Super Bowl Scarves for Volunteers

I wish I had had heard of this sooner: for the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis, there was a Super Scarves program where knitters and crocheters made scarves for the volunteers and hospitality employees working at the big game. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it – it looks like it will be a cold night.  The current forecast for Super Bowl Sunday is expected to be in the 30’s. And although Lucas Oil Stadium is indoors, volunteers will likely welcome the wooly protection as they are going to and fro the facility. The scarves were due at the end of November, but crafters from all over the country (and the world!) donated scarves. Initially the program was looking for 8,000 scarves, but they received more than 13,000.

Grandmothers to Indianapolis prison inmates donated to the cause. One Michigan City, Indiana woman, Bev Meska (pictured), a great-grandmother, crocheted 250 blue-and-white scarves. She was proud and felt she had accomplished something after 10 scarves, but she kept going.  She’s a super fast crocheter too – it only takes her about 3.5 hours to make a scarf. Yeah, it takes me weeks to finish just one scarf! Granted, she spent about 750 hours (or just over a month) making scarves for the Super Bowl.

Next year, New Orleans is hosting the Super Bowl. But 2014? New York/New Jersey is hosting the big game, baby! So if you haven’t learned how to knit or crochet, buy some needles and get a friend to show you how or take a class.

Read the full story in the Washington Post here.

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