6:18 PM EST, December 26, 2011
A Michigan City woman has become one of the XLVI Faces of the Indianapolis Super Bowl after creating hundreds of Super Scarves.
Bev Meska and her crochet basket are nearly inseparable. After 66 years of practicing, the 82-year-old is known for crocheting just about anywhere she goes, and now that passion is making her famous.
For the past year, Meska has focused her talents on the Indianapolis Super Bowl Committee's 'Super Scarves' campaign. She is now responsible for 250 of the blue and white scarves that Super Bowl volunteers will soon be wearing.
In recognition of her work, The Indianapolis Super Bowl Committee made Bev Meska one of their XLVI Faces. Meska now has her own video and billboard that share her story while promoting Super Bowl XLVI.
Despite all the attention, Meska isn't taking all the credit.
"Let me introduce you to Ben. My favorite person," Meska said, pointing to her 12-year-old great grandson.
"He started me with sports, and sports led to the Super Bowl."
When she first heard about the Super Scarves campaign, Meska said she started with a small goal.
"When I got to 10 I thought that was something," she said. "The next thing I knew I was at 100."
Meska kept on crocheting every place she went. One of her favorite places to work was on the beach of Lake Michigan. Soon she raised her goal to 200.
"And when I got to 200 there was still time left so I just thought, 'I'll just crochet every day and see where I get by the time the deadline is here'," Meska said. "Well the deadline isn't here but I reached 250."
Meska said each scarf takes between three and three and a half hours, meaning she put in a minimum of 750 hours before deciding to stop.
"I was kind of wondering what I was going to do to fill my time," Meska said with a laugh.
It turns out Meska isn't the only one who has exceeded expectations. The Super Bowl Committee started out with a goal of 8,000 scarves. They collected more than 11,200 before Thanksgiving.
"I would have never dreamed they'd get that," Meska said. "When I was working on maybe 100, I was thinking maybe they would never get to 8,000."
Now that both she and the Super Bowl Committee have surpassed their goals, Meska said she's just happy to play a part.
"I never expected anything like this to come out of this," she said. "It just about brings tears because I'm happy to be a part of it. All through this little hook and a bit of yarn."