What you are saying!

Hey listen you lovely people, there’s something I’ve got to tell you….and it is this…..I’ve been all tangled up in this big ol’ woolly doodah since late 2012 and it’s been a HUGE adventure, loads of fun, and sometimes quite hard too. In those ‘oh I think I might give up’ moments there you all are, shining at me, encouraging me, cheering us all on with your cards, letters, phonecalls and completely inspiring WONDERFULNESS……So I really, really, really mean it when I say “thank you, you are all amazing, and seriously I could not have done it without you”.  

Enough of my words, here are some of yours………

For my dear and valiant friend Jaine. A few goodies that might come in handy on Saturday…I will be thinking of you and praising your pink cleverness. 

Knitted mostly by my mother-in-law, aged 91, whilst she was in Cheltenham General recovering from a broken hip. She was up knitting at 5.30am much to the surprise of the nurses. 

Dear W.A.W… You are amazing! You are a blessing many many times over. 

Being a knitter and someone who attended Greenham Common actions for many years, especially the week long blockade in 86, I was inspired to pick up my needles and join in, although I’m going to leave the physical part these days unfortunately to the young and fit – I will be with you in spirit. 

 I am just a knitter. This way I am part of thousands of knitters and our commitment is made visible to one another and – crucially in a democracy – also to the politicians. Would I know about this useless waste of money? Would I really be engaged with the idea that my elected representatives think that I support the renewal of Trident? Honestly, without WAW, no. The people at WAW would and they have shared the facts. Practically? Our living is about people and this knitting, this scarf, brings us – people – to the same place. If you had not asked, I would not even have been inspired to say all this, and for that…. Thank you.

What you’ve done is amazing – can’t wait to see it on August 9th

We’re with you all the way

One 100x60cm knitted scarf with abstract decoration representing Life & Death (nothing to do with me being out of practise with knitting!)…..

Good luck on the Great Day! From a 1959/60 CND protester

My mother, who died in 1983, would have highly approved of this venture. These attached ‘patches’ of knitting are samples of her work…it feels very appropriate to add them.

I am not the best knitter but it was important for me to ‘have a voice’ and be involved, albeit at a distance. My daughter spent an important time in her life at the Faslane Peace Camp – I have visited many times.

All the best to you all and hope it’s a really successful day. You never know, the BBC might actually get off their arses (forgive the language) and give the event some coverage. 

Thank you for your wonderful idea, which has allowed me to get more involved and put part of myself into an action. I became disabled in my early 20s and have used a wheelchair for over 10 years now, so my activism, such as it is, is mostly confined to signing petitions and writing emails or letters to decision makers. I love knitting – its one of the things that has kept me going and it has been great to use it to help make a strong statement of my (our) beliefs. I hope the seven mile scarf makes a massive impact and moves our Government closer to acting for peace, instead of preparing for war.

‘Peace will come, let it begin with me’ – Much love and hugs and thanks for pulling all this together. May there soon be a world where violent conflict is unacceptable, let there be peaceful communication on a household level and international level

You are amazing. Much love, light and happiness

Knitted by my 95 year old mother who has not knitted anything for 70 odd years!

I won’t be able to make it on the day, but will be with you all in glorious and peaceful and powerful spirit!!

Good luck for the 9th August, thank you for all that you have done and are doing. We all need hope for a peaceful world. Its the first time I’ve knitted in 30 years!

Sorry they’re a) late b) rubbish but we wanted to contribute. Novice young knitters! Hope they help anyway in their shrunken misshapen form! 

Dear Sisters, on behalf of my religious sister Valeria and me, I send you our peaceful greetings. And we wish you success! May peace grow in our hearts, in every heart, all over the world. God Bless you, Sister Martina. 

We hate living in the shadow of AWE. we are looking forward to joining you all on the day

Another scarf section for you. It tightened up a bit in the knitting, but will stretch to 60cm at the ends – just needs showing who’s boss! 

I just wanted to let you know how amazing your achievement in bringing all this together is – I feel chuffed to have had the opportunity to make a very small contribution! I can’t be at the actual day itself but hope that the sun shines on all of you and the world takes note of the real message underlying the fabulous pinkybrightness. To know also that once this is done it will help make someones life a warmer place makes it all worth it

May karma follow you kindly

I have had such alot of fun knitting this, wonderfully ridiculous idea. All the best for the day.

Good luck for the 9th, I’m sending two scarf holders to the demo as I can’t go myself. Thank you for all the pinkness. My family won’t miss the pink yarn and unexpectedly located knitting needles (ouch) but I’ve enjoyed doing something for peace and a further useful purpose

Hope you like this little offering. I made it with Pink – for love to keep you strong, White for bright light to inspire you, Lilac for patience, Blue for Peace, Green for hope eternal.

I started knitting for the Cause, I’m not a keen knitter and was lacking in wool but I knew I had to contribute. So I sat before my fire in the forests of Transylvania and took up my needles. I wanted to be part of a circle that I felt in my heart to be of such value and transformation. So, knitted from the heart and the shape shows the deep connection we all share. (Su knitted two perfect red hearts)

I am so honoured to be a part of this project. The yarn I used was all left over from the hooded baby sweaters I’ve been knitting since 1978 when I was pregnant with my first baby (who is now 35). These babies are the future – we need to make sure they have a future.

Thank you for starting something so awesome! Praying for a nuclear free world.

Made by two ladies of over 80+ – proud daughter for one of them, also a Greenham Great Granny

Thank you for your inspiration and huge dedication. My offering for the Pink scarf that will carry our hugs and blessings and love

You’ll never be able to look at pink again! Here are two more – verging on burgundy as promised. What a JOB! What a RESPONSE! Hope there’s still some joy in it

What an unusual and inspirational idea to improve the consciousness of the evil of nuclear weapons. The first few rows of the knitting were done by teenagers at a summer school for Quakers from the North West of England and North Wales. The remaining knitting was done by Quakers in Central Manchester. With thanks for your bright idea which has drawn a lot of diverse people together in the course. 

SOLIDARITY from Turkey. Have a brilliantly successful scarf day and on into the future. 

Its the first knitting I’ve attempted in over 20 years

Am enjoying watching it all unfold (literally!) If I’m free on the 9th I will be there

Thank you for your amazing, hard, inspirational work on this! Thanks for the time you allowed me to contemplate while knitting this

Knitting can change the world!

Unaccustomed knitting gave me time for reflection

I started knitting last Christmas when a friend bought me a knitting it. A jumper, shawl, a few scarfs, a hat, a blanket and some failed gloves later, I finally got to embark on a project which defined the reason why I wanted to learn knitting in the first place….a spot of knitting for the purpose of yarn bombing! I just wanted to thank you for planning and organising this fantastic demonstration against the investment into nuclear arms. A peaceful way to demonstrate our anger and great reason for us to get out our needles and knit and purl our way to a voice. 

The scarf was started by me, and ended by my neighbour. The vast majority was done by a group of women and a couple of men on a retreat at Dhannakosa retreat Centre in Scotland, run by the Triratna Buddhist Community. We wish you well on the day.

Thanks for your great initiative and I’ve so enjoyed the knitting. Here’s chocolate for encouragement

Here is my contribution to the long pink scarf, sent with much gratitude for your inspired idea and prayerful hope for peace and no more weapons

My friend was brilliant at knitting. Very sadly she died at the end of last year. We visited Greenham, Burtonwood and joined so many protests together over the years. I miss her terribly. This scarf is my attempt at remembering her contribution to the cause.

I wish you all the best with the scarf. I hope it raises awareness of nuclear weapons and is a fantastic day, as you all deserve for all the hard work

Wishing you all the best in your campaign. I’ve really enjoyed working in pink. How brilliant it is to see so many willing hands and such fabulous shawls. 

So often women are ‘stoppered’ by the desire to fit into our families view of us for their comfort that we quell these fires within; you’ve given me a chance to add the candle flame I to others, to produce a beacon big enough to be noticed, hopefully listened to and acted upon. By the way, the stripes came about as I realised I wouldn’t have enough wool…I decided to add the deeper colour in Fibonacci sequence stripes – there’s an attempt at deeper meaning albeit clumsy! With grateful thanks to you, your vision, and all the efforts of the others involved.

Hi, you came into our secondary school a while back to talk about the Wool Against Weapons….I’m 15 and agree with what you stand for, and hope the scarf influences the Governments decision with the Trident contract, or if not then publicises the contract so more of the public know what it is

Greetings from Bread & Roses in Hamburg! Nice action, wonderful idea, may you be successful! Shalom.

This won’t be your best contribution, but I hope someone will appreciate it. For me, its good to be a part of this protest and support for people much less fortunate than ourselves. Well done you for organising it. 

I hope my contribution is acceptable for the August project. I am 74 years old and do try to be kind to Mother Earth

Our sister/aunt told us last your about your project against nuclear weapons. We wanted to support this great idea so we started knitting and crocheting. We are proud that we can send you now four beautiful pieces for the scarf from Germany. Good luck for the last weeks and thank you for your commitment. 

Good Luck everybody…Peace in our Time

An honour to join in. Have relearned my knitting and crocheting skills after many years away from them. Good luck.

This is such a fabulously inspiring project. Am so deeply touching to see all the knitting projects going on over the world and the power of creative, heart centred community. Surely a preferable approach to life than death and destruction….x

“Made from leftovers of granddaughters cardigans! Peace for the next generation, here’s hoping”

“Great to see it all coming together”

“My Swedish granddaughter Lydia (7) is very proud that I attached the crochet flower that she made. Good luck!”

“Knitting for Peace is so worthwhile, I never want to stop! See you on Nagasaki Day”

“Please find enclosed my pink contribution to the Peace Scarf. I have enjoyed creating it. I have not knitted for 30 years. Let’s hope it has a big impact”

“Finally finished, been knitting for nearly a year! Thanks to Ponthafren, a charity in Newtown Powys, for the wool, hence the multi-pink squares! Classic schizophrenia /two of us – one of us measured very carefully and worked it all out – the other one knitted it – hence the different sizes!”

“Thank you a million times for all your work in this venture. I hope to be at Aldermaston on August 9th”

“My piece was knitted with love and in remembrance of Kay Jenkin who was one of the Greenham Common women. She passed to Spirit 2 years ago. I met her at a Quaker Meeting in 2002….a strong woman…she was amazing (and sometimes difficult lady”

“Thank you for your energy and your vision. I’m sure this project will be an amazing success. With love and friendship”

“So appreciate what you are doing. Love and Peace”

“thank you for this brilliant project. I am enclosing a pink blanket from myself and my daughter Liberty who learnt to knit so she could join in with this worthwhile idea. She has done so well and enjoyed every moment. We both believe in the Wool Against Weapons Campaign and the idea of distributing the blankets afterwards is also very rewarding”

“Thank you for all the amazing work you are doing to influence the mad politicians. After all it is pointless, ridiculously expensive and dangerous to make something that can never be used without destroying the whole world. I hope you like my attempts at a dove”

“Enclosed are my first attempts at knitting for 40 years. Love and peace”

“Here is our contribution to the Peace Scarf – probably the plainest effort you’ve received but my mum basically taught me to knit with this wool and next time (for surely there must be another wool Protest after this one!) I may be more ambitious. What I did learn with this process is how much of a ritual knitting can be – the tea at my side, the candles burning, and my thoughts wandering and meandering and the thread of those thoughts weaving magic. How wonderful it will be when everyone intentions and thoughts are unravelled together across the landscape in August. So thank you Jaine for giving my mum and I the chance to feel part of something so exciting”

“Can’t wait to see the finished piece. I’m really impressed and moved by everyone’s involvement and creativity in making this happen”

“Well done for organising / initiating this pink proclamation. Here are some balloons to help inflate flagging energy and raise a smile”

“Good luck with the campaign – I’m sorry I won’t be able to be there on the day but am very happy to sew blankets together if there’s any way I can get involved”

“Wow, what a project – you are an amazing woman. Last March you may remember we had mum knitting in spite of dementia – her carers (new to knitting) joined her. Here at last, gloriously imperfect, but completed with such love and determination are our 3 pieces. Huge thanks for the experiences that you inspired for us Jaine, sending so much love”

“Thank you for inspiring me to knit for the first time since 1986! I had often thought of starting, but needed the right reason I think!”

“With pleasure and admiration for a good scheme”

“Beautiful magic”

Wishing you success in your creative campaign!”

“Thank you for all your hard work organising this”

“Enclosed is the blanket which I have knitted from the wool which you kindly sent me, at the time when I was recovering from my hip replacement operation. I am now back at work and all went well. I would like to think the Wool Against Weapons campaign will be effective” 

“Thank you for offering to accept my knitting, here is my piece. I am glad so many people have shown an interest. I am an old woman, not able to do as much as I used to!”

“I was delighted to hear about your initiative and wanted to say thank you not only for that but also for giving me the incentive for having a really good rummage through the yarn stash and remembering what I had originally made with some of the yarns. That includes knitting for babies who now have babies of their own! Happy memories”

“Knitted mostly from wool given me by my late mother who had a peaceful soul and longed all her life for peace between others. Prayers and blessings”

“Knitted with love and not much expertise. Thank you for doing this”

“I feel like as a ‘stay at home’ mum there is very little I can do about the state of the world. Buying Fairtrade bananas and recycling cereal boxes is a drop in the ocean. It has felt good to be making the blanket whilst waiting around at swimming/ballet/street dance lessions for my kids. It certainly is a talking point with the other parents”

“Here is my contribution, not very expertly knitted but sent with love. I have been campaigning against nuclear and all weapons since the ’60′s (now aged 85 soon). Wool Against Weapons – a brave venture and a powerful symbol in its gentleness”

“I’m pleased to have been able to contribute to such an amazing protest. I think this is such a brilliant idea and think its great, what you are doing. We have to keep protesting, keeping hoping and working towards a more peaceful world, and this demonstration is one step along the way”

“I am happy to enclose my small contribution to your scarf. I think it is an absolutely wonderful idea. I look forward to seeing all the press coverage. Let’s hope those responsible will take notice”

“Sorry it came out wider – I tried to persuade it to be 60cms, but it fought back! Also a few mistakes as I haven’t knitted for 40ish years! All the best with the protest – it is a fantastic thing you are doing”

“I enclose 6 units of pink knitting towards the Peace Scarf. I have enjoyed making them – its amazing how friends and charity shops come up trumps!”

“Here’s my finished pieces for WAW – apologies for the peculiar shape but I have a tiny student budget and I scarified my second best DIY hot water bottle cover for the cause, as it was one of the best sources of pink wool I had to hand!”

“I am so happy to be part of this magical group which brings together so many people, there is a lot of love and goodness out there”

“Good luck, I shall carry on knitting. This stitch is called a ‘Quaker Rib Stitch’!”

“I hope your postman is still very busy bringing the knitting…I do volunteer knitting regularly – mostly for babies in Africa or Romania so this was quite a change. I have visited many nuclear bases over the years and am up for a different kind of protest. Hope this continues to grow meter by meter”

“Good luck with it all, and bless you for the whole enterprise. As one of the many women who “embraced” Greenham Common all those years ago it has re-kindled my urge to protest in innovative ways” 

“Congratulations for wishing to do something positive!”

“Here are two pieces for the Wool Against Weapons peace scarf. Three of them were knitted by my mother, who is coming up for her 92nd birthday. She then finally decided that she’s giving up knitting for good, so I knitted the final strip and finished off!”

“Love, peace and joy”

“Well done. Good Luck, and keep up the good work”

“This is a bit rough round the edges but will get a meter further. Well done for all your work and thanks for doing this. Love and Peace!”

“Hope these take you a couple of steps nearer to your destination”

“I havent knitted since 1999, and then only a small square, so I apologise for any odd stitches. I hope we can get people talking and doing things together”

“Not much of a knitter but I hope you can use the enclosed as I so much want to be part of this! I am in absolute awe of you and all the ladies who have knitted and crocheted such beautiful pieces. Congratulations on a brilliant concept”

“Here’s my second piece. I love the photo of your postman!”

“It is a fantastic idea, I am particularly enthused that the scarf will be up cycled after the demo! I am intrigued as to how you are going to distribute 7 miles of wool (hopefully not wet!) along the route….logistics nightmare but I am sure you have a crafty solution! Hoping it all goes knittingly!”

“Well done!! Looking forward to seeing it on the news??!!”

“Sending Love, Light and Hope for a better tomorrow”

“Here is a contribution to Wool Against Weapons. It was made by my daughter who lives in Vancouver, and dropped it in to me on a recent visit. Very good luck with this imaginative project”

“My first attempt at knitting anything! I’ve now got the bug and have all sorts of projects planned. Pleased and proud to be part of Wool Against Weapons, more power to our elbows!”

“Here’s ‘the Piece’ (for Peace). I’m the one who hasn’t picked up needles for over 40 years! so it looks a bit amateurish really – but the cause is the point and I’ve enjoyed doing it with that in mind. May it all go well.”

“I hope this is what you need. I loved knitting it”

“I heard about it from my Quaker Meeting and have thoroughly enjoyed doing it”

“From a Greenham Woman (and her friends) to the next generation of women activists, with love and best wishes for August 9th”

“I’m not much of a knitter, but I used needles that had belonged to either my mum or my Grandmother, both of whom had been involved with CND back in the late 1950′s and the 1960′s”

“Brilliant idea. Here’s two pieces to add to the Pink Peace Scarf. The world needs people like you”

“I marched to Greenham back in the day. I thought it unlikely to stop war – but why not – it may help get my creativity going! I never thought back in 1981 that the scarves I made for the march would help anything…so you never know!!”