08 October 2008

Stitch 'n Pitch 2008, and Something Spooky This Way Comes

In the event that you don't know (or maybe even don't care), I would like to point out that tomorrow evening at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia, the Phillies will take on the Dodgers in the first game of the National League Championship Series.

I [finally] made it to see a Phillies game at the new park (OK, so it's a couple of years old, sue me) this past August when I went to the 2008 Stitch 'n Pitch. It was really a lot of fun, even though it was one of those evenings when it was about 90 degrees, and 97% humidity. But my friend Sharrie and I headed down to the park after dinner, armed with our knitting and the desire to see the Phillies win. (Fortunately, we had our knitting, 'cause the Phillies sucked big time and they lost to the Florida Marlins, who also sucked big time, just not as much as the Phillies on this particular night.)

Anyway, it was so weird to see so many people of all shapes and sizes knitting and doing other needlework at a baseball game! It was crowded, and from what I could tell, the whole section reserved for the stitchers was filled. The only person I saw that I knew was Liz, who came over and chatted for a while, so we had a chance to catch up. Because even though we live approximately eight miles away from each other, I hadn't seen her in person for about a year and a half ...

Plus, there was beer and then later, ice cream.

In conclusion:

Tickets, beer, ice cream: $35.00
Seeing the ballpark: Excellent
Knitting during the game: Fun
Observing other spectators with a friend: Priceless

Creepy creepy creepy ...

A little while back, I signed up for The Very Vintage Halloween Swap. My swap partner, Brenda, lives in Texas, and has a pretty amazing garden - it has even been designated as a natural wildlife habitat, and she is only about 90 miles from Dallas!

I had a lot of fun putting together her package, and I would love to show you what I sent her. But since it didn't occur to me to take a picture before I sent the stuff to her, that's not gonna happen. So just think to yourselves how magnificent it must have been ...

I do have to say though, that it was not nearly as cool or as weirdly creepy as what she sent to me:

YIKES - he's really creeping me out! The wheels on the bicycle move, so I have had some fun having him "ride" over to the cats. (Well, actually Jetsam is the only one who tries to figure out what is going on - the Garden Kitty runs and hides, and Tess just sends me death-ray glances ...) This is definitely one of the best Halloween decorations ever, as far as I'm concerned. I think I'll wait to put it out after this weekend, since my great-nephew Zach is coming to visit, and I don't want his first overnight visit to our house to be remembered as a traumatic event!

Thank you Brenda, for such a great decoration, and something so wonderfully weird. It's a perfect addition to my other Halloween stuff.

13 comments:

KatCollects said...

How fun is that, I think he's cute ; )
Kathy

Alison Boon said...

He certainly has character. I heard about the stitch and pitch from another blogger and she had a great time. I just wish I could remember who it was???

Mad Red Hare said...

I absolutely love him! At the shop I work at we carry Halloween items by that artist. I recognize the tag. Way cool!

Liz K. said...

After we left the game that night after the Phils stunk, my sister shook her head and said gravely, "I blame Bridget C----y."

So please, for all our sakes, stay AWAY from the Bank for the next few weeks.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

I love him! He's definately creepy and wonderful in a perfect way for Halloween! Did she make him herself, I wonder? Some people are incredibly creative.

Your Stitch and Pitch night sounds like lots of fun.

Brenda@A View From The Pines said...

I'm glad you like him, Bridget. I put your gift to me on the mantel, where I designed a Halloween vignette. I shall take a photo of it and post it probably today on my blog. (By the way I've moved to http://aviewfromthepines.wordpress.com.
Anyway, I saw this skeleton on the tricycle on a site featuring artists. And you had said you didn't have a lot of room. So I thought he might fit in most anywhere.
Brenda

fallwitch said...

Oh! Me love!

Quilting Mama said...

What a cool and creepy piece.
Zach might actually be fasinated with it, in that weird little kid way.

KSD said...

That is one of the best swap gifts I have ever seen. . .

Jeanne said...

What a great decoration!

KA said...

Bridget, I hereby renounce my plague upon your name. Hex begone!

I sat through enough mid-season doldrums games this year to know all too well that I really can't blame it on Bridget Clancy.

Go Phils!

(Liz's Sis) Kate

Lorraine said...

Bridget- I really think he's cute. Halloween is the best.

Carrie K said...

Tess's reaction is cracking me up. The withering glare? lol. He's a cute bike riding skeleton! Where on earth did she dig him up? Har har har. :)

The knitting & the ice cream sounds great, the game, not so much. Live games are pretty entertaining. Otherwise, I am anti-sport.