The Knitted Army of Olympics Supporters

Well, while the US Olympic Committee may lack a sense of humor and respect towards knitters, clearly the Brits do not have the same issue.  In fact, knitters from all over Britain (and other places) have been making their own little cheering section of ‘knitteds’ which are showing up at the games. Some have taken it even farther to make knitted replicas of their favorite athletes, and present them to the athlete with best wishes for success at the games.

This is Paralympic gold medallist Graham Edmunds with his Knitted. Original photo is on The Independent Blog. (Link below)

I love that they’ve included the Paralympic athletes in their project too. Knitteds are arriving by bus, by train, and by motorcar. They’re causing lots of smiles at security as they go through the scanners ready to head into the stadiums to cheer for their favorites. Some are even being auctioned for charity.

This is populism at its best – people banding together to have fun, make something interesting, and participate in a positive world event. You can read more about it here:

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/07/25/the-knitted-army-of-olympic-supporters/

To see more photos and be able to participate vicariously, join their open Facebook group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/496746917019125/

If you’re a knitter, are you participating in the Olympic-themed events this year? I’ll be participating in the Ravellenic Games, where I’ve got two projects entered in the WIP Wrestling event. One of my friends is hosting a casting-on party on Friday night, where we’ll all be gathering together to eat British food and watch the opening events. A couple of people in our group will even be bringing British spouses. It should be a really fun time.

Happy week, everyone. Stretch, warm up, and get ready to get your knit on.

P.S. In case you’re wondering what my comment about the USOC means, this CaiteyRosy did a great job of explaining it over on her blog post, Righteous Indignation, Thy Name is Knitter, here: http://all-she-wants-to-do-is-knit.com/2012/06/20/righteous-indignation-thy-name-is-knitter/. Also, looks like a very interesting blog if you’re into knitting like I do check her out.

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2 thoughts on “The Knitted Army of Olympics Supporters

  1. caityrosey says:

    Aww, thanks for the mention.

    It never occurred to me to celebrate my fandom by making knitted doppelgangers of people. Now I want to make one of Neil Gaiman…

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