Thursday, June 21, 2012

Knitters and U.S.O.C. : My Two Cents

So, apparently the United States Olympic committee made a bunch of knitter angry. Because the U.S.O.C. was protecting themselves and their license for Olympic related items and events in the U.S. Just as any good business would do.

I'm just going to add my two cents here, What's the big deal? I get called really insulting things at times for what I do as a career, and now the collective community of knitters are freaking out, saying and doing less than lovely things, and, well, making us look kind of bad in my opinion.

I understand and am supportive of standing up for ourselves. But when you do you have to do it with kindness, not anger. There needs to be room for understanding and forgiveness. The U.S.O.C. is just doing their job here. And the people affiliated with the whole deal, Patrick Sandusky seems to be getting a lot of crap over the whole issue, they are doing their job. We all have jobs, and we all need to make a living. I think Mr. Sandusky did a great job cleaning up the mess, yet some people just won't leave the poor man alone. You can't keep at him because, let's be honest here. You've all screwed up.

If people kept bugging you about that time you told them that saving up money for a down payment on a house instead of renting was the stupidest idea you've ever heard, you wouldn't like them. And probably have a bad taste in your mouth, not so nice thoughts, whatever every time someone or something reminded you of the person.

I would not blame Mr. Sandusky, or the entire U.S.O.C. for not liking knitters for the rest of their lives. I thought we were bigger than this people.

There has been a movement to send hand knit socks to Stephen Colbert in the hopes he will support the cause of the knitter. Seriously. While I'm not against it, I think it would be a bit more appropriate to flood the offices of the U.S.O.C. with hand knit items. No hard feelings. I for one just might take a break from my sock knitting to make a nice hat for Mr. Sandusky. He's had a hard couple of days from people who I usually associate with being kind and charitable.

Thank you U.S.O.C. for all you do for the athletes. And thank you Mr. Sandusky for putting up with the adolescent reaction of knitters everywhere to you just doing your job.

(I know some of you might read this and be a bit upset with me for saying what I said. Please keep your comments PG, and remember I'm just trying to be kind and offer my perspective.)

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