I was so busy fussing and fuming over the ridiculously lavish spending of those non-profit organ transplanting nincompoops yesterday that I almost missed the biggest controversy to sweep the net in ages.
In case you are the last person on the planet not to know this, let me break the news: Ravelry was hit with a cease and desist from the US Olympic Committee for hosting the *Ravelympics! Seriously. I'm not kidding.
here. Like so many of us naive knitter folk, I thought that the Olympics belonged to the people of the world. I had no idea it was an issue of corporate ownership. It was like finding out Santa Claus is a CEO. What a bummer.
Facebook to try and calm things down but the fever was at such a high pitch, things only went from bad to worse. By afternoon, NPR jumped on the bandwagon and even theYarn Harlot's call for peace couldn't stop people from screaming at each other in all caps all over the web. Ouch. It got ugly. By late evening there were two distinct camps. Those who were still mad as hell and those who were mad as hell because other people were still mad as hell.
I just hope the Tour de France people were paying attention. The Tour de Fleece starts next week.
*For those who don't know what this is, and I'm talking to you Sandy, the Ravelympics is a knitting and crocheting competition that takes place during the time of the Olympics on Ravelry. You compete for medals in different categories like the mitten medley and the sock put. It's all fun and we have been doing it for years.