I first started to knit about eight years ago. I taught myself from a few books and videos from the library. What made me decide, at the age of twenty-one to take up such a hobby? Well, other than it being the perfect hobby for the Youngest Senior. At the time I was dating a guy who was a huge hockey fan. Everything revolved around the Vancouver Canucks. If I wanted to spend time with him on an evening that they played, we would have to watch the game.
I can’t sit still for long periods of time. I refuse to watch any movie that is longer than two hours. The thought of watching a hockey game for THREE hours practically gave me hives!
So I took up knitting. There were many misshapen dish clothes and scarves created that winter.
Now here I am, eight years later, still knitting, still not being able to sit still for long and dating yet another hockey fan. A few things have changed though. I can now knit things that aren’t in a square pattern. And maybe I’m a little less square too. I’ve opened up to the idea that sports aren’t boring and that beer is pretty tasty. Oddly enough, they make a pretty good pair.
After watching the Canada-US men’s gold medal game during the 2010 Olympics I was convinced I must get into watching hockey. I watched a few games during the playoffs this year, but I never really got into it. For one, I don’t really understand the rules. I mean, I get the general idea of hockey, but beyond getting the puck into the net I’m kind of lost.
So this past Tuesday was Hockey 101 for me. I was taken to my first Canucks game. I’m not sure whether it was being there in person, being surrounded by so many fans, or being there with someone who was actually excited to explain the game and what was going on, but I had a lot of fun. I now have a pretty good handle on what offside means. I’m still working on my understanding of icing, but we’ll get there eventually.
I’ve found myself reading little bits about hockey that come up on Twitter, entering contests for hockey tickets and wondering when the next game is. I can definitely see myself becoming a fan.
Now the question is, will I still be able to knit and watch hockey? Is a fan allowed to do that? Will I only be able to knit hockey related items while watching? Thoughts, ideas? How does this work people?!