Special Olympics Scarf Project 2013 Update

It’s been slow so far, and as is usually the case, there’ll probably be an avalanche of scarves sent in towards the last week before the deadlines.  The holiday season has caught up with us, and there’s other priorities and projects going on.  There’s actually been a day or two that I haven’t picked up yarn to work on projects!  Imagine that!  A day without playing with yarn!  That’s awful, isn’t it?

Scarves for SO New Jersey

Scarves for SO New Jersey

Here’s the latest numbers for the scarf project, with the December 2012 and January 2013 deadline dates:

* 15 December – Tennessee – 56 of 200 received
* 23 December – Iowa – 259 of 800 received
* 30 December – Oklahoma – 14 of 1,812 received

* 1 January – Alaska – needs 750 scarves; no numbers reported yet
* 4 January – Indiana – 168 of 800 received
* 4 January – New Jersey – 63 of 1,000 received
* 13 January – Maryland – 35 of 400 received
* 14 January – Delaware – 25 of 120 received
* 16 January – Kentucky – 160 of 500 received
* 18 January – Arkansas – 6 of 535 received
* 18 January – Kansas – 21 of 125 received
* 30 Texas – 60 of 3,000 received

* 1 February – Ohio – 4 of 350 received
* 1 February – Washington – needs 1,000 scarves; no numbers reported yet;
* 8 February – South Dakota – 80 of 800 received
* 14 February – Colorado – 29 of 800 received
* 15 February – Vermont – needs 300 scarves; no numbers reported yet

* 1 March – Utah – 10-15 of 300 received (an estimate; they haven’t opened the package yet).

There’s still time to join in on the fun and make a scarf or two.  Complete information is found on the Facebook page Knit and Crochet for a Cause, and on the Ravelry group State Special Olympics Scarves 

And for inspiration, here’s some photos of completed scarves, submitted by talented crafters.

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Ravelry vs the US Olympic Committee

Oh dearie, dearie … there’s another uproar going on in the knitting and crocheting community about the US Olympic Committee’s cease-and-desist letter to Ravelry and their proposed event, the Ravelympics. Have you heard about it?

Here’s the latest:

JUN 21, 2012, 12:07 PM ET

Statement Update:

“As a follow-up to our previous statement on this subject, we would again like to apologize to the members of the Ravelry community. While we stand by our obligation to protect the marks and terms associated with the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States, we sincerely regret the use of insensitive terms in relation to the actions of a group that was clearly not intending to denigrate or disrespect the Olympic Movement. We hope you’ll accept this apology and continue to support the Olympic Games.”

Click on the link for the full text of the ‘apology’.

http://www.teamusa.org/News/2012/June/21/statement-from-usoc-spokesperson-patrick-sandusky.aspx

What started it all off is a letter from the USOC to the Ravelry founder, Casey Forbes. The text of the C&d letter can be read in the following link:

http://gawker.com/5920036/us-olympics-committee-is-mad-at-knitting-olympics-for-denigrating-real-athletes

And this is the Yarn Harlot’s post on this: http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/

*sigh* We’re all supposed to be relaxed while we’re crocheting or knitting! I didn’t even know about the Ravelympics (I try not to sign on to Ravelry – otherwise I’d be spending too much time on there!), so I wasn’t planning on anything. I crochet and knit in front of the tv anyway, so the games would have been just another show to pass the time. My first reaction when I found out was just to laugh out loud. Really? The USOC was going after Ravelry about using the word ‘Ravelympics’ because it is disrespectful to the athletes?

I understand the knitters’ and crocheters’ indignation that their Ravelympics (working on a project from start to finish while watching the games) is seen as denigrating to athletes. It wasn’t about trademarks and logos. I think we’re all smart enough to know that. But at the end of it all, if the use of the word ‘Olympic’ is the main issue, then why isn’t the International Olympic Committee sending out cease and desist letters to any and all who use the word or hold events similar to the Olympics? Oh, I think I read somewhere that there is something about the Mount Olympic in Washington, and the use of the word in a town with the same name that the USOC is also trying to stop. Really??

Much ado about nothing? What do you think?