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San Francisco Giants’ Stitch and Pitch Night and Camino Bubbles

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I've missed my Willie

Every year our San Francisco Giants host a night for knitters and crocheters called Stitch and Pitch. Stitch and Pitch is a national initiative where local knitters can support their local team and get swag and recognition on the jumbotron. Some teams go all out and make the icons for the bases into balls of yarn and other neat tricks. Here in SF we are just happy to be mentioned and get to sit together in the chilly night air, huddled for warmth, knitting things we wish were finished in time for the game that night.

This year was no exception. Despite it being the official first day of summer although it was warm at lunchtime by nightfall the airs were quite frigid and we were grateful for our lap blankets, warm coats and fuzzy knitting things, and my hat from a previous year.

The teeshirt they gave us this was extra special, it has a sleeve patch that says 2012 World Series Champions! I think it’s really sweet that the Giants make up shirts for their knitting fans.

We didn’t have a special section this year but rather were scattered throughout the stadium, over 500 knitters were there this year.

My view, waaaay up there

Nice view, right? We really cracked up the people sitting behind us though, they just couldn’t believe we actually knit at the game. Yes, we do, and my Camino Bubbles shawl was wonderful to work on, being so warm and fluffy.

Of course we really enjoy the food at the ballpark too, it’s one of the highlights. Where else can we enjoy a “California Cheese Steak Sandwich” which is chicken, mushrooms, onions and peppers and “cheeze sauce”.

So wrong - so fucking right

After a thorough handwashing, I worked on my shawl until it got too cold and then just huddled my hands inside of it.

Camino bubbles 1/2 way through

I am about halfway through at this point. Although the Ivy Trail colorway looked great wound inside the ball, I am not very much in love with the colors as they appear in the shawl. I am committed to it though and I am sure I will find the finished object more versatile colorwise than it appears to me now.

Camino Bubbles update

Sadly we lost the game that night but it was fun to be out there wearing our Stitch and Pitch orange and black.  Can’t wait for my next game!

Stitches West and a Gentle Return to Knitting

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A weekend ago or so was Stitches West, the giant yarn, fiber and notions conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center. For quite a few years I have been attending with E___, my friend and knitting mentor (and also my fellow baseball buddy), and lately with my artist and crochet sisterfriend L____ and A____ have been joining us for shopping and ramen afterwards.

This was my first real weekend post flu and post ankle surgery where I felt almost like a normal person. Walking and standing is still cranky but we scheduled lots of tea breaks and the gals brought lots of snacks to keep our energy from flagging.
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This year the convention center seemed rather quiet, we went on a Sunday, which is the last day of the conference and perhaps people were done for it but the crowd was thin and the shopping was even thinner. It might be a sign of the tightened economy, or perhaps because it was nice weather out but there wasn’t much going on that day. We all were on tight budgets and that never helps with shopping, but we enjoyed being able to visit every booth and have time for breaks.

E____ and I both found some great sock yarn for the San Francisco Giants games, a cutely dyed sock yarn from Miss Babs in a colorway called Pumpkin Apocalypse. E___ might be making a shawlette but I am going to make socks.

There was a very pretty pattern for a Cedar Leaf Shawlette in a green silk and wool blend but sadly there was no yarn anywhere within the convention center that was right weight with a little silk in it and in the right verdant green. I will need about two to three skeins to make the shawl and will save this pattern for when the budget allows more yarn shopping.

We spotted a simple sweater by Olga Jazzy, the Sakasama Jacket. I would like to try this pattern since I have boatloads of kid mohair but the booth was out of the pattern. I can get it online however.
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At another stall was selling mink yarn in jewel-toned colors at mink-like prices, but ooh, so very soft and lovely. All animal fiber yarn is from animals where they are either shorn or combed for their hair/fur, how does one shear a squirmy mink? It doesn’t bear thinking about overmuch.

This stall also had a sample scarf by Alchemy using their paper yarn which is surprisingly soft after washing. The scarf is combined with Alchemy kid mohair yarn that I’m obsessed about but the scarf is felted or washed vigorously after knitting to shrink the mohair part. I’ve seen it before at the Interweave Knitlab marketplace. I am still tempted to try this someday. The coir palate is pretty on me and they have a longish bolero which would be very nice to wear over all my inevitable black wardrobe pieces.
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(the ubiquitous Feather and Fan pattern again!)

It was always great fun to see Tina Whitmore of KnitWhits and I snatched up a ball of her Freia ombré yarn that changes from a deep grey-black to an Aegean teal. Tina explained it was a new color direction for her ombré yarns. She had only made a little for the New York show she attended and they were snapped up, I wish I could have seen all the colors she had made! Hopefully, in future, she will make more. The winking green-blue eye for this yarn really called to me and I couldn’t wait to make something with it.

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We putzed around for a little while longer and then went out for dinner at Ramen Club. This is the second best ramen I’ve found in the Bay Area.
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It was a lovely, full day!

The moment I got home I pulled out my two purchases plus the pretty pattern and I did not resist the incredible urge to start knitting.

Happily a quick search on Ravelry led me to the adorable Elk Tooth pattern by Caitlin ffrench. The talented knittingnurse on Ravelry had made up this pattern in Freia yarn in the same weight and a slight modification to use up one ball of yarn. I am about halfway done now and simply love the look and feel of this yarn. I can’t wait to wear this scarf.

Fear the Beard

I work for a great firm and the preponderance of the staff are young men. After a particularly grueling project spanning many months the team had a wrap-up meeting where apparently some great wine was consumed and manly challenges were issued.

I can grow a beard better than you!

Oh yeah? Mine will be fuller!

You get the general idea…

A Managerial email was issued late that night:

Various members of the (redacted) team who shall remain anonymous (but include various levels) have challenged the office to a holiday beard growing contest. Growth begins tomorrow with judging to conclude at the office party on 12/16. Awards for both length and style.

Appropriate client presentation must be adhered to to compete. Please don’t go to a client meeting looking like a mountain person.

There’s been lots of boosting from members of the (redacted) team. Best of luck to all. May the razors have a happy holiday break.

Several staff replied to this notification:

I assume women get to participate as well. This is San Francisco after all. ; )
—– (from the female Director of Marketing)

Movember has passed… Decembeard, perhaps?
—– (from a female team member)

Hilarity ensued. And a distinct general scruffiness of appearance in the male facade has been observed this past two weeks.

It also sparked a memory of some clever gal on Twitter posting pictures of knitted beards they had made for our 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants in honor of Brian Wilson who started the Fear the Beard craze in the team and throughout the country.

The hunt was on for a suitable beard pattern, and I found one and started churning out beards.

The party is tomorrow, I hope we girls win! Haha!

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