Friday, June 13, 2008

June 29: Stitch N' Pitch Event

The Sheep Shack will present the First "Stitch N' Pitch" on Sunday, June 29 at 105 p.m. at the Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field in Worcester.
Fans of baseball and The Five Needle Arts -- knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, embroidery, and needlepoint -- will sit together as a group and cheer on the Worcester Tornadoes, due to host the Quebec Les Capitales.
Tickets to participate in this celebration of two timeless American traditions are $9 and are available only at The Sheep Shack; seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served.
"It made sense to bring two of the biggest passions together in one afternoon," confirmed Christina Lentz Larsen, proprietor, The Sheep Shack. "So many needle artists work feverishly through the professional sports playoffs, through the Olympics, and during their kids' team games. Since we are so fortunate to have a great Minor League team right here in Worcester, why not play ball and be creative at the same time . . . and, do some good charity work while we're at it!"
Billed as "The Perfect Double Play," "Stitch N' Pitch" events – a program of The National Needle Arts Association (TNNA) – are popping up in increasing numbers all around North America. The June 29th event in Worcester is the first in Central MA, and a unique treat for all New Englanders.
"We're very excited about the upcoming Stitch N' Pitch," explained Miriam Hyder, Director of Group Sales, Worcester Tornadoes. "This is a first for the Tornadoes! We're looking forward to it becoming an annual tradition."The Sheep Shack has purchased a block of 25 seats for that day's game located in Rows 7-9 directly behind home plate. Fans of both pastimes will sit together, strengthening community, promoting the needle arts, and enjoying the Great American Sport. Tickets are $9 per person and must be purchased from The Sheep Shack directly, located at 787 Main Street in Holden;. E-mail

At the Sunday, June 29th Stitch N' Pitch, participants are asked to work on a community charity project while enjoying the game. The selected project is to create handmade PIC line covers to donate to Worcester-area hospitals. (A PIC line allows repeated doses of intravenous [IV] fluid to be administered without having to repeatedly stick a needle in a vein. This is helpful when one has been told to administer IV antibiotics daily for six weeks.) During times of inactivity, the PIC line is covered to keep it from catching or pulling out, and it provides privacy to patients wearing short sleeves. The Stitch N' Pitch attendees will make colorful and creative PIC line covers, which The Sheep Shack will then distribute to area hospitals.

About Stitch N' Pitch: A program of The National Needle arts Association (TNNA), Stitch N' Pitch has hit a homerun with wildly successful events that have popped up in stadiums all over the US and Canada. Fans attend games while knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, and embroider. For more information, visit or

About The Sheep Shack: Currently located at 787 Main Street in Holden, Massachusetts, proprietor Christina Lentz Larsen has brought her lifelong love of knitting to the fiber arts community since 2003. The Sheep Shack carries a large selection of diverse fine yarns, as well as patterns, books, kits, and supplies. Additionally, The Sheep Shack is a certified Louet dealer and offers hand spinning tools, spinning supplies, and special order capability for spinning wheels. Ongoing classes and workshops run the gamut, for the beginner to advanced student of all ages. And, this LYS (Local Yarn Shop) hosts special events throughout the year, including book signings, special celebrity appearances, field trips, and community outreach initiatives. For more information, visit for a comprehensive list of classes, supplies, and fun information.

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