CNN PRODUCER NOTE Nobbyknitter says she and the staff at the Everett Public Library, located in Everett, Washington, wanted to celebrate the Olympics in a unique way. They decided to take some inspiration from Sue McBride, author of the book "Knitting for gold." She knitted dolls that represent Olympic athletes who are performing at the Olympic Games in London.
She says McBride's book offered basic patterns and clothing accessories for knitters to craft twenty different athletic dolls. She says the process to create a doll takes her approximately one to two weeks. 'We meet on our lunch hour to knit and completed most of the dolls at home on nights and weekends,' she says. She knitted the swimmer, basketball player, tennis player and weightlifter.
The Olympic dolls were on display for a few weeks at the public library, in the children's room. She also plans on watching the Olympic Games as well. 'My fifteen-year-old nephew is a competitive swimmer, so I have to say I look forward to watching Michael Phelps break the all-time medals win record,' she says.
There is currently controversy surrounding knitters and the Olympics. The U.S. Olympic Committee sent a cease and decease order to a social knitting group called, Ravelry because of potential copyright infringement. Soon after, the knitting community was in uproar online, and the U.S. Olympic Committee has apologized to knitters. You can read more about the controversy here. And check out more sights and sounds of the Olympics being celebrated worldwide on the CNN iReport Open Story.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer