Indianapolis—Tennessee may be known as the “volunteer state,” but don’t tell that to the good folks in Indiana where Super Bowl XLVI will be held on February 5, 2012.
With less than 500 days till football’s biggest game, the Indianapolis Host Committee is urging Hosiers—and other pro-football fans–to take up knitting and make some 8,000 knit scarves that will be worn by 8,000 volunteers who assist on game day. And they’ll likely need them since the average temperature is about 29 degrees in February.
As of mid-September, the Host Committee reports receiving 1,000 “Super Scarves” from crafters in 13 states from Maine to California. Bev Meska of Michigan City, Indiana, already knitted 65 scarves and plans to make 100 total. “Making scarves is my way of being part of the Super Bowl coming to Indianapolis,” Meska said.
But just any cold weather knits aren’t what the Super Bowl Hosts are looking for.
There are specific color requirements: they can be knitted or crocheted but must be in blue or white yarns without any team-specific design. That’s because the Host Team plans for inmates from Indiana Women’s Prison to sew on the Super Bowl 2012 patch before all 8,000 scarves are given to the volunteers. “Team neutral” designs such as footballs and other related symbols may be included in the scarf designs—just as long as they created in blue and white yarns (team colors of the Indianapolis Cols who play in the Lucas Oil Stadium where the Super Bowl will take place).
Blue and White Yarns Only–Please!
The Host Committee estimates that the cost to make the scarf may range from $8 to $12, comprised of two total skeins of yarn to complete a scarf (approximately 400 yards of worsted weight yarn at 5 stitches per/inch and knit on US 8). Specific instructions about size and where to send the scarves can be found at www.our2012sb.com along with a list of participating yarn and knitting stores.
For those who don’t know a knitting needle from a football goal, four Indianapolis public libraries are offering knitting classes as part of the Super Scarves initiative.
“The scarves are a fitting and appropriate way to show the warmth we feel for our volunteers, made with admiration from individuals who have devoted their time and resources to this great program,” said Tony Mason, senior vice president of the Host Committee.