Hot Child in the City

Whew it was a hot one this weekend. I am not sure that California got the memo that it is October and temperatures are suppose to be heading down not up. Nevertheless, we managed to enjoy the sunshine without sweating to death.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival took place in Golden Gate Park this weekend. I love this festival as it is free and the music is pretty good. Don’t let the festival name deceive you, it isn’t all banjo music. The stage we were at had more funk/alternative music.  We saw Deltron 3030 (of the Gorillaz fame), Built to Spill, and Social Distortion.

On Sunday, we headed down to Santa Clara, CA for the San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game. It was expected to be an exciting game as our former quarterback (Alex Smith) now plays for the Chiefs. Our morning started with a tailgating party and some serious people watching. The excitement of the other fans was electrifying. There were grills cooking, music pumping, and footballs flying.   This was our first time going to see the 49ers in their new stadium, so we were even more excited.

Well Levi’s Stadium did not disappoint.  There were so many levels and observation decks, one could really get lost just trying to get to the bathroom. The actual game was a nail biter as the score stayed pretty close in the first half. However, the Niners pulled ahead in the last quarters and we won the game. Way to go Niners!

Now it is Monday and it is time to get back into the groove of things. I am feeling a little slow going so hopefully I perk up soon. Happy Monday.

Knitted Football Coasters

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Finally, football season is coming to an end. No more Sundays dictated by when the game is on. Since I will be heading to a friend’s house, I thought I would whip up a cute little hostess gift. Here is the general outline for my stash busting football coasters.

Football Coasters:

Materials: US size 6 needles,  ~30-40 g of worsted weight brown acrylic yarn, ~1 yd of worsted weight white acrylic yarn, tapestry needle (The yarn requirements are dependent on how many coasters you are making.)

Gauge:  5 sts and 8 rows= 1″

Abbreviations:

k=knit

p=purl

kfb= knit into the front and back of stitch

k2tog= knit two sts together

inc1= increase one stitch

Cast on 3 sts.

Row 1: knit all sts

Row 2: k1, inc1, knit to last st, kfb (5 sts)

Repeat Rows 1-2 three more times. Repeat row 1 once more. (11 sts)

Row 10: k1,inc1, knit across to last st, kfb (13 sts)

Row 11:  purl across all sts.

Continue Rows 10 and 11 until there is a total of 19sts.

Row 17-23: Work in stockinette stitch (p odd rows, k even rows).

Row 24: k1, slip 1, knit 1, psso, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (17sts)

Row 25: Purl across all sts.

Repeat rows 24 and 25 until there are 11 sts left.

Row 32: k1, slip1, knit 1, psso, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (9 sts)

Row 33: Knit across all sts

Continue Rows 32 and 33 until there are 3 sts left.

Bind off the last 3 sts.

Finishing: With white yarn stitch one long vertical line (~3″)  and 4 short horizontal lines (~1″)to create the laces of the football.

If you would like a thicker coaster make two, place them on top of each other, and sew the edges together.

Hope you enjoy your Superbowl weekend!

-Whit- 

*This pattern was last revised August 2019. If you find a point of confusion please email me at knitbywhit@gmail.com and I am more than happy to help.