While working through photos last night of the Reds-Brewers game, I came across an odd fan photo of a woman knitting. Yes, it was a July baseball game that involved the Brewers, 17.5 games out of first in the N.L. Central. In other words, the woman clearly needed something to pass the time.
But upon further inspection, it seems that knitting at baseball games is actually a semi-organized side sport for women at ballparks. We’ve documented at least 10 incidents of women knitting at MLB games since June.
A little more investigation reveals that The National NeedleArts Association is actually organizing stitching parties at ballparks.
And they have a catchy name.
Stitch N’ Pitch brings together two American 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.
The stitching at ballparks phenomenon isn’t a new concept. In 2005, the stitching community bought 1,600 tickets to a Mariners game (look at the guy stitching).
So while you’re slamming beers, doing the wave and fist pumping to Bryce Harper’s walk-up music, there’s a lady creating an afghan for the coming winter. It’s just a new reality at the ballpark.
Need more proof the stitching is out of control at baseball games? This is from 2011 when Mets fans “yarnstormed” CitiField with their works.