If you thought the only needlepoint in baseball involved steroids, this may change your mind: It's the constitutionally bizarre pairing of knitting and Major League Baseball at today's National NeedleArts–presented “Stitch 'n' Pitch” appearance at Dodger Stadium. The NNA — dedicated to heightened awareness of knitting, crocheting, embroidering, cross-stitching and needlepoint — gets big points for properly inserting apostrophes both before and after the abbreviated 'n,' but — really? Well, if they can have All-You-Can-Eat Seats, anything's fair game. You can crochet and knit as the game plays on and the “woof woof” you encounter is not that of dejected Arsenio Hall and/or Phillies fans but instead the fiber woven perpendicular to warp fibers to make fabric. Look at it creatively: You can crochet a net in which to catch fly balls, those big knitting needles make excellent skewers for Dodger Dogs, and who doesn't love wearing those festive embroidered “We're #27” hands?

Fri., July 17, 7 p.m., 2009

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