After yesterday’s post and all the heated discussion regarding the USOC, I am in awe that our tight-knit community made such an impact and that we banded together as one to make our voices heard. We were heard and we were noticed, not only by the USOC, but by many news organizations and newspapers. I believe deep down we all understand the need to protect trademarks, I just feel that the USOC could have been a bit more tactful and a bit more sensitive. We were hurt, we were offended but we were HEARD. I think that Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, a.k.a. the Yarn Harlot was very eloquent in her point of view on the whole situation. For those of you who do not follow Stephanie, take a peak at what she had to say.
So I have calmed down a bit, but I am still a little miffed over the whole issue of not being able to incorporate the word “Ravelympics” into our competition, as the word itself in my humble opinion has nothing to do with the US Olympic trademark and though Ravelry is based here in the US, this social network encompasses an international community of fiber artists, not just a community of US fiber artists. I hope that they will keep that in mind and understand that their comments, letters and apologies have affected millions of people all over the world. With that being said, I think it’s time to move on and see what we as a community can do to pull together during this time for a healthy bit of competition during the Olympics, with or without the group name of “Ravelympics”.
Now, let’s talk about fiber!
I was so thrilled to purchase my first hand-dyed BFL (Blue Face Leicester) fiber from Miss Babs! I’ve never bought her fiber before but I to say after receiving my package today, she will be on my list of fiber artists to purchase from in the future. I bought two braids of BFL Top, a total of 8 oz, in the colorway Timberline. This fiber is so soft and the colors are muted tones of lavender, purple and gold. It’s quite yummy and I can’t wait to spin it up!
I also purchased a lovely braid of Three Waters Farm BFL Top from a fellow Ravelry member in the colorway Timberline, which is almost has the sames colors of the Miss Babs I bought. This fiber is super soft and will be perfect to spin up for a scarf.
Just a quick note too, I’ve made progress on my handspun Shizuku scarf and even though this pattern is a bit “funky”, it’s super fast and easy to memorize. I can’t wait to get this finished so I can wear it – well, wear it this fall/winter anyway!
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!