Join a Sip and Knit to Gear Up for Super Bowl 2012
January 01, 2011
Knit one, purl two, here's something for Mommy to do. While Junior wants you to watch the same DVD for the umpteenth time, you can cuddle up next to him and create something special. Or better yet, here's a hobby you can share with your kids that could also help them earn a badge for scouting. Creating a scarf is a great craft that can also keep them warm.
Hundreds of volunteers are knitting, crocheting or weaving blue and white scarves for the Super Bowl. Indianapolis is hosting the big game in 2012 and these scarves will become part of the volunteers' uniform. It's one way for you to wrap your arms around a fun project that will help keep the volunteers a little warmer in February 2012. And it's a great way to spend quality time learning a craft with your children. The goal is to knit 8,000 scarves for 8,000 volunteers. Those scarves will then be sent to the Women's Prison, where official Super Bowl patches will be sewn on them.
To make it even easier, several Indianapolis area libraries are hosting learn-to-knit clinics. And you can even join in the fun at one of the Local Sip & Knits like the one hosted at Creation Café. At one of these events I met people who had just returned from serving in the Peace Corps, a mother and daughter team, sisters, college friends and co-workers who were all looking to learn how to knit, get together for hot cocoa or wine, and meet some new friends. The only cost at these events is for the yarn and food or beverage. To check out the schedule and find out when one is scheduled near you, go to www.indianapolissuperbowl.com/super-scarves.
While all the scarves need to be in the designated blue and white colors, there is a lot of room for creativity. A Minnesota woman, known as Goodnight Gram, crafted one called "flag on the play" in which the scarf appears to be the long arm of a referee throwing a flag. Another one of her creations appeared to be a kickers' shoe as it is booting a football at the end of a scarf. Still others are variations of age old stitches and patterns that bring back memories of snowball fights and snowman making. There are knitters who are seven to 101 years old. While they come with all different skill levels, the goal is the same—each want to be a part of the biggest game this city will host and to be able to say they created part of the memories.