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Monthly Archives: September 2008

  • Crochet-Along: Sample Some New Stitches!

    Hey All!

    I've done some serious crocheting this weekend to catch up with some of you, but in the meantime, for those of you who are newer to the crochet-along, I’ve decided to give y'all a rundown of stitches to try if you are so inclined:

    First an easy alteration to make to any of the 3 existing blocks in the pattern is to simply try a different stitch. Try half double crochet in Block 1 for example.

    And have you seen the Stitchfinder? There are quite a few fun patterns to try out!

    Here are a few to take a look at:

    Lacey Stripes

    Concentric Squares

    Little Gems

    Textured Stripes

    Crochet Cable


    Lace Ripples

    Petite Popcorns

    Scallop Stripes

    If you're using one of these alternate stitches, don't forget to do a little gauge swatch and see how big each repeat of the pattern is, so that you can chain the right width for your block.

    What alternative stitch patterns have you added to your sampler?  Please tell us all about it, right here in the comments to this post!

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  • Stitchin' N' Pitchin' with Mr. Met!

    Last night was an amazing evening for many reasons. It was the 2nd annual Stitch N' Pitch for the NY Mets, as well as the fourth-to-last game played at Shea Stadium. This was the stadium that I grew up with and the home team that I rooted for, so this was my chance to say goodbye to Shea.

    Lily Chin, Mr. Met, and Jack

    Me on the field with my friend and designer, the one and only, Lily Chin (whose outfit, from baseball cap and mitt to jersey, were all yarncrafted!) and Mr. Met!

    Being on the committee for Stitch N' Pitch, I, along with other the members of the committee, was introduced and given an award on the field of the stadium. With my co-workers, my son, and my great nephew in attendance, it was a thrill that will always stay with me.

    There were many craft celebrities that attended this event, and it was great to see so many New York-area yarncrafters, including Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting, author Debbie Stoller, author and podcaster Mary Beth Temple of Getting Loopy!, as well as the Vogue Knitting team. I had the pleasure of speaking with needlearts designers Wenlan Chia, Nicky Epstein, Lily Chin and many others. It was also great to see a large number of members of the Lion Brand team at the game.

    It was a wonderful event with a great turnout. Over 1,000 knitters and crocheters came out to this amazing game.

    P.S. The Mets won on the last play of the game. Let’s go Mets!

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  • Yarncraft with Us at Shea Stadium!

    This season of Stitch N' Pitch, sponsored by the National NeedleArts Association, will be wrapping up TONIGHT as needlecrafters of all kinds come to Shea Stadium in New York for one of the Mets' last games in the historic stadium.

    Stitch N' Pitch is a series of national events that brings together all needle arts lovers at major and minor league baseball games. Last year's Mets game against the Braves sold over 800 discounted tickets to crafters who knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch, and needlepoint, and this year's event promises to be even better. There will be expo tables set up in the Concourse for tips, techniques, and lessons before the game.

    In addition to enjoying two favorite pastimes of baseball and needle-arts, crafters will be able to make baby caps for the Knit One, Save One initiative launched by Save the Children and the Warm Up America! Foundation. It's a great opportunity to "pitch in" for a good cause while having a good time.

    Just like last year, members of the Lion Brand family will be there once again to craft, chat, and have a great time. We hope to see you there! And for those of you who don't live in the New York area, we'll be sharing pictures from the event in a couple of days, so keep an eye on the blog!

    Have you been to a Stitch N' Pitch event in your area? Tell us about your experiences!

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