Pardon me

I have been remiss in tending to this blog and was shocked to realize my last blog post happened in March. I had hoped my vow to blog regularly would be stronger. Oh well, here’s to new beginnings.

But first, a soapbox. It appears that the members of the U.S. Olympics Committee think knitters are, in the words of Kay Gardiner on her Mason-Dixon Knitting blog, “ruining the Olympics.” Here’s a snippet from a letter they wrote to Ravelry.com, which hosts its own Ravelympics during each installment of the Olympic games. Knitters pick a project and try to complete it during the course of the games. Here’s an excerpt from the letter Ravelry received from the Olympics claiming copyright infringement:

We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.

Keep in mind that the afghan marathons and scarf hockey occurs while paying consumers watch the games and their accompanying advertisements. And keep in mind that the person writing this letter is probably not a knitter so he or she doesn’t know how awesome or life-changing it is. They are probably just boobs.

In response, the knitters are making Stephen Colbert a lifetime supply of socks if he does a People Who Are Destroying America segment about this. His twitter handle is @StephenAtHome. If you feel strongly about this subject please tweet and ask him to support the knitters. Or make him a pair of socks. He wears a size 11.

Will this case of rampant boobery by the Olympics make me not watch? No. I will giggle uncontrollably when I hear reports of the truckload of socks arriving at Stephen Colbert’s door. And I will relish the upcoming apology from the Olympic Committee to knitters everywhere following the storm of bad publicity that’s already been unleashed.

The lesson here? Mess with the knitting and it will mess with you.

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