They’re hooked on baseball!
More than 400 Mets fans set the Guinness World Record for most people crocheting simultaneously at Citi Field Saturday.
“Ladies, gentlemen, boys, girls, get your hooks ready!” cheered “Inside Edition” host and longtime crafter Deborah Norville, who has her own line of yarn. “Three, two, one, let’s crochet!”
Everyone cheered and crocheted away before the Amazin’s took on the Marlins as folks from Guinness observed.
Most crafters – 427 in all – worked on a project in Mets-appropriate orange or blue yarn, establishing the record for most people crocheting in the same place for 15 minutes.
Norville, who said she has been knitting and crocheting since she was 8, brought her husband and kids to the event. The fact that it was at Citi Field didn’t hurt, she said.
“We’ve been Mets fans for a very long time,” she said.
Crochet diva Lily Chin showed up ready to set the record in a homemade Mets uniform that she had knit herself, complete with a crocheted cap and even a mitt made out of yarn.
“It’s a little crazy, and it’s very hot,” she said of her outfit. “But it’s a lot of fun.”
Chin co-chairs the National NeedleArts Association, which organized the event and holds “Stitch ‘n’ Pitch” get-togethers at stadiums across the country.
“I thought this was a great team effort,” said Chin, “because baseball is a team sport. I thought it was brilliant.”
“It’s relaxing watching the game and crocheting – it’s a kind of therapy for us,” said Urmie Seenarine, 50, a weaving designer from Richmond Hill, Queens, holding up the beginnings of a blue-and-orange afghan.