My other hobby seems to offend the US Olympics Committee.


Besides cooking my other passion is knitting and spinning.
Many years ago I joined a small website still in Beta mode called Ravelry.
Ravelry.com is a 2 million member website of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners.
This description doesn’t even cover how awesome I think they are,if you are a knitter and not aware of them..JOIN!

For the last 2 Olympics they’ve held what was called the Ravelympics, a way to follow the Olympics and craft along side.
Goals are set for projects,many people set aside a special project *just* for the Ravelympics.
There’s teams organized by skills, countries, interests.
Last Olympics I cast on for a shawl at the opening ceremonies but failed to finish it by the closing ceremony.
It’s all in good fun, not a cent goes to Ravelry.

However the US Olympic Committee decided to send a Cease and Desist letter to the owner of Ravelry telling them to take down the challenges and even patterns.

“…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.”

I call BS, my knitting does not down play an athletes performance at all.
It has taken me 40 years to hone my knitting skills, I’ve walked/ran 4 half Marathons, I have respect for athletes.
Also the Ravelry event made me watch the Olympics more because of the challenges involved.
The last Ravelympics was the first time I participated and I am looking forward to this years.
So are a lot of people on Ravelry, you can sense the excitement on the message boards.

If you want to read more:

http://gawker.com/5920036/us-olympics-committee-is-mad-at-knitting-olympics-for-denigrating-real-athletes

http://themagpieknitter.com/?p=715

Shame on you USOC!
You have lost a lot of dedicated viewers.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Danni
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 09:24:54

    The Ravelympics are not on Olympic Event, but a support of the Olympic games. It’s not about showing who’s the fastest, most precise, or most creative. It’s about supporting the Olympics and challenging our selves in something we enjoy doing. Just like the “Golden Olympics” was about challenging the nursing home residents where my mother worked to do the best they could. Maybe someone should tell that to the USOC.

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