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When my editor asked me to come up with an idea for interacting with some of my readers, I mentioned I'd just had the pleasure of meeting several at a sit, knit and crochet event I attended. She immediately said, "We could do that here!" After breaking into a "happy dance," I regained my composure, returned to my work space and began making plans.

Now, with all loose ends in place, let's get together for the first (ever) "Detroit News Stitch-Together," set for May 13 from 2-4 p.m. at our new location, 160 W. Fort., in downtown Detroit.

Fifteen knitters and crocheters will be selected to be part of a free afternoon of knitting and crocheting with lots of fun and creativity, coffee and donuts, and a drawing for a gift basket with a retail value of $230, generously donated by the Wool & the Floss (397 Fisher, Grosse Pointe) as a door prize for one lucky winner.

The basket contains four skeins of Malabrigo Lace, a Dream in Color Exclusive Club 2014 Classy yarn kit with a knitting and crocheting pattern, five skeins of Prism Dover, five skeins of Zitron Trekking, one skein of Splash, a Stitch Happy notebook and pen, Heel Foot Cream, Wool Wash for Natural Fibers, and a pair of lighted reading glasses by Foster Grant.

For a chance to be part of the "Stitch-Together," just send an email to yours truly at jbrown@detroitnews.com with your name, daytime telephone number, a paragraph about why you'd like to be part of the group, how long you've been knitting and/or crocheting, and a photo of a recent project. Please put the words "Stitch-Together" in the subject line. (You must be at least 18 years of age to enter.)

The deadline to submit your entry is May 4 at midnight. Winners will be notified by email.

Those selected will be asked to bring 15 copies of their favorite knitting or crocheting pattern to share, a finished project for show-and-tell, one new skein of yarn from their stash to trade, and, of course, something to knit or crochet.

The Detroit News is one block west of Campus Martius. Hourly parking is available in nearby surface lots.

Detroit News Staff Writer Jocelynn Brown is a longtime Metro Detroit crafter. You can reach her at (313) 222-2150 or jbrown@detroitnews.com. For more craft news and giveaways, visit her blog at detroitnews.com/crafts.

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