08/02/2010 1:19 PM ET
Stitch 'N Pitch VI at Safeco Field
Debbie Bliss, top knitwear designer, throws out ceremonial first pitch
The Sixth Annual Stitch 'n Pitch, which started at Safeco Field in 2005 and has spread across Major League Baseball, returns on Thursday, August 5, when the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers. Game time is 7:10 p.m.
Debbie Bliss, one of today's best known knitwear designers who has a string of best selling pattern books and a her own line of yarns, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. During the game, Bliss will sign copies of her latest book, The Knitter's Year: 52 Make in a Week Projects, at the Pacific Fabrics booth on the Upper Concourse of the ballpark. Pacific Fabrics will also have a selection of Debbie Bliss yarns for sale.
Tickets for Stitch 'n Pitch, presented by Pacific Fabrics & Crafts, are available at the discount price of $15 (regularly $22). Tickets can be purchased online at www.mariners.com/stitch. While supplies last, limited edition Mariner Moose Stitch 'n Pitch bobbleheads are available to Stitch 'n Pitch ticket holders at the redemption booth at the Outside Corner on the 300 level behind home plate. Deadline to purchase tickets online is noon, Wednesday, August 4.
While available, tickets can also be purchased in person at the following Seattle area yarn shops:
Pacific Fabrics & Crafts (6 locations); Acorn Street Shop, Apple Yarns, Burien Yarn Stash, Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, Fiber Gallery, Great Yarns, Knit for Life, Main Street Yarn, Renaissance Yarns, Seattle Yarn, Serial Knitters Yarn Shop and Tricoter. For groups of 25 or more, tickets can be purchased by calling 206-346- 4519.
A number of yarn and craft shops and fiber arts organizations from around the Puget Sound area will be at Safeco Field with samples, coupons, patterns and kits for sale, class schedules, and assistance from "Designated Knitters" and "Stitch Doctors."
Debbie Bliss is the best-selling author of more than 300 books on knitting design including Knits for the Home, Baby Knits, and New Baby Knits. After starting her career by creating and selling knitted plants to department stores in her native England, Bliss went on to become one of the world's foremost experts on knitwear design. She has developed collections for such retailers as The Gap and Marks & Spencer, and has her own successful line of yarns. Debbie lives in London with her husband and two children. Her website is www.debbiebliss.freeserve.co.uk.