O.K, so why would I want to commit this random act of insanity?? My family ask me this all the time.

Well, it started last October when I rocked up to an anti nuclear demo at Hinkley - complete with my packed lunch, crochet hooks and bobble hat. I like a good day out. One thing led to another, and before you know it, I had singlehandedly scaled a 7 foot high barbed wire fence. My life would never be the same again…..

This was such an exciting day for me. The day I not only jumped a fence, but stepped over a line in my own head, that had been telling me that everything is o.k, play by the rules, behave. Everything is not o.k, and never more so have we needed acts of civil disobedience to send a clear message out to the waiting world: ENOUGH.

So here is my “why?”. The U.K Government is going to spend over £80 billion on renewing the Trident Nuclear warhead – yes, you did hear me right, that’s a lot of money at a time of financial austerity and recession. And you know what? The world has a global arms trade worth $1.74 trillion – woweee! The U.S military is the biggest single user of petrol, and this is why it has the biggest carbon footprint. Now, it doesn’t seem like rocket science to me – lets invest in people instead – lets move from a war economy to a green economy. Cut the military, address the root causes of violence, wars and terrorism. 

Alright, so we are not all front liners. But in my experience, knitters can be a feisty bunch. What we need now is action and hands! By picking up our needles and crochet hooks we are directly engaging in the idea of protest. 

Of having a voice. Of saying “listen up people, this is NOT what I want. Let’s change it”



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  1. I am just about to start knitting now after raiding the charity shops for wool and needles – with more needles and wool too for my 16 year old daughter to start a piece – after I met a friend this morning for breakfast and she was ‘knitting pink against Tridant’.

    • Hi Marian! Fantastic – I have been in the Black Book cafe all morning with my laptop – breakfast is long gone!!! So brilliant – I am also engaging my 16 year old daughter and all her friends. I am even allowed to do an assembly in their 6th form. Let me know how you get on! Thanks for being in touch! jaine xx

  2. It’s a great idea and my local cafe – Uncle Leo’s – now has a knitting basket and poster so anyone can do a few rows and find out more!

  3. Heard about this fantastic idea whilst on a Spinning Course. I’ll definitely be taking part I love the idea of knitting for peace. I’ll spread the word with my creative leisure group in Felixstowe, Suffolk

    • Hi Alison, oh thats great news, yes would you spread the word? Knitting for peace is feeling very powerful over here – so many fantastic people taking part, thank you for being one of them. Jaine xx

  4. A Quaker friend told me about this yesterday and I love the idea. I knit prayer shawls for the elderly but happy to take a break for this good cause.

    I’d love to see a flier too and I’ll get my whole congregation on it.

    Do you know the stitches and needle size for chunky wool?

    • Hello Ruth! We would love you to knit for us if you could – and any members of your congregation would be wonderful too! I will email you a flyer, thanks so much for spreading the word.

      Chunky wool – now you are asking – I keep getting all muddled with this. Well, probably approx. 60 stitches, and I have no idea of needle size. But it doesn’t have to be too exact – it will make a wonderful blanket no matter what, and that’s all that counts! Jaine xxx

  5. Yes, Yes, Yes. You are my hero, thanks. What was that thing Margaret Mead said — something like, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” or something like that, or maybe she didn’t say it — but I think it is true.

    • Yes, she certainly did say and it has inspired me for years…never thought I might attempt to be one of those very small group of citizens, but life weaves strangely and here I am Rick! Thank you for joining me….we grow, the scarf grows! Jaine xx

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