Monday, April 5, 2010

Pucks and Purls

On the eve of the playoffs, as the Canadiens struggle to stay in, I bring you... a hockey player who knits:

Jacques Plante, the first goalie to wear a face mask. According to, he "always knitted his own underwear and stocking caps, saying that knitting was the only thing that truly soothed him. 'Someday,' he said wistfully, 'I’m going to learn to knit with my feet.'" Wikipedia adds "His mother taught him how to knit his own tuques to protect him from the cold. Plante continued knitting and embroidering throughout his life and wore his hand-knitted tuques while playing and practicing until entering the National Hockey League." There's even a play based on his knitting!

Meanwhile, if you'd like to knit a hockey player, here's one! With a Canadiens jersey not an Edmonton one, of course...

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