Thank you, Stephanie
Thursday June 21st 2012, 5:18 pm
Filed under: Family,Food,Knit

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee wrote a much calmer post about All That than I did. Good for her, and I’m grateful she did and for her example. (And thank you DebbieR for the heads-up).

And after some discussion around here, too, here are some more thoughts. The patterns that clearly mimic the Olympic logo? Infringe if they’re for sale, if they’re free, no, unless the things made from them are sold.

The USOC thinks the word ravelympics infringes too. Personally, I think it’s close but that it does not and that nobody’s going to confuse the two. The USOC’s letter was far from well thought out, though, and it just didn’t help their cause when, after having called ravelympics “denigrating,” they then apologized (though they did not retract the cease and desist) and added an offer to let (you know that’s a  non-knitter, right there) us knit for the athletes. Trying to make peace in the storm.

Wait, wait, guys: knitting usually takes mega-hours. You have to let people calm down first before you can just assume they want to give up their life’s time to you.

They handled it badly. So did I by letting it get under my skin so thoroughly. I apologize.

Meantime. Bryan left this morning. He’ll be home in New Jersey in time to see my oldest on her way during a move; he saved the last cookie for breakfast before his trip, grinning when I made sure he’d gotten it.

It was a small batch last night. I pureed about a half cup toasted hazelnuts with an egg and three packets of Splenda. Baked them as cookies that came out of the oven looking cake-like but quickly fell and looked cookie-ish again. Then I spread them with premium Bergenfield unsweetened chocolate, melted with packets of Splenda mixed in to his taste.

I saved them all for him. We like good stuff around here and that one he could eat.

All those good nutty chocolatey smells…

I just took a chocolate hazelnut torte out of the oven.

(Ed. to add: Channon got me thinking of when we went to hear Sally Rogers sing at the Folkway Inn in Peterborough, NH, ~26 years ago. I’ve hoped to live up to this song ever since.)

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Thanks for the link! And the nutty, chocolatey goodness!

Comment by pretty 06.21.12 @ 6:06 pm

I think it’s a very good thing I have been too busy keeping up with as UVA turns to catch this yesterday…

… and I need some chocolate.

Comment by Channon 06.21.12 @ 7:44 pm

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 06.22.12 @ 7:03 am

Well, you are more calm about this than I am, and I’m not even a knitter.

The bags AND the basses are loaded!

Comment by Don Meyer 06.22.12 @ 8:46 am

I’m thinking that some of your baking would be all we’d have to offer the USOC for all the rights to the trademarks that we’d need.

This was one that was easy to get riled on – great example of how starting a discussion with a taunt instead of a question can be inflammatory. Thank you for admitting to being riled and to agreeing with Stephanie’s approach.

Comment by twinsetellen 06.22.12 @ 2:12 pm

Yes, between the insults in that C&D letter and the brouhaha at UVA, it’s been a challenging week for keeping calm. Sigh.

Comment by sjanova 06.22.12 @ 2:42 pm

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