I made my own Washington Capitals hat for tomorrow’s Winter Classic hockey game. (When a knitter has tickets to an outdoor tilt, this is, essentially a foregone conclusion.)
I originally planned to make a super-warm, lined toque with ear flaps, but as my red yarn ran low as the weather forecast for Pittsburgh grew warmer, I switched gears a bit, making dangly pompoms instead. One thing I had wanted from the get-go and never wavered on, however, was having a weagle patch on the front. (The weagle is the Caps logo – an eagle shaped like a W, with the silhouette of the Capitol dome in the bottom. It’s a genius piece of graphic design.)
Much to my dismay, though, buying a weagle patch turned out to be pretty much impossible. I looked – several times – at the gift shop at Verizon Center, where the Caps play. I checked the team store at Kettler, the practice rink. I searched the NHL.com website. Nada. The weagle is not for sale.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and at Tuesday’s game I noticed that the little teddy bears for sale had perfectly-sized weagles on them. After asking the umpteenth sales person if I could buy just a logo anywhere (he said no), I bought the bear.
I’m not gonna lie, I did have some qualms about eviscerating a cute little toy, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
(As it turns out, the bear was stuffed not only with fluff, but also something that looked like plastic tapioca. Weird.)
When all is said and done, though, I think it worked perfectly and I am very happy with the finished product.
Let’s go Caps!