I grew up in a house where we always watched basketball and baseball. At one point in time I could name all of the coaches of the NCAA Big 10 teams and the centers on each team. I was at Riverfront Stadium the last time that Pete Rose took the field to play with the Cincinnati Reds. So being interested in football is something that is new to me in the last several years. There is a lot of talk about the Indianapolis Colts on the radio and TV here, and you see a lot of blue Colts jerseys on people all over town on blue Fridays (the city designates the Friday before a home game as blue Friday to wear Colts gear around in support of the team).
Indianapolis has won a bid to host the Superbowl in 2012. I'm not sure how this all got started, but someone here in town decided that it would be a neat idea if those of us here in town that knit would make a blue and white knit scarf for each of the volunteers that will be helping out with the event. I seem to remember the number being 1,100 volunteers.
Of course I signed on to be a part of the project. Mass Ave Knit Shop downtown held a free session to give us this football pattern and teach us how to do intarsia knitting. The pattern is designed to use up all of the blue and the white yarns so the opposite end of the scarf will be the inverse of what you see in the photo. After I'm finished knitting, there are cross stitches that I'll put on top so it looks more like a real football. This is my progress so far.
On the reverse side she designed a Colts Horseshoe, but the NFL didn't want anything on the scarves to be team specific since we have no way of knowing who will be in the Superbowl in 2012. But, she gave us the horseshoe pattern for our own personal use.
My daughter shrunk the design down and knit this little tiny ornament sized stocking for our tree.
The Colts playoff game against the NY Jets is tonight at 8, so we will call the pizza man and have him deliver some pizza and breadsticks, and we'll be watching the game. I always "watch" TV with some sort of sewing, knitting, or crochet in my hands because I always like to be doing something.
I hope you are finding some time to stitch or do something crafty today.