Last week’s 40 degree temperatures had me curling up on the couch each evening under a blanket. This is the time of year when I typically dig out my knitting needles after a summer hiatus and get started on a new project. If you’re a knitter, or if you’ve always wanted to learn, now is a great time to take part in a special program in conjunction with Super Bowl 2012 in Indianapolis.
As one of several creative Host Committee projects, Super Scarves is an initiative that will ensure every volunteer and front line staff have a warm scarf to wrap around their necks during all the Super Bowl festivities, both as a way to thank them for their service and to indicate to visitors who they are. You’ll also see public art installations at the Indianapolis Artsgarden devoted to the project, and the giant dinosaur at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will don a 16-foot scarf during the week’s festivities.
Anyone can submit a scarf, and knitters from all over the country already have. In fact, the program has already surpassed its original goal of collecting 8,000 scarves! The deadline to send in a hand-knit scarf is November 30. If you’ve never knit before and would like to learn, a class will be conducted on November 3 at the Southport Public Library in Indianapolis. You can also attend a monthly Sip-n-Knit event at downtown Indy’s Creation Cafe.
What I love about this project, in addition to its personalized focus on the city’s famous hospitality, is the chance to support some local, independent knit shops. Shops all over the state are partnering with the Super Bowl host committee and assisting knitters in their efforts to create Super Scarves. A list of shops participating is available here. I love spending a chilly Saturday afternoon in a knit shop… you’ll be dazzled by the variety, vivid colors and textures of the yarn available. And most shops offer classes or space to relax and work on a scarf.
Happy Knitting! And be sure to admire all the beautiful scarves you’ll see around Indianapolis during Super Bowl week!
Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.