Okay, in January I managed to combine football and yarn so I’m rather excited this month to combine hockey and yarn! How many other blogs out there can say that???
Last year for work I made two trips down to Delray Beach, Florida and I’m back this year for the same reason except the location moved a bit further south to Boca Raton. I flew in the day before and find that, even with a non-stop flight, flying, renting a car and finding your hotel always takes longer than you might hope. I was starving and my hotel is on the grounds of an outdoor shopping area so I found a taco joint. Unfortunately, there was not quite enough time to hit the beach so I did the next best thing – I found a yarn store and a hockey game!
A quick check of Ravelry led me to the Raging Wool shop in Pembroke Pines, FL. I have to say when the banner on your website says “Planning a Trip to South? Put Raging Wool on your to-do list” I”m sold! Also, it has a picture of a bunny wearing a knit hat talking about the cold. I’m from the north where a bunny might actually need a hat so this made me laugh. I found the shopping plaza but had to call the store – turns out they just moved to this location last week so there was no sign out front yet. But the store was wonderfully organized and I would have never guessed it was their first week in a new location. The woman working was very friendly and the store had some fun decor!
They had yarn displayed in a giant wine glass! And the huge alpaca statute wearing a brightly colored crochet blanket was super fun! There was a group of ladies knitting at one of the tables. I found this fun yarn and was drawn by both the colorway and the packaging. The yarn is from Done Roving and I did some research after I got home to find they are a family operation out of Maine. They try to source as much of their materials as they can here in the US which is really cool! All the colorways were beautiful and I would say I hard time deciding but I knew which one I was going to bring home. I bought the Gradient DK Weight in Pot ‘O Gold. Confession – I’m totally addicted to rainbow yarns and will continue to buy them anytime I see them. I have a small section in my stash of just rainbow yarn so you’ll see why I could not pass this up!
And, to show how knitters are – the phone rang and when the lady working hung up she explained it was a knitter from Louisiana who was coming on Saturday with five of her friends and they had a few hours between when their plane landed and when they had to be on their cruise ship so they wanted to know if they could come by the store and whether there was anywhere to eat nearby. They were going to get a taxi to do some yarn shopping pre-cruise. We’re a dedicated bunch!
I had to leave and head up the road to take in Florida Panthers/Detroit Red Wings game. I love hockey and love to catch an NHL game whenever I get a chance. The fact that the home team was playing one of the teams I like the least made it easy to cheer on the home team. Hockey in Florida is a funny thing. In the parking lot, there were people tailgating and getting out of their cars and putting on winter gear. The plaza outside of the arena was full of activities and palm trees. It was quite beautiful!
Once inside, it was sparsely attended – I’ve seen more people at minor league games in Cleveland.
I would guess more than half of the fans there were actually Red Wings fans (which was completely annoying). The people two rows in front of me had winter hats on and were sitting under a blanket. I would say it was normal ice rink temperature and I was a little chilly with my t-shirt and hockey jersey on but found the blanket and fur hat to be a bit excessive. The arena was really nice but no one that worked there really knew what was going on. I received a number of bad directions. Also, Dan Gilbert has spoiled us all in Cleveland – how was I supposed to see that tiny jumbotron??? There were a number of patios (smoking areas?) I’m not sure but everyone runs outside in between periods to defrost. I found the whole thing quite amusing! Overall, it was fun – got to see a lot of great players and the home team won! But, it was a very boring game and I thought the whole game experience really was lacking. Hats off to all at the Cavs organization that make the Monsters game so much fun!
I did have quite a long work day the next day but we finally wrapped up in the early evening. It was unusually warm and it was still 85 degrees at 6:00 so I headed for the beach. I ended up at Deerfield Beach where there were plenty of dining options on the beach and a fishing pier that for $1 you could walk out on and get a great view of the ocean and the city.
There’s nothing like some ocean air and a beautiful sunset to wipe away all the stress of a long day at work. So, it was a quick two days but as I always say, if I have to travel for work I’m going to take full advantage of that opportunity!