Ooops, if you send us your silly handcrafted things, does that make it all better?Wait, let's not forget the LOCOG beat the USOC to the punch by dissing the hours of talented crafting put into the handmade cushions by UK crafters and artisans. Maybe they would prefer if they were emblazoned with corporate logos and manufactured in a sweatshop?
But, oh sweetie, we're so very sorry. It was just a standard issue cease and desist letter. You know, the fancy kind that insults artisans and their craft. I dare say, Abby Franquemont summed it up best: "Well, at least we know they aren't overspending on high-paid, competent PR staff."
“Thanks to all of you who have posted, tweeted, emailed and called regarding the letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics.
Like you, we are extremely passionate about what we do. And, as you may know, the United States Olympic Committee is a non-profit entity, and our Olympic team receives no government funding. We are totally dependent on our sponsors, who pay for the right to associate with the Olympic Movement, as well as our generous donors to bring Team USA to the Games.
The letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics was a standard-form cease and desist letter that explained why we need to protect our trademarks in legal terms. Rest assured, as an organization that has many passionate knitters, we never intended to make this a personal attack on the knitting community or to suggest that knitters are not supportive of Team USA.
We apologize for any insult and appreciate your support. We embrace hand-crafted American goods as we currently have the Annin Flagmakers of New Jersey stitching a custom-made American flag to accompany our team to the Olympic Games in London. To show our support of the Ravelry community, we would welcome any handmade items that you would like to create to travel with, and motivate, our team at the 2012 Games.”