Monday came quickly after a nice relaxing weekend, but Kris and I still had some fun activities planned to beat the Monday blues…
It was a special night – the Pittsburgh Penguins were in town to play the Washington Capitals!
Kris has been a Penguins fan from an early age, and I will readily admit that I developed my love for the game after meeting him (of course, I did like the Disney Mighty Ducks movies when I was a kid…) From the time that Kris and I started dating, I attended many of his hockey games and practices; with each one I learned more and more about the game: the rules, players, and history. So, attending a professional game is always a treat!
We rode the train down into the city, and our Penguins "gear" stood out among the Capitals' fans on the train – luckily no altercations! Kris has had this jersey for ages – it is probably 15 years old. My t-shirt is a remnant of my college wardrobe, the days we used to listen to the Penguins games on the radio
I realized that there was a real lack of sock knitting happening around here after the Socktoberfest activities. I still have two socks in progress on the needles, but I added another to the mix. This time, some socks for Kris. The yarn was a wonderful trade with Debi – she sent me two balls of this beautiful GGH Marathon, now discontinued, sadly. Debi made some socks earlier this spring in a similar yarn, and I commented on the colorway. Before I knew it, she had sent 2 balls to me! I picked up some lovely Tess Designer Yarns at Maryland Sheep and Wool this past year, and the trade was done And now I am working with it! Thanks again, Deb! Perfect for Kris – he wears greens, browns, and khakis often, and he likes this yarn. I am following the Gentleman's Plain Winter Socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. With my secret Christmas knitting, these socks may be all of the new knitting that you see around here for another week!
Most of the knitting occurred on the train ride to and from the game – the game itself was too exciting! I couldn't wait to get to the end of the row before I cheered for the goals! We had fourth tier seats, and a great view of the ice. The game started on a bad note for the Penguins, and by the beginning of the second period, they were down 4-0. However, a few lucky strokes, and before we knew it…
They were tied!
After a short overtime period, the score remained the same – so under new NHL rules, the game went into a "sudden death" shoot out.
The PENGUINS won!
Celebrating after the win – the players crowded around Marc-Andre Fleury (the goalie with the big yellow blocker pads) to congratulate him. The player right in front of Fleury – #71 - is Evgeni Malkin, who scored the game-winning goal, and a shoo-in for the Rookie of the Year. It was so exciting to see them play!
Great night for hockey (and socks!)