A Girl's Gotta Knit

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

There are more than 10 knitters out there

So the other day I had the TV on in the background and a show came on called 'Evening Magazine' which is a program in our area that highlights events, unique things, and stuff you probably didn't know about our area. Well, on this day they were showing 'Dancing with Dogs'. This was a dance competition where owners and their dogs had chorographed a dance together. This event had about 10 participants and 3 judges, so not real huge by any means, but news worthy for a local evening program.
This got me thinking...'I wonder if they know about Stitch n' Pitch?' Turns out it all started here right here in Seattle 3 years ago at a Mariner's Game (Go Mariners!) and is now a national event. Hunderds of knitters turn out, some dudded up in feather boas and goofy hats, some in clusters with their local knitting groups (we have lots and lots and lots of Stitch n Bitches around here), some just there for the yarn shop booths, and some there for the chance to drink beer while watching a game and knit-all at the same time.
So, I dropped Evening Magazine an e-mail to their story tips e-mail. The response I got made me realize how few people actually know about knitting! Fellow knitters know how big it is, husbands/boyfriends/significant others know how big it is, family members know how big it is.....but the local news station was not a believer!!! Their response was..."the obvious question is why would you go to a game just to knit"...since this question didn't seem that obvious to me I responded, "it's not going to the game to knit, it's knitters going to the game!" I imagine he invisioned lots of little old grannies with their crochet hooks making afghans!
Right then I realized that a 'Dog Dancing Competition' with 10 participants is far more recognized than all us thousands (and thousands) of knitters, with all the events that we do (knit in public, stitch n pitch, charity knitting and so many more than I can list).
So to this, I say everyone who's Stitch n Pitch has not already come and gone-Do it up in style! Go crazy and really get us knitters recognized! People still haven't noticed that there are more than 10 of us knitters out there, they haven't noticed that we aren't all little old ladies knitting afghans for our grandchildren, they haven't noticed that we are a trendy, spunky, fun, happy bunch. They simply haven't noticed us at all....
So to that, I realize I need to go feather boa shopping!!!!!


At 10:22 AM, Blogger Liberty's Yarn said...

Maybe if we all drop them a little note they will know we are serious. ;-)

At 10:49 AM, Blogger knittingnurse said...

Didn't Stephanie Pearle-McPhee come to Seattle? If so, you should have the book shop that hosted talk to that show and tell them how many knitters showed up for the book signing.

THAT will get their attention.

At 11:17 AM, Anonymous lynette said...

that is very sad that they are not believers. are you going to the game? maybe you can take pictures and email them to Mr. Clueless and say 'hey are those knitters watching the game?' you can also send him links of all the GOOGLE searches you find of bloggers at the SnP games.

i'll be at our SnP in chicago next month knitting it up big time.

dog dancing competition - puleeze. oh and feel free to forward this to Mr. Clueless.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Alison said...

I'm kinda glad knitters aren't lumped into the same category as dancing dogs. I find that show quite patronising at times, and could do without the host's 'take' on a bunch of knitters and crocheters attending a baseball game.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger sharon said...

wish I lived close enough to go to that game. We would show them!!!


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