I rarely, if ever, talk politics. I'm a vegetarian, but I also believe people should eat what they want. I feel the same way about pretty much everything in my life; I do what I feel is right, and I hope everyone else does what they think right, too. I'm not here to dictate that, and I chafe at being told what to think myself.
Sometimes, though, a message seems important enough to say something about to the world at large. The lovely Pippi, creator of wonderful fibers and amazing human-in-general, recently posted her new colorway, Free Tibet, with a reminder that on this eve of the Olympics, it is important to remember that Tibet has seen no improvement in its great need for freedom. She created the yarn as a prayer, emulating the Tibetan prayer flags that are traditionally hung to "promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom" (wikipedia, linked above).
You can order your own skein, to knit prayerfully, as I intend to do with mine, or, you can join our Free Tibet Awareness Contest. Pippi has generously donated a skein of this gorgeous yarn to be given to a blogger who participates.
Here's the deal:
1. On 08/08/08, post on your blog "None of us are free until ALL of us are free" with a link back here, as well as a link to one of these informational sites: Students for a free Tibet or International Campaign for Tibet. If you know of another good informational site, feel free to link to that instead.
2. Leave a comment, letting us know that you are joining us on our quest for awareness.
Pippi said she'd love to see 40 blogs with "None of us are free until ALL of us are free" on them tomorrow. I think we can aim higher. 50? 75? 100? Prove me right, people, and leave your comment, and we'll use the random number generator to choose a recipient for Pippi's generous prize.
It seems like a great way to kick of the Ravelympics to me!