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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