A page from my father.

One of the things my father is known for in my family is his writing skill. He is a published author, a grammarian, and an enthusiastic writer of letters to the editor. I think I took a page from him this morning.

In my previous post, I explained all about NaKniSweMo. You can imagine my surprise when I saw this article in the New York Times on Saturday the 13th.

Let me excerpt.

November is National Novel Writing Month. Perhaps you know that already. Perhaps you’re trying to reach word 23,338 by night’s end. If you don’t know NaNoWriMo, think of it as a literary marathon with nearly 200,000 mostly amateur writers. The goal? To write a 50,000-word “novel” in 30 days.

“Novel,” in NaNoWriMo-speak, means “laughably awful yet lengthy prose.” What began in 1999 with 21 friends has grown into a nonprofit called the Office of Letters and Light, whose purpose is to get people to throw their literary inhibitions aside, work within a communal deadline, and have fun.

Imagine, a contest called NaSweKniMo — National Sweater Knitting Month — in which first-time knitters knit their hearts out. In many cases that would be a total waste of wool.

I don’t know what disappoints me more. I’m used to the slightly mocking tone, although I don’t really appreciate it or the “waste of wool” comment. But the editor can’t even be bothered to Google the notion before he hits publish.

I stewed about this for a few days, and then this morning wrote the following letter to the editor.

To Whom it May Concern:

I am writing to notify you of an error in your Editorial ””Word After Word After Word” which appeared on November 13, 2010.

In the article, the editor is discussing National Novel Writing Month. He/she makes a tongue in cheek comment:

“Imagine, a contest called NaSweKniMo — National Sweater Knitting Month — in which first-time knitters knit their hearts out. In many cases that would be a total waste of wool.”

Such an endeavor does indeed exist and has since November 2006. NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month) is the brainchild of editor and knitting author Shannon Oakey and was first brought to life on her blog in 2006.

I just wanted to say that I’m surprised and disappointed by your article – both that the editor feels the need to call what we do a “waste of wool” and that he/she can’t be bothered to do basic research on Google (when I enter “nasweknimo” in the search box I get no less than 198 results).

I don’t expect a response, but I feel better now.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lauragayle
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 19:40:33



  2. pip
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 20:03:08

    you know… he must’ve come across NaKniSweMo somewhere along the line…. as it would be a pretty obscure coincidence for such a skeptic to randomly come up with such a great idea… even in jest! My thinking is that he’s either read it somewhere and it was lurking in his subconscious (spelled a little wonky) … or(more likely) he’s read about it and is having a (albeit misguided 😉 laff at the worthy participants!
    Either way… well done on writing … let us know if you get a response!


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