Tube Talk: Do some knitting during the Super Bowl

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Not knowing what teams are playing in major sporting events has always been a point of pride with me. But it’s getting kind of hard to live around here and not know the Bears made it to the Super Bowl. So much for my near-perfect record of blissful ignorance when it comes to the Super Bowl.

OK, I admit to being in the living room for most of the Bears’ last Super Bowl appearance, but my dad and sister were watching the game, not I. I sat in the farthest chair from the TV trying to knit my first sweater. For some reason, I can’t recall where my brother was, but wherever he was, I’m sure he didn’t miss the game.

I understand the fans’ excitement, and I really do hope the Bears win, but that doesn’t mean I want to sit through an entire football game. Not even the halftime show or the splashy new commercials—which a lot of people seem to enjoy—can get me to watch. Super Bowl parties are fine, but only if the food’s good and everyone isn’t forced to watch the game (or be ridiculed for accidentally cheering for the wrong team or not knowing who’s ahead).

Not watching the Super Bowl and all the commercials means I won’t have a clue what everyone else is talking about the next day, but I don’t really care. The difference between this year and any other is I’ll actually want to know who won this game.

For the miniscule minority like me, who’d rather knit than watch the Super Bowl, the DIY Network is airing the Super Sunday Knit In from 4 to 10 p.m. It’s actually a showcase of some of the most popular episodes of Vickie Howell’s Knitty Gritty. Yes, six hours is a lot of knitting, but you don’t have to watch the entire time. The cool part is that DIY and Howell have partnered with a charitable organization called Warm Up America! to help provide handmade blankets, clothing and accessories to people in need.

Even knitters (or crocheters) who are planning to watch the Super Bowl can still help Warm Up America! by knitting while the game is on—like I did all those years ago. Just go to and download the instructions and pattern to knit or crochet a square. Once you make it, send it to the address provided with the pattern, and your square—or squares—will be made into blankets for women’s shelters, nursing homes and daycare centers. It’s an innovative way to put old yarn scraps to good use. If you want to show off your team spirit, use blue and orange yarn!

This is a year-long initiative, so if you don’t know how to knit or crochet, but have always wanted to learn, it’s a good time to get started.

Happy knitting, and go Bears! (Hey, I can still cheer them on without watching!)

Paula Hendrickson is a regular contributor to Emmy magazine, Rockford Life and Variety, and has been published in numerous national publications, including American Bungalow, SatelliteORBIT and TVGuide.

From the Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2007, issue

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