Members of the Franklin Women’s Club and In Stitches readers gathered at The Franklin Park Library to make purple baby hats for the Click for Babies Campaign.
As I write this on Tuesday, I have been corresponding by email with Angela Dubivsky, publicity chairman of the Franklin Woman’s Club, about our Stitch-A-Thon on Worldwide Knitting in Public Day, June 9. This will be our second year using Knitting in Public Day as an opportunity to make purple baby hats for the Click for Babies campaign.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, we’ll be at the Franklin Park Library, 3391 Route 27, Franklin Park. This is the same shopping center with Stein Mart and Confectionately Yours. The library will have tables where we can sit and knit, but if the weather is nice, we’re welcome to sit outside. They have a nice outdoor roof that shields us from the sun. If you plan to sit outside, you probably should bring your own chair.
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Knitters and crocheters are most welcome. In fact, we generally get more crocheted hats than knitted hats. There will be free purple yarn and baby hat patterns at the event, or you can bring your own. Bring your own knitting needles and crochet hooks. You can come for part of the event or stay for the whole thing.
Last year, Prevent Child Abuse NJ collected hundreds of hats from our Franklin Park event, which is easy to reach from Somerset and Middlesex counties. Let’s try to break our record. If you can’t get there on June 9, you can send me hats in the days leading up to the Stitch-A-Thon, and I’ll add them to the final count.
In fact, the Knitters United group at the Hunterdon County Library on Route 12 sent me two packages of purple baby hats this week, so we already have 65 purple baby hats for the Stitch-A-Thon count.
Stitch ‘N Pitch approaching fast
And as you get ready for Worldwide Knitting in Public Day, don’t forget that we have a Stitch ‘N Pitch game coming up on July 27 at the TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, home of the Somerset Patriots.
At past Stitch ‘N Pitch games, we’ve limited ourselves to a knit-along and crochet-along for chemo caps, and we’re still going to have free yarn and patterns to make those. But since some of you are so dedicated to making baby hats, we’re going open our knit-alongs and crochet-alongs to baby hats as well. We’ll have cotton yarn for chemo caps and red and purple yarn for the baby hats.
Readers of the In Stitches blogs and columns came to TD Bank Ballpark to enjoy a Somerset Patriots game and a KAL/CAL to make chemo caps for local hospitals. Lion Brand donated cotton yarn for the event. iPhone video by Pam MacKenzie
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This year, the Patriots are discounting tickets for us in the Stitch ‘N Pitch section, which is behind home plate. Bring your husband, son, daughter, father, mother, wife or anyone else who wants to sit with you; they get the discount as well. We need to fill up the block of 30 seats they reserved for us — and of course, I’d like to extend our section past this block. Stitch ‘N Pitch tickets will be $9.50, at least through May, and possibly beyond.
Eric Fuzer, our contact at the Somerset Patriots’ Group Sales office, has set up a webpage where you can order your tickets at the reduced rate. Here are his instructions:
Visit http://www.somersetpatriots.com/tickets/groupportal/, click the “Group Portal Login” button and enter password “knit.” That will take you to the July 27 game. Click “buy.” This will take you directly to the section reserved for Stitch ‘N Pitch. All green seats are available for purchase. From there you just proceed through the transaction and the tickets will be emailed directly to the person purchasing them.
If you have any questions, you can email Fuzer at email@example.com or call him at 908-252-0700, ext. 222.
Remember: knitting and crocheting together is even more fun than doing it at home alone. So come to our events if you can. And thanks for all you are doing.
Staff Writer Pamela MacKenzie: 908-243-6616; firstname.lastname@example.org. For links to free patterns and other knitting news, follow Pam’s In Stitches columns and blogs at www.mycentraljersey.com/institches.
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