Posted by sarah on October 10, 2012 / 4 Comments
Mmm, fall. My favorite time of year. For many reasons, notably that it cements my love for knitting and increases my desire to work on projects, considerably. But there’s another annual activity going on each fall that also keeps my endorphin levels at an all-time high…college football!
Now, many of my co-workers don’t see eye to eye with my football craze, and I know there aren’t a ton of football fans in the knitting world, but I’m starting to think the sport and the craft were made for each other.
Lemme explain: first, I happened to grow up in a state where this sport was just about the ONLY thing we had going for us, and the only major entertainment we could count on. When I was a kid, the Nebraska Cornhuskers produced one of the greatest football squads college sports has ever seen, and that’s not just my opinion – even ESPN agrees with me!
Watching the games every weekend became routine for me, and this continued throughout my days of study at the University of Nebraska, and all the way up until now, even though I moved to Oregon. No disrespect for the Ducks, I just can’t help that I bleed Husker red!
This year I was ecstatic to learn I could combine my newfound love for knitting with one of my favorite activities, and I’ve spent countless games so far working on various projects. Watching football while knitting has felt like the perfect equation…it’s helped occupy time during commercial breaks and dull moments in the games, and it’s also helped comfort my sadness/frustration whenever the team isn’t playing up to par.
I already have a number of football-related knit projects in mind for family Christmas presents, and it’s great knowing I could choose from this selection of Jill Draper Catskill in Bing Cherry, O-Wool Classic Worsted in Sumac or Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky in Scarlet to match my school’s colors. It’s also promising to know I could knit up something warm for any of the games I’d like to attend, once the weather gets chilly. Already all this has got me wondering why I didn’t combine football and knitting together, years ago!
So there you have it. Maybe football and knitting secretly go hand in hand?! Maybe not, but I’m curious – do you like knitting while watching games? And is there a better sport than football to mix with the craft? I wanna know what you think!