Sunday, 5 February 2017

Playoff Time

Tuesday night's game for the 73's was the last game of the regular season.  The results of the game had no effect on the standings for either team.  Winning only mattered for the '3s so they could say they won 30 games in each of the last 6 years.  They met their game goal but finished the season in second place.

Friday night was the first game of the playoffs.  The 2nd place finisher plays the 7th place finisher so Essex faced off against the Mooretown Flags.  The 1st period looked like the game was going to be close and exciting.  Essex managed a goal near the end of the period.  Essex put another 4 goals in the net during the second period and Mooretown switched their goalies.  With Essex leading 5-0 Mooretown become frustrated and the shenanigans started.  Essex lost two players due to injuries and Mooretown lost 2 players to gross misconducts.  One is on a 7 game suspension for derogatory comments and one on a 4 game suspension for an attempt to injure.

I agree that derogatory or racial comments should not be tolerated in the game of hockey.  However, I find it a little strange that something that is said gets a more severe penalty than an action that could result in an injury.

Saturday night saw Essex travelling to Mooretown for game 2.  Hubby and I stayed home and followed the game on pointstreaks website.  It must have been a strange game.  Period 1 saw Essex with a penalty shot but no score.  Essex spent 33 minutes of the game in the penalty box yet still managed to put 3 goals into the Mooretown net.  Even the Essex back-up goalie was in the penalty box according to the pointstreak site but no explanation as to why.  This game is one of the only games I can recall where the other team had more shots on goal than Essex.  Essex though shorthanded a good portion of the game including a stretch of 7 minutes still shutout Mooretown from the scoreboard.  Mooretown is back in Essex on Tuesday night for game 3.  I hope Essex takes this series in 4 games.

Hubby and I were checking out who is playing hockey tonight.  Turns out no one is.  We thought this strange since Sunday night is a regular game night for some teams.  We are so clueless.  Tonight is Superbowl Sunday where everyone else gets together to watch the half-time show and commercials.  I don't know anyone who admits to watching the game.

On the knitting front, the last two hockey games saw me pass the half-way mark on the Harry Potter scarf.  No picture since it looks the same as the last post only longer.

My friend sent me this picture and asked if I could knit her a pair of mittens like this to go with her new navy blue coat.


Now I looked at this photo and rotated this photo and still I am not really sure what she has in mind.  This looks felted but I did not have any yarn in my stash that has all these these colours combined.   I felt that the colours would be more important that the texture so I started these.




I hope she likes them.

I finished the world's cutest baby hat.


The hat is sitting on a piece of fabric I dyed.  Hubby thought I was crazy on Tuesday morning.  I hopped out of bed and became ecstatic that it had snowed.  I quickly showered and dressed.  He found me shovelling snow into a bucket and hauling it to the basement.  I was snow dyeing.  I had read about this technique and wanted to try it.  Back in December I gathered all the things I needed; salt, powdered fabric dye and the basket from my freezer then I waited for it to snow and waited and waited.  Finally enough snow fell Tuesday morning so I could gather clean snow.

The fabric had previously been washed so all I had to do was thoroughly wet it.  I scrunched it up into the basket and put the basket in the laundry sink so the melting snow could drain.  I filled the sink with clean snow, covering the fabric.  I sprinkled salt and powdered dye on top of the snow and left it.  After the hockey game I rinsed the fabric and used the drain and spin cycle to take out the excess water.  I hung to dry.  The next day I used the rinse cycle to take off the excess dye.  I am really happy with the result.  It will eventually be a nightgown for me.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

A Tale of Two Pompoms

Back in December, one of my co-workers on maternity leave brought her baby girl into the Essex office.  If you want to see a group of professionals melt into a puddle of gooey sweetneess bring a baby or puppy to the office.  My co-workers and I are no exception.  The oohing and ahing extended to the hat the baby was wearing.  I kept staring at the hat figuring out what stitches were used and where I might possibly find those pompoms.   It really was the most adorable hat on a most adorable baby.  Another co-worker expecting the birth of a grandchild in April looked at me and asked if I could make her one.

Sure no problem.  I headed out on a search for yarn and pompoms.  The hat needed two and they had to be fake fur.  I decided the yarn had to be chunky.  The hat had to have enough bulk to support the pompoms.  A fine weight yarn would be two wimpy and the weight of the pompoms would pull it down.  I found the yarn I wanted at a Stitch in Time in Leamington.

I started searching the net for pompoms.  Every site I went to were sold out or only had fuschia pink. Not that there is any problem with pink but I wanted something a little more neutral.  After all I had settled on a beautiful deep red for the hat.

On Christmas Eve, I found myself in Mary Maxim in Paris looking for pompoms.  The sales staff said they had been sold out for quite some time and were not expecting any additional shipments.  My heart sank.  I was late tuning into a trend - it was now over.  She did however suggest that they still had some key chains with pompoms on them in the gift department.  I headed over.  The pompoms were gorgeous.  A deep burgundy red.  Perfect I think until I looked at the price.  $15.00 a piece.  Now there are times when I am downright crazy but not so much that I would put $30.00 worth of pompoms on a baby hat that may only have a life expectancy of 5 minutes.  I left disappointed and pompomless.

By the time we reached St Catharines we needed gas and found a gas bar across the street from Michaels.  I headed in on my quest for 2 pompoms. I found one royal blue one.  Just one.  I carried it around the store looking for a clerk.  Maybe they had some more in a different part of the store.  Alas, no, the young man who checked for me said they were all out; this was the last.  One pompom was not going to do it.

I headed for the exit and there in all it's glory was a display of keychains with fake fur pompoms.  I could have done cartwheels if I was capable of doing cartwheels without landing on my head.  I made my selection.  At $5.00 per piece they were within the budget.  I go to pay and bonus - they were half price.

You would think this would be the end of the story but not so.  On Boxing Day I was in the Windsor store they had 2 count them 2 royal blue pompoms.  Before I even realized it they were in my basket and I was at the cash register.  They too were on sale.  Then the next time I was in London atLen's Mill Store they had 2, unbelievably 2 deep burgundy red pompoms.  I could not resist and 2 more pompoms made it home with me.

I was pretty sure the original hat used the brioche stitch.  So for the last 2 weeks I have been casting on and ripping back trying to make this hat.  Too big, too small, can't count stitches, can't remember how to knit the brioche stitch and on and on.  Finally got it.  I hope it is okay.



Yarn is Life Chunky by Stylecraft - 75% acrylic and 25% wool in Cardinal.  48 stitches on 5 mm needles.  About 7.5 inches in length before knitting 2 rounds of k2tog to finish the top.

The hat is to have 2 pompoms.  See ....


I wonder which pair Betty will like.



There has been other knitting on the go.

Hubby's ex-wife also attends the 73's hockey games.  This year I noticed that she seemed cold and was clutching her hands to her chest at the games.  I figured she might like a pair of mittens. Something in the 73's colours might be suitable.  I went into my stash and came out with some black, white and an orangey peach in a discontinued DK superwash wool.  I added some Cascade 220 Sport orange wool and came up with these.


One pair of Cloisonee mittens.  I gave them to P at the last home hockey game against the Blenheim Blades.  Essex won 6-3.  She immediately put them on and seemed genuinely delighted with the gift.

Essex only has two games left to play in the regular season.  Looks like the team will end up in second place this year going into the playoffs.

My niece asked me if I would make her a Harry Potter scarf in the Gryffindor colours.  I said yes but only if she took a hat too.  She would have to wait for it until September.  I would make it as another Harrow Fair entry.  I special ordered the yarn from Sue2Knits and Yarn in McGregor and started the scarf.


Cascade 220 Sport in Goldenrod and Ruby.  It is a giant tube closed at the bottom and will be closed at the top.  Fringe to be added at the end.  This will be a great hockey knitting project.  I get almost one repeat done (5") at a game assuming the game is not edge of your seat exciting.

I have two more requests but I am still working out what I want to knit in what colours and how I can turn them into another entry.  I may be a soft touch in the gifting department but more than happy to comply where it also suits my needs.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Finally!

I don't know where December went.  I was sick, then it was Christmas.  I took some time off work and attempted to clean up my house.  Not that it is a total tip but I like to get my house ready for tax season early.  Sorry for the silence.

I have been working on the lapghan.  The pattern is out of my head and I made it up as I went.  For me there is a pattern of behaviour in every project.  I start out with great excitement.  Once I figure out what I am doing then comes this long period where knitting on it is a slog.  I am forcing myself to keep going.  I want to knit on anything else.  I want to start 16 other projects.  In this case I picked out patterns and I picked out yarn.  I even bought more yarn.  I did not however dig any of the yarn out of the stash and I just did not feel up to rooting through my circulars to find the correct needles.  So I just kept on slogging on the blanket.

The next stage is when you can actually see the end of the project moving closer.  At that point I cannot stop myself from knitting on it.  The final glorious moment is starting the bind off.  Here I used a three stitch i-cord bind off. I can't believe I talked myself into such a long slow never ending bind off choice.  Once I am into the bind off I have to talk myself into going to bed, staying in bed, following basic hygiene practices and using the toilet before I leave a stream all over the house.

At last I am done. Well it still needs a bath but please don't burst my happy bubble.


Now to choose the next project.  I need something I can knit at the hockey game tonight.  These are the final few games before the playoffs.  The 73's are currently in 2nd place in the league.  Essex, Lakeshore and Amherstburg have been battling it out recently for 1st place.  The various teams are acquiring players and releasing players; getting the final lineup for the playoffs.  Whenever possible, Hubby and I have been attending the away games.  Tonight we are driving to Amherstburg.