Many knitters are familiar with terms such as Stitch and Pitch or Sticks and Stitches. These are organized events where knitters meet up at professional baseball and hockey games respectively. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love knitting (duh, I write this blog don’t I?) and that I love sports, especially baseball and hockey.
These events sound tailor made for me, don’t they?
Not so fast.
I knit while watching sports on television at home all the time. That seems to work out well. I’m still paying attention to the game, but at home I seem capable of knitting at the same time. When the play gets exciting I can stop and watch, and let’s face it, anything that is truly exciting will be shown in slow motion as soon as there is a stop in play.
Even though I pay attention to the game at home, I am much more actively involved in the game when I’m at the ballpark or in the arena. I applaud which is something I don’t do at home. I stand and cheer goals and home runs, which is also something I don’t do at home. I yell at the players and the umpires/refs, which is… oh, wait a minute, I do that at home too.
What am I supposed to do if I’m knitting at a baseball game and my guy hits a home run? How am I supposed to jump up and scream and clap if I’m knitting a sock? I don’t want to have to think about what stitch I’m on, or where my ball of yarn and needles will end up if I jump up and applaud. I don’t want to have to think about it.
That is, if I actually see the home run. Or that game tying goal. Or that great hit. I was reading this blog entry the other day. It was written by a guy who is a big sports fan who is marrying a woman who hates sports but loves knitting. She brings her knitting when she goes to games with him. Even though I thought knitting at a sporting event was a bad idea before, I really didn’t want to do it after reading the following:
While she was knitting, the Twins turned a triple play…A TRIPLE FREAKING PLAY…and she never knew it happened.
Now, chances are if I were knitting at a game I wouldn’t miss a triple play. I would bring an easy project that would allow me to pay attention to the game and knit at the same time. I would still fear what would happen when I spontaneously got up to cheer said triple play, but that’s besides the point. One of the things I like about knitting in groups is seeing what people are working on, checking out yarns I haven’t used before, and giving and receiving knitting advice. How am I to do those things and manage to see that triple play at the same time? Let me tell you, if I missed a triple play because I was looking at the yarn someone is using for that Clapotis they are making I’d be livid. It’s bad enough I might miss the triple play because of being in the restroom or buying food and drink, I really don’t think I need another reason to miss anything that happens on a baseball field while at a game I paid money to see. Same goes for hockey games.
So although two of three biggest passions are sports and knitting (the third being music), I really don’t think you will see me bringing my knitting to a professional sporting event near you.