US Olympic Committee Infuriates Knitters, Boycott and Sock Knitting For Stephen Colbert Ensue

The big deal these days is that the US Olympic Committee has asked Ravelry to stop using the term "Ravelympics" as it infringes on their copyright. Fine, but then they went along and said knitting along with the Olympics "denigrates" the efforts of Olympians. Knitters are a passionate bunch, you kinda have to be when you pursue a hobby that is equal parts frustration and satisfaction and it didn't take long for them to take action.





How knitters are responding to the USOC objection to the Ravelympics:

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.

Yesterday, Casey one of the owners of Ravelry posted a letter from the USOC requesting that Ravelry halt the use of the word ravelympics and remove any pattern using the trademarked USOC symbols.

Knitters took to their blogs, twitter accounts and Ravelry to decry the rudeness of the USOC. #ravelympics trended on twitter.


USOC responds to knitter anger with ridiculous suggestion that we knit them handknits to make up for it.

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.

Are you mad about the USOC's treatment of knitters? Tell us about it in the comments.


0 #1 Gillian 2012-06-21 20:04
I was not aware that I was capable of being this angry and insulted. I'm not even sure I can watch the Olympics this year.
0 #2 DeeDee 2012-06-21 20:45
Well said!! We aren't upset that they want us to change the name. I get that. But insulting us in a "form" letter and then asking us to knit for the athletes? That's not cool. The worst thing about it? The athletes who have trained hard for this are the ones who will be affected.
0 #3 Sparkle and CO 2012-06-24 21:31
they overreacting for nothing! They was afraid to lose money...

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