Give Me a Weagle, or the Bear Gets It

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!

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6 thoughts on “Give Me a Weagle, or the Bear Gets It

  1. Shannon December 31, 2010 / 11:42 am

    Quite possibly the funniest post of the year. The post name alone is classic.

    However, the snuff picture of the teddy bear is a tad disturbing.

    (Cute hat!)

  2. Mom December 31, 2010 / 8:39 pm

    Cute hat it is!!! Sarah’s uncle even donned it for the family photo to be “Caps attired” !! LETS GO CAPS!! A victory in The Winter Classic for Loon & Sarah would be *greatly* appreciated!! HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. Mom

  3. Common Loon January 3, 2011 / 11:58 am

    Love the hat!!! You could go into business.

    I think most NHL team designs are trying to go the with the logo-graphic-design-of-double-significance-thing, though (look at MN’s design…10,000 lakes, bear, north star, woods all-in-one). Thanks for an awesome weekend!!! Hope you have fully recouperated at this point.

  4. Hillary January 3, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    The hat is excellent and so was the game. We watched with a friend whose family was at the game. The only regret is that Crybaby Sid didn’t get hit.

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