Even though I don't have time to do it right now, I'm a big fan of National Novel Writing Month, the annual "contest" that pits writers against themselves to see if they can write a novel of at least 50,000 words completely during the month of November. The New York Times is not such a fan, saying that such a competition shows, happily, that no harm can be done the language by overusing it for a month.
The editorialist at the Times was inartful when comparing "wasting" 50,000 words in a month to the waste that might occur if people tried to knit a sweater during the month of November. "Imagine, a contest called NaSweKniMo -- National Sweater Knitting Month -- in which first-time knitters knit their hearts out," the editorial says. "In many cases that would be a total waste of wool."
Of course there is just such a "contest" in November, known as NaKniSweaMo, and it's been going on for four years. Founding knitter Shannon Okey responded to the Times in a letter she also published on her blog, noting the ignorance and sexism of an editorial writer who couldn't even Google the words national sweater knitting month before deciding such a thing didn't exist and who doesn't know that knitting can be ripped out. You tell 'em, Shannon!
In nicer knitting news, the folks at WEBS are celebrating the 200th edition of their "Ready, Set, Knit" podcast with a giveaway. Participants in a short survey can win one of 200 prizes, ranging form gift certificates to three skeins of Noro not available in the United States and a sock knitters package including 10 skeins of yarn and a bunch of goodies from Lantern Moon.
And in charity news this week, North Carolina seniors and one senior's son have been knitting, crocheting and sewing up a storm, mostly making prayer shawls and baby hats for people in need, while a South Carolina ministry makes prayer shawls, hats, booties, lap robes and more to help people in their community. Some knitters in Minnesota have been working on hats for soldiers and so far have 60 completed, while another group of seniors has knit a giving tree full of hats and scarves for people who need them.