Sad and Disappointed with the USOC

Crap, I typed the work Olympic.  I guess my Cease and Desist letter must be on the way because I didn’t spend millions of dollars to use the word Olympics, or parts of the word, in my blog post. Olympic… Olympic… Olympic… there are another three letters.

I guess the US Olympic team must seriously be underfunded for the USOC to come after a bunch of fiber artists like this.  We were just trying to have a little fun and feel like we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves. I completely agree with one “Outraged Knitter”:

Dear US Olympics Committee:

While I understand that Ravelry should respect trademark and change the name of the Ravelympics to something else, I do not like the assertion that knitters coming together from all over the world to participate in friendly competition, while promoting the Olympics is somehow disrespectful to athletes. And the notion that knitters from all over the world, coming together for events could not possibly promote education, culture, respect, world peace, and harmony as the Olympics do is just absurd. Wherever global tragedy strikes, knitters are lending a helping hand with hand knit toys, blankets, hats, mittens, scarves, prayer shawls, and the like. They sell patterns on Ravelry to benefit victims of global atrocities and natural disasters or to bring light to illnesses. They come from such varied backgrounds on Ravelry and use knitting as a way of connecting our cultures. Shame on you, US Olympics Committee, for writing a letter that could’ve merely stuck to the trademark infringement issue, but chose to insult millions of men and women for whom knitting is not a frivolous distraction, but a way to create, connect with others, and give back.



An Open Letter To The US Olympics Committee

I guess I’m not really outraged as much as I’m saddened and really disappointed.  I guess no “Sports Games During the Summer Time in a European Location that Brings Athletes Together from around the World” for me. (I wanted to change the name before I got a fourth letter.)

Want to read more or see real time reactions from fiber artists check out the hash tag on Twitter or check out the article from Knitters Outraged After U.S. Olympic Committee Squashes Knitting Olympics—and Disses Knitters.

Shower Thoughts #99: Not so much

Since it’s a lazy Sunday, I’m not actually going to take a shower until tonight before bed.  So, this is what I think I would have thought about had I taken a shower this morning:

1. The kids need to clean the window

2. I’m annoyed with Hobby Lobby

3. I need to spin, knit, spin and knit some more

4. I want to make those knitting project bags.

Shower Thoughts #98: My Favorite Things…

1. Grilled BBQ Chicken

2. Pasta Salad

3. Deviled Eggs

4. Brownies

5. Libraries

6. Yarn


lol…. so I was thinking of dinner tonight and what I was going to do today.  First, I’m going to have some coffee, then I’m going to head over to the library.  I have a copy of The Spinner’s Encyclopedia by Enid Anderson on hold that I can pick up.  Next, I’m going to go over to the Old Town Yarnery.  Seriously, I think every town should have a Yarnery, don’t you?  Probably not, but for a knitter/spinner I love going into LYS to see what’s around, dream, and think about creating. Next I’m going to head to the store.  I’m going to do grilled BBQ chicken with pasta salad for dinner.  Jason is going to make deviled eggs, and I’m going to make brownies from scratch with a warm berry compote to go over a dollop of vanilla (or maybe chocolate) ice cream for dessert.  I also finished one of my convertible mittens last night, so I’m going to take some pictures and post them later. Instead of finishing the set, I decided to start the pair of mittens I owe my dad for Christmas.  I made scarves for my sister and step-mom, but really didn’t know what to make my dad, so I had him choose, so a pair of mittens it is!


Wow, a busy, but AWESOME, day ahead… Hope you enjoy yours!