Posts Tagged ‘hockey’


Hubby and I are back from a week in Montreal, and very grateful to my little sis for again house- and pet-sitting! Ready for a few highlights? It’s photo-heavy!

montreal skyline

First off, the hotel we stayed in had such amazing views we almost didn’t want to leave it! From one side of the impressively affordable suite, we could see Vieux Montreal, the St. Lawrence River, and Habitat 67. From the other side we could see a good chunk of downtown and Mont Royal. It was pretty stunning.

mont royal and downtown night view at night downtown view vieux montreal view

Even though we deliberately got a room with a kitchenette so we could take advantage of Montreal’s famous farmers’ markets and bagels, we had a surprisingly hard time finding any! We did manage to find a few local treats to sample though!

food truck maple ice cream vignoble william st. ambroise apricot

We spent plenty of time touring around Vieux Montreal’s beautiful old buildings and museums (And ice cream shops. So many ice cream shops.)

notre dame de montreal bank marche bonsecours  habitat 67scandal exhibit bubbles

And spent a day exploring Mont Royal too.

mont royal distance mcgill mont royal fountain mont royal beaver lake chateau view 2 chateau view 1 mont royal chateau mont royal cross

Of course, being hockey fans (if not especially Habs fans) we had to go to Centre Bell. We chose to do that on the only day it rained, because the so-called underground city meant we could walk there without ever actually going outside. Pretty amazing.

locker room bowman visit game worn richard hockey sweater

All in all an excellent week, with plenty of built-in knitting time as well! More on that later!


Puck Drop

It’s finally hockey (pre)season! I’ve been waiting for this day since June! In celebration, I’m releasing a new hockey-inspired pattern. My latest sweater Puck Drop is inspired by the hockey sweaters of the early league, but updated and tailored a bit to better suit today’s women.

puck drop

This sturdy game-time pullover features classic striping at the elbows as well as color changes around the neckline and placket which, in my personal favorite feature, laces up like a jersey. The tri-coloration lends itself nicely to the three dominant colors of most NHL teams, but it wouldn’t be hard to adapt for a two- or four-color team either.

puck drop detail

Puck Drop is a raglan that lends itself well to just a little positive ease. In the photos there’s about an inch of ease, which is just enough to wear a tank top or layering tee under it comfortably. Anywhere between .5 and 3 inches of ease will preserve the look and the layering ability.

puck drop full length

Puck Drop is knit in the round from the neckline down, with no seaming. This and the primarily stockinette body make it ideal for someone who has knit a sweater or two before, but isn’t interested in something especially challenging right now. It’s a great, spirited top perfect for easing you back into heavy duty winter knitting, and into hockey season! Anyone think they can get one done by the start of regular season? Three weeks to go!


Messy Hockey

This is why playoff hockey and lace knitting don’t mix.





Twice. Sigh.

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