A sewing store in NYC has started a fight with thousands of knitters they have never met over a few words we've been enjoying for years. Many of us are "mad as Hell, and we're not gonna take it any more." Read the story here.
What follows is the e-mail I sent to the offending company. I copied it to knitty.com, Vogue Knitting, Knit n Style, and TKGA -- whoever had an e-dress I could find.
Dear Sewing Store,
I was stunned and angry to learn of your claim to the use of the words "Stitch 'n Bitch" as used by informal knitting groups across the country (possibly all over the knitting world).
Your shop has nothing to do with knitting. It appears that you added knitting to your descriptions after the term became popular. You don't sell yarn and you don't have any knitting classes listed on your Website. None of your team members are knitters. Your motives are suspect and your actions reprehensible.
There are more of us than there are of you, and we spell it differently, and we don't use the word "cafe," either with or without the accented "é."
Have you any idea how much bad press you are getting from this dispute? Even if you win, you have lost.
Just after I hit "send," I scared myself, because I bravely and/or stupidly signed my real name. Ah, well.