Now that the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl is behind us, I have one last Super Scarf to discuss – #46.
It went to NBC sportscaster, Bob Costas. I was asked if I could come up with an NBC-themed Super Scarf.
(Above photo was taken before the second blocking.)
I knit the scarf from corner to corner - increasing the row length until I achieved the scarf width I wanted. When I got to the right width, I knit italicized ‘NBC‘ monograms into the scarf over its length. There are five monograms on each side of the length and none around the back of the neck. I needed some transition space so I could reverse the knitting chart and have the ‘NBC’ turn our right-reading when worn about the neck.
Since I was allowed to use more than the official Super Scarf Project colors for this scarf, I knit the NBC logo, complete with the well-known peacock. To add a bit of whimsy, I knit a little Super Scarf for the peacock to wear. The peacock’s scarf has 46 stripes on it for Super Bowl XLVI (46).
In order to make the peacock’s scarf to the right proportion, I separated the plies in the blue and white wool I was already using in the larger scarf, used two plies instead of the original four, then went down to size #1(US) needles.
To balance out the NBC logo, I reserved space on the opposite end of the scarf for placement of the official Super Bowl XLVI patch . . . and some cute little footballs.
For the curious, I included a comment card with the scarf, explaining the design and including my email address, per the form. Mr. Costas arrived in Indianapolis well before the Super Bowl and his thank-you email to me arrived shortly after he was given the Super Scarf.
This scarf was fun to make. I liked the diagonal construction and the challenge I gave myself with the monograms. The peacock as you see it in the above photo was not how I originally wanted to make it. I know how to knit more feathery-looking feathers and I started with those. Though they were fun, they didn’t look dignified enough to go with the monogram, so I scratched them and began again. That’s just part of knitting. I love the work of it, the math of it, the trial and error, the quiet time. Something eventually works.