This morning’s outrage lighting up my Twitter feed: US Olympics Committee sends Cease-and-Desist letter to Ravelry over use of the term “Ravelympics”. The Ravelympics – like the “Tour de Fleece” – is a fun community (non-profit) event where thousands of knitters around the world challenge themselves to finish an item in a set timeframe. Whatever, I get that they have to protect their trademark. But I find it really insulting that the letter says that knitters are somehow denigrating the achievements of the athletes by using the word. Bullshit. No one is actually comparing themselves to an Olympic athlete. This is all about corporate control. I had been considering taking part and watching a lot of the Games, but screw that. I’m on board with the boycott.

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