How knitters are responding to the USOC objection to the Ravelympics:
- Kay Gardiner of Mason Dixon Knitting has started a campaign for knitters to create a lifetime supply of handknitted socks for Stephen Colbert.
- An Olympics Boycott is already in the works.
- Hot Air has covered the insanity.
- The Crochet Liberation Front has something to say about it.
- Kusala Handknits writes a letter to George Lucas who seems to have a much better sense of humor in allowing knitters to knit Star Wars inspired pieces.
Knitters have been participating in the Knitting Olympics since they were started in 2004 by The Yarn Harlot. Each Olympic games, knitters from all over the world get together and choose to knit something that is challenging to them and finish it within the time frame of the Olympic Games.
We apologize for any insult and appreciate your support. We embrace hand-crafted American goods as we currently have the Annin Flagmakers of New Jersey stitching a custom-made American flag to accompany our team to the Olympic Games in London. To show our support of the Ravelry community, we would welcome any handmade items that you would like to create to travel with, and motivate, our team at the 2012 Games.”
Note to USOC: you don't ask people who just insulted for hand knits. Boy howdy. This just shows again how clueless the USOC about what it takes to create and complete a hand knit. Maybe they're too busy getting things machine knit.
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