

Lily Chin (what crochet event would be anything with out her?)
And she spent hours in her knit and crocheted Mets uniform--a real slave to looking good (in 87° degree weather, with high humidity!)

Stacy Charles—a gentleman of the first order--(standing next to Jessica, from Vogue knitting) It wasn't till the crochet event was over that I realized who he was!

Debbie Norville (here in the middle of the event, giving a demo on how to crochet.)

(Behind the camera for several shots—and unseen—Mike Devessa, from Lion Brand (who trudged from NJ for the event--Thank you Mike, for helping me with some photo's!)

Not photographed --we were all too hard working--was a great crew of volunteers--I am going to hold off naming names (since I don't have all of them!) but most of us didn't know each other, and in minutes we were working like a well oiled machine--each of gave (and took!)orders --no single person was in charge--we all just pitched ina and make quick work of huge job.

The Stadium—a really nice place—both inside and out.
It was my first time at this stadium--and it was the nicest one I have been in--(OK so my experience is limited to the Old Yankee stadium, Shea and this one.. but..well its still the best)

And Saving the best for lastThe PEOPLE—over 400 men, women and children—crocheting away—and with a half dozen more counting and verifying—and the Guinness official standing by as the witnesses counted.
(yes, that's me in the corner of that photo!)

Friends, too were part of the event! That's Kimberly, and Stacy, and Carolyn and Ruth further up in the nose bleed section.

The final count? I am not sure—I heard 410—but it could be a few more-Enough to qualify (350 are needed to qualify) More than enough to make it a Guinness Book of World Record's record setting event.

Oh, yeah, the Mets won, 6-1 over the Marlins.
(and I went home exhausted!)


Deborah Norville said...

Helen - it was a blast...and the final # was 427!!! Well done all! To celebrate, Premier Yarns has a discount code for 15% off on Deborah Norville yarns for a limited time. You can get the code at I loved being at Stitch and Pitch!

Deborah Norville

Robyn said...

awesome Helen!! looks like a blast. and i will even forgive you your Yankees comment since you were born and raised in the Bronx - haha!

JelliDonut said...

Congratulations! Looks like an awesome event.

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

So fun! Thanks for sharing; it looks like it was a big...hit!

Susie said...

Great post, Helen! Looks like it was loads of fun!

Hope said...

Thank you so much for showing me how to knit with a needle and crochet hook! I can't wait to try it out. I had an awesome time at Stitch and Pitch. Looking forward to doing it again next year!

|chee-uh| said...

Looked like an awesome time. Wish I had planned my visit to include that! It was great to see you though.