Ravelry vs Olympics = Socks for Colbert

Stephen Colbert with Fingerless Gloves, 2010


I know a bit about what goes on in the knitting community because of my friend, Diane.  She’s told me about how Ravelry groups will have marathons of knitting themes during the Olympics, knitting and competing in time with the Games.  Ravelry is a HUGE community.  Over 2 million members strong, knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers meet there for support, to show off their projects, to sell their patterns, and to have a great time.  It’s also a feisty group.  The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) had a spokesman do a no-no, bringing on the wrath of two million women with needles.  (I’m sure there are many men on Ravelry, too, and they also have needles!)

This guy felt that it was offensive and a copyright infringement for Ravelry to hold its “Ravelympics”.  Here’s what he said (USA Today):

“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.”

Ha!  You can imagine the fury that was unleashed……..  To make matters worse, the USOC then sent an apology and said that the knitters could show their support by sending the athletes socks and mittens and hats.  Basically, they still see knitting and crochet as a hobby made by unprofessional women with too much time on their hands.    Needles pointed, the knitters strike back: they want attention and they want it BAD!  Strategy?  Get Stephen Colbert of Colbert Nation to stand in their defense.   How to get his attention?  By knitting him a lifetime supply of socks, of course!  (Which he can then donate to soldiers overseas if he wants to…).

I happen to be a fan of Colbert’s and can’t wait to see what he will do with this!  A group formed on Ravelry, Socks for Stephen, dedicated to knit him the socks.  As of today, there are 524 members knitting away.  They should start arriving at his studio soon.  We will all be watching!

This is not the first time Stephen has stepped up to the plate in defense of our knitters and crocheters.  In 2008, the Colbert Report did a piece on Radical Knitting:


The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Nailed ‘Em – Radical Knitting
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive


Will he take up the thread and run with it?  Stay tuned………..  I’ll report if it happens!

How about you?  Are you knitting Stephen a pair of socks?  Any angles on this that you would like to share?  Speak your mind!

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