I started out so well, photographing each single piece that you wondrous knitters sent in – oh I did have every good intention, and then somewhere around last Feb I got well and truly buried in your pink anarchy – so forgive me if you don’t see you piece here – couldn’t bear any sad faces – I have noticed, loved and appreciated every single bit sent to me – and have done my best to put a few up and a few names….
so here we go then……
Mid July call of thanks to: Isabel R, Joyce B, Pip T, Pauline D, Jill L, Janet from Australia, Joanna G, Wendy F, Dyllis (for Lis), Catherine H, Chrissie from Sheffield, Davina S, Susan H, Hilary G, Anne H, Bianca & Sheila, Patti from the U.S, Lyn & Mel from Canada, Heather M from Canada, Creston Trinity United Church Canada, Ellie M, Jo and Kirsti
and to anyone else who’s name might have been left off – big big cheering and thanks and love!!
oh you lovely women – Heather, Beryl and Mary
is your piece here….waiting patiently….??
Ruth’s piece among the sweet peas….
more loveliness from Singing Bird Artist!
Russel’s piece – how impressed are we over here?!
Davy’s piece – oh wow!
gorgeous piece from Allison!
Thank you my lovelies:
Jane W, Jane T, Janet S, Natasha F, a Halifax Quaker, Diana and her students, a knitter from Holland, Francesca, Karen, Mrs Evans, Christine (thank you so much for your donation too) Sarah, Helen, June W, Gill H, M Mead, Suzi H, Bobby H, Corinna, Sabine, Mariam, Carmen all from Germany, Angela E, Sally S and the Knit, Knatter and Sing Group of Redruth, Jean P, Birdie & Hatice in Hamburg, Helen’s Craft Group: Helen, Alice, Allison, Roma, Jane & Jackie, Margot, M. Mead, Wendy, Lynn, all the Settle knitters, Jan N, Lorri for the latest banner joining and all the lovely anonymous knitters
Roll call of honour for the following fab knitters…..thank you so much for the mountain of scarf that is arriving every day at my house!
Lakshmi, L. Lowdon, Lily & Rain, Ruth, Catriona, Rosemary, Gari, Judith, Star, Ann, Susan, Joy, Rene, Val, Debby & Liberty, Sue, Kara & Jill, Rosemary J, Mary, Vicky, Jane, Viv, Ruth E, Lesley (Grannie Rainbow), Emma, Margarita Rainbow, Mary, D Cook & L Cook, Raumi, Joan, Ali, Marilyn, Sarah A & Rose, Hazel, Catherine, Eileen, Helga, Marg, Susan H, and all the lovely anonymous knitters xxx
Here are some of the pieces that have been sent in at the end April/beginning of May (apologies that there are too many now to be posting individual names and photos, but thank you all of you amazing knitters, it is really appreciated!)
this weeks anonymous scarf pieces and a massive thank you to you all, whoever you are! xxx
A wonderful piece from Winifred W. who is from Dumfries, a Fairtrade Town. She collected her pink yarn from friends, and here we have it, her ‘crafivism piece’ – amazing, thank you xxx
A sea of sweet flowers from Angie S. – thank you, they’re lovely xxx
The most fabulous parcel of patchwork pieces from Candide in Walsingham, a place I know really well, so a huge thank you xxx
Fantastically pink piece from Emma S. who says she’s not much of a knitter but she used needles that had belonged either to her mother or grandmother both of whom had been involved in CND in the 50′s and 60′s. Thanks Emma! xxx
The most baby soft and lovely pieces from Fran J. and a nice little squirrel card Thank you xxx
Ah Gavin, I love you Five beautiful pieces and the best postcard (photo of Vivienne Westwood dressed as Margaret Thatcher) with the words “this woman was once a punk” – thank you so much for all your hard work, truly xxx
P.S. Gavin says the wool is mostly from other people, including folk on Ravelery and that his “sizes are, ‘erm, Bohemian”
Go Beryl GO!!!!!!! Well that is one busy knitter – thanks so much Beryl M., you superstar you!!
This is Ruth’s piece – tassels and sunshine – oh hello springtime!! Thanks Ruth!
Thank you Angela B – all sorts of lovely stitches and stripes, fab piece xx
Such a great morning with Sue and Sandy in Sennen (got kinda a nice ring to it ) and here they are modelling their pieces, go girls….. xxx
The most gorgeous anonymous pieces – sending love and thanks to you xx
-Vibrant Pink & Tranquil Pink make a pleasant co-existing pattern
-But its spoiled by ugly orange
-Renewed efforts by Vibrant Pink
-Patterns spoiled. Random effects
-Tranquil Pink ignores threat. Gets surrounded. Protests ignored.
-Ugly orange gains strength with promise of Trident Renewal. Unspeakable consequences possible
-Vibrant Pink keeps trying and a narrow Tranquil Pink line gives hope. You will succeed.
Very sweet piece with lots of great stitches from Jil C. – thank you xxx
Another fab banner piece – the P and E from ‘Imagine all the People’ – beautifully knitted by Jill O’Neill – thank you so much! xx
More fab pieces from Jilly P – thank you xx
It’s fab Jo S H – thank you for perfect stripes xx
A really nice piece from my lovely friend Julie, with special wool, thank you xx
Another fantastic piece from Louise P. – thank you lovely knitting woman xx
Fantastic Jill S., all the way from the Isle of Lewis – thank you! xx
Hey Nina – gorgeous colours in your latest piece – massive thank you and love xx
Little beauties E Nussbaum – thank you, they are gorgeous! xxx
Ooooh, what do you think of this then – fab wool and nifty stitches….thank you Sue xxx
Another brilliant piece from Fuggo with a great postcard! Thank you xxx
Hey check out Geraldine’s ribbing – little bit jealous - thank you so much! xxx
Whoohooo Irene O – love this! – thank you very much xxx
A banner piece from Jane G. – a gorgeously stripy W as in What Would You Spend £100 Billion On? Thanks Jane – its fab! xxx
Patchwork loveliness from Judith C. – it’s Little House on the Prairie all over again xxx
A big stack of anonymous pieces – thank you dear knitters, you rock
Bev has been on fire – 7 pieces – woweeee – thanks so much, they are fab xxx
oooooh! How clever is that! Modelled here by my lovely neighbour Jeremy (grabbing men off the street is becoming a theme this week, have you noticed??) Anyway, absolutely fab piece of scarf Margaret – thank you so much! xxx
Pretty excited about this wide ribbing, thanks Helen, its brilliant, and I wish you could see the true colour – its more orange than this pic, and quite wonderful xx
Ah now, Fran has been busy knitting and modelling…another gorgeously chunky piece of scarf….see the next pic……
……and this is Fran demonstrating how I might steal this piece and wear it around my own neck in these chilly winds….thank you, perfect! xx
Oooh, Bernice – this pink rocks….its fab – that will make the scarf glow out at Aldermaston, thank you xx
Thank you Cathy – this is such a thick, chunky piece of scarf, and sooo soft too xx
Two lovely anonymous pieces – although we have sinced found out that one of them belongs to Christine, who says:
“The one on the right that will have arrived looking like a squiggy pink roly poly was from me. I forgot to add my details until after I had taped it all up. Just glad Andy the Postie got it to you. Great job you and everyone involved is doing.” Ha, thank you!! xx
Two really unusual pieces from Sue – very funky! Thank you xx
Amazing wool – thank you Sue in Suffolk – its fab! xx
Great little piece from Pearl N. – so cleverly designed and with words too – thank you xx
Another thick and beautifully knitted piece from Mary W. – its lovely, thank you xx
Thanks so much to the Marshall family for four whole pieces – all so soft and lovely xx
Hey Marg B – another one! Thank you – such cute little flowers attached to it, perfect xx
Love this piece – so pretty and will make a gorgeous blanket – thanks Linda xx
Oh this is also a bit exciting – all the way from New Jersey – Lee’s piece – thanks so much for joining us Lee – really appreciate it! xx
A very special woven piece from Kate – its so beautifully intricate, and quirky and colourful – thank you so much xx
Super funky piece from Karen R – thank you! – and such a great little card too! xx
This is the softest, best piece – such a great colour too – thanks Joanna xx
The most gorgeous granny squares Janis, thank you so much – hope you don’t mind me sharing your words…..
There is a little story behind my piece which I would like to share. The wool was given to me a couple of years ago by a grand lady on 102 who still always had knitting on the go. I wasn’t too sure how to use the bright pink but kept it in my craft basket. Low and behold the reason I was giften it appreared with your project, perfect.
I started with a chain of 8, the symbol of infinity, which joins to become a circle, unity and community. The circle expands to 16 sets of 3 chain and then becomes a square encompassing the circle with 4 corners, 4 directions and symbolising the 4 elements joined in the centre circle by Spirit. I think of the symbolism as I am soothed by the rhythm of the craft.
Please accept this small contribution to your project each square crafted with Love
These stripes really made me smile – so fab, brightening this grey January Thank you Jill x
Love this piece – its so thick its almost felted – will make the best warm blanket – thank you Eluna from CND (did I get your name right??) xx
Wish you could see these great stitches up close – wonderful…thank you Elizabeth B xx
This is the loveliest piece from Christine – thank you, such a sweet colour and pattern xx
and here are the other 6 of Barbara’s latest batch all joined up – wow, fab pieces, thank you so so much xxxx
No holding back that woman – lost count of how many pieces Barbara has done now – she is extraordinary – here are two more…. xx
More anonymous pieces – some real beauties among them – and one of them has a cheeky red feather stitched on which made me smile. Thank you lovely knitters xxxxxx
Anonymous piece in the most perfect basket weave stitch – thank you xx
Fab piece from Ann S – beautifully knitted, thank you xx
Love these little flowers – thanks Evelyn – its a fantastic piece xx
Barbara’s banner piece – the ‘would’ bit of “What would you spend £100 billion on?” – looking so so good – thank you! xx
Two great pieces sent anonymously from London – the turquoise is stunning – thank you! xx
Love the basket weave stitches Sue T. – great wool too, thank you, we love it xxx
Beautiful piece from Patricia, thanks so much, so soft and lovely xxx
This is Nina from Tanzania rolling out her three gorgeous pieces….she may make a very special ‘guest appearance’ at our Stroud join up at Hawkwood on 23rd Feb (details to follow soon) – thanks Nina xxx
Such a lovely piece from Mary C. – lots of interesting stitches and I love the little white corner too. Thank you xxx
Lovely Stroud neighbour Lindsay left these on my doorstep – she and her daughter Poppy knitted them over Christmas on ginormous needles! The wool flecked with blues was spun by Phil at Cornhill Pets in Stroud (this is a pet shop that has given over half of the space to all things woolly – with a spinning wheel and fleece and incredible wool to rummage over, lucky us ) Thanks so much Lindsay, they are fantastic! xxx
Amazing pieces from Helen W. (incredible wool, would love to know what its called) who told me that her 92 year old mother started them, but then decided to give up knitting, so she finished the final strip! Thanks so much Helen, and please pass on our admiration to your mum too xxx
Brilliant joint effort from Elaine and her sister (her sister did the two fancy pieces apparently, but they all look pretty pro to me!!) Thank you both xxx
The loveliest piece from Christine O. who blocked it to make it stretch to its 60cm width – good thinking! Fab colour xxx
Three gorgeous and anonymous pieces – they are lovely, thank you knitters xxx
Wow Annie, moved to tears by your letter about your mum Evelyn and the last piece she ever knitted (pale pink at the bottom) and your granny square piece is a triumph! Big love xxx
Yay, made me smile so much – thanks to yarnbomber Francesca from the Salisbury group Just Yarn It, its fab! xxx
Oooh, very excited – the first piece of banner is back – this is the bit that will spell “you spend” as in “What would you spend £100 billion on?” – thanks so much Bryony, its ace! xxx
Thanks Annette, this is the cutest piece with lovely fluffy bits too (we love fluffy, oh yes we do….) xxx
Its all been happening out there over Christmas…here are some action shots which we hope you will enjoy…..
Sue’s mum, with an amazing colour of pink…..
Nina’s been knitting for us all the way from Tanzania
“Saturday was the Christmas Fair … so we got ourselves a pitch and had fun! Showing off our scarf with the help of Borth Community Garden stall
“The banner – wooly submarine made at Women in Tune – idlewit August 2013 – it’s taken ’til now to get it it sewn up. Big thanks to all who helped (aged 7 to over 60)”
Janet Jones with local MP Mark Williams having a wee go at knitting…..
David learning to knit – cheering you on babycakes!!
Bryony and her daughter and other knitters at Skipton Quakers knit in
Bryony’s daughter’s first go at crochet – wow!
Anne and Rene knitting in Kerala
….then back home at Christmas…..
Lots of gorgeous Christmas pieces came flooding in…..here they are:
first up, beautiful pieces from Val D’s sister….thank you xxx
Fantastic stripy piece from Shirley, thank you xxx
Rosemary in France has been super busy and bobbly, thank you xxx
A wonderful lilac piece from MJ McAlpine – thank you xxx
Like a gorgeous frothy milkshake, thank you Miriam xxx
the most perfect piece from Liz P., thank you xxx
Crochet and knitting from Lily Willow and Rainbow Cobwebs, thank you fab women xxx
Some beauties from my dear friend Jean, thank you soul sister xxx
Look at this fab knitted heart from Jacqui L., thank you xxx
Cath’s blue sparkly Peace banner, yay! xxx
Fairies becoming a theme, thank you Helen, they are beautiful xxx
Granny Rainbow does it again! Thank you Lesley xxx
the best pink ever from Jill Y., thank you xxx
Such sweet pieces from Christine, Emma’s Nan – modelled here by a fairy mouse… xxx
gorgeously thick and colourful pieces from Celia, thank you xxx
such unusual granny squares from Catherine, thank you xxx
more loveliness from Cath, thank you xxx
a whole heap of anonymous pieces – thank you secret knitters xxxx
these beauties from Anne R., thank you xxxx
Fab pieces from Suzanne, thank you xxx
Thank you Sophie, she of the very busy hooks, they are lovely xxx
Oh Pearl, you are a wonder! Thank you xxx
Gorgeousness from Maria’s mum, thank you xxx
Beautiful heart filled peace pieces, thank you Liz T. xxx
Hey Kate and Konnie – you ace knitters, thank you xxx
Thank you Helen, its fab xxx
Thank you Beth for your lovely piece…xxx
Three gorgeous and anonymous pieces….thank you beautiful knitters out there…xxxx
Lots of fab things going on at Uncle Leos (including ice cream we are told…) xxx
Thank you Robin’s mum, looks fantastic! xxx
Take a look at Karin’s crocheted blanket….thank you, its fab xxx
Jill B knitting up a storm for us! xxx
Pics of her two Union Jack and CND symbol pieces …thank you! xxx
and this second one…..
Gorgeous wee hearts from Christina…thank you xxx
Look at these crazy granny squares from Ayrshire CND, gotta love them! xxx
Thank you Woolly Greyhound for your clever knitting paws xxx
Thank you all you Voice camp knitters for this community piece xxx
Oh how much do I love this Theo?! Thank you xxx
Thank you so much lovely Teresa from Choir xxx
Stripy wonderfulness from Norma – thank you xxx
Do’s 3rd piece – yay! to you, thank you so much xxx
Thank you so much Clare, gorgeous! xxx
Oh you wondrous knitter – thank you Clare’s mum xxx
It’s fab Cath, thank you! xxxx
Black Books Cafe – a community knitted piece – thank you Stroudies! xxx
An anonymous crocheted piece – thank you! xxx
A gorgeous piece from Ann, thank you xxx
Beautiful Alice, thank you xxx
From Renate in the mountains…..
From Sarah H…..
From Pauline T. and the Welsh knitters…..
From Pat (from Stroud Song)….
From L. Bath…..
From Joy B……
dropped off at Bluestocking in Stroud….
From Caroline S…..
From Audrey F…..
From Sandra and the Hearsall Lunch club….
From Rae S……..
From M. Johnson…..
From Marion D……..
From Granny Rainbow….
From Jo Cooper…..
A piece from Jess M.’s mum…..
In memory of Gisela Martha Irma Tait….
An anonymous piece from Brighton…..
Three beauties from Anna R……..
Some gorgeous crochet from Andrea G……
Susanne’s pooches reluctantly let us have these pieces in the end – thank you xx
Very funky piece from Susan H. – fab wool and tassels – oooh! Thank you xx
Nicole’s piece with lots of fab stitches…thank you! xx
Thanks Maya – so perfectly knitted – and in the most amazing wool xx
Love this piece from Jeannie who is from Newcastle Upon Tyne – beautiful soft stripes all melting into each other, thank you xx
Funky knitted patchwork from Jean Clare, thank you xx
Soft and sweetly pink, thank you its lovely, Cath L xx
Peace and Love – an anonymous piece from Bolton, thank you xxx
How about this for ingenious? Crocheted CND granny squares….thank you Tina…it is wondrous and magical! xxx
Susanne’s dogs may not let her send us this piece, they are looking pretty cosy to me…..xx
the grooviest piece from Sandy S to make you smile – thank you xx
Roslyn’s piece – just so pretty – with ribbons stitched in – thank you, its lovely xxx
Nicole knits anywhere and everywhere – keep it up sister! xxx
More magic from Margaret – oh we love you! Thank you xx
This piece jingle jangles like you wouldn’t believe – its amazing – with silver bells stitched on! Thank you Karen, great idea xxx
So gorgeous, thank you Joy, it is a fantastic colour too…. xxx
So soft and beautiful – wish you could see this for real – perhaps you will if you come on the day – it has beautiful little ribbons attached. Thank you Jenny C xx
Knitting AND crochet – how much did we smile!!! Thank you xxx
so great to have some crochet – thanks again Celia B! Its lovely xxx
Lisa and I got all excited and happy opening this month’s parcel surprises….
Thank you Sally B – ribbing to swoon over – xxx
How about this then? A huge box of contributions from the Helping Hands knitters group – what a brilliant bunch of women, thank you xxx
Check out this hot pink from Chrissie M – ooh thank you! xx
My cat Martha would like you to think this was her contribution, but it is actually an anonymous piece from Exmouth xx
Anne Brenner from Wisconsin in the US sent us two incredible pieces – thank you! xxx
Well, I bet you were all wondering when MY piece would make a guest appearance…hmmmm…here it is – with a whole heap of help from the community at Black Books cafe in Stroud xxx
Two anon pieces – thank you, they’re lovely xxx
We saw it from it’s first stitches – Becky’s granny square piece, all finished! Thank you xxx
Now, I am getting a bit confused with these anonymous pieces – have we had this one before? Well, a big thank you to it’s creator xx
Isn’t this your second piece Robyn? It’s gorgeous, thank you xxx
Hilary’s 4th and 5th pieces – she’s still going strong, that woman…thank you xxx
Fab and funky peace dove from Petra – go girl xxx
Natalie’s piece – so beautifully knitted – thank you xxx
crochet envy in a big way – thank you Joyce – it’s fantastic xx
rows and rows of pinky softness from Julie – delicious, thank you xx
Fab turquoise border (which I love) from Dolly – thank you xx
ok, the name-eating goblin of badness has stolen the name of the person who knitted this gorgeous one – is it yours??
A lovely piece from Petuna/Paddy – sorry, couldn’t quite make out your name, but thank you so much xxx
a super exciting package from Mary…..
and unpacked…….ooooh! xxx
An anonymous little pixie piece…thank you!
Lots and lots of pieces – 13 in fact! – from Leslie – wow!
A gorgeously soft pinky piece from Dawn who is Becky’s mum apparently!
Sheila’s piece with a little surprise in it’s pocket…
Lorri T – what a superstar! – begins the charts for the special knitted banner we will be making….
Josie and Serena bring pieces of fabness
lots of packages arrive….
another bundle of pieces arrives through the post!
a beautiful piece sent anonymously from Wales – thank you!
three pieces from Margaret!
patchwork from Ruth….
thank you Sarah, gorgeous colour!
deliciousness from Norfolk’s Chocolate Deli girls – Gaby, Joan and Monica!
thank you to Melodie! xxx
Becky’s progress (we are waiting with bated breath….)
an exceptionally talented (and exhausted) monkey – and a small bit of help from Ingrid
Our oldest knitter I believe – Elna Tarnudd in Sweden
Becky’s granny squares (watch this space…)
Herb the dog modelling Susan’s piece…..
Sayaphim’s piece arrives from Australia
Joanna knitting on water
Josie knitting (at Bingo!)
Judith’s second piece…
from J Hicks
an anonymous piece from Bristol….
Glennie’s knit in at Ashley Hay festival
Look what Pauline brought to Stroud for me (yahoo) from Merched y Wawr Caeryddin (Ladies of the Dawn) and also from the Carmarthen embroiderers group – thanks ladies!
Barbara’s pieces (she’s on fire, that Barbara!!)
Mel performs a miracle…
Lorri begins her written/knitted masterplan
Olga’s piece from Vancouver, Canada
Berit & Kristina’s pieces in Sweden
Sayaphim knitting in Melbourne, Australia
from Sarah A
from Sandy B
what Nim did next!!
from Di (whose been REALLY busy….)
next up: Helen and Helen – two friends knitting a piece together – great idea!
Joanna knitting on the way home from the Aldermaston protest on April 1st….
the Knighton knit-in over Easter (with hot chocolate naturally)….
a stunning piece from Janet Moxley (with little people dancing on it!!!)
Fantastic PEACE piece of scarf from Rachael…
stripey loveliness from Lucille….
Roger getting to grips with a pair of frisky needles…..
Sarah dropping her bit off in person to me….
Lizzie’s amazing banner – our first! – soooo exciting!
Helen’s piece of scarf (with the snoozing help of Nellie….)
and finally (for now!)…Natasha’s piece of wonderfulness…..
Here is a great blogpost from Petra Hilgers who was at last Monday’s Stop Fooling With Nuclear Weapons Protest at Aldermaston
This is a very sweet story from someone I’ve met, called Mary, and her mum. This is what she wrote…
Hi Jaine – it’s Mary here from the lovely Dartmoor weekend – you know I’m the one that you ‘glared’ at, demanding that I pick up my needles!! Well thought I’d just drop you a line to say that 3 pieces are in progress – the one that’s coming on best is being knitted by my Mum – complete with dementia, she is steaming away with it – I cannot tell you Jane how heart warming it is to see her purposeful with her task (I’ve told her it’s for blankets for children – they’re nearer to her heart and easier to understand at this stage than the other aspects of your project!) Another piece is being painstakingly approached by one of her carers – never knitted in her life before, but showing a dertermination of the flavour of …’well if you can knit with dementia…’! And yes, the 3rd piece is of course being knitted by me. Have been spreading the word and very hopeful that there should be plenty of support from this neck of the woods heading your way. Keep well and keep up the good work girl – you are wonderful, you can do it, and thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for the nudge that got me to think of putting a set of needles back in my Mum’s hands – I feel there might be an offshoot to wool against weapons, something for the health sector along the lines of – before you drug them up because they are inconvenient to care for, please check to see if they can be gainfully employed to knit!! Love to you and yours, Maryxxxxxxx
and still they roll in….thanks lovely knitters and crocheters….here are the latest pieces:
from Yvonne, inspired by Kaffe Fassett:
from Linda – loving the Doves!!!
from Judith (she’s a very lovely tenor from my community choir Stroud Song)
from Hilary…with some pretty cool basket weave and moss stitches (might need a tutorial on that sometime Hilary!)
and the most perfectly special piece from Pearl, all the way from France….
Here are some pics of the first pieces that are being made! Yahoooo, check out those pinks….
and the first piece from Stroud Song, our community choir – thanks Tina!
Fuggo and furry paws…
and the finished piece when it arrived in Stroud! (pretty impressed with the cabling……)
me, excited about Julia’s fluffiness…
more magic from Barbara!
from Kaj Mad Petlady!
latest in from Mandy…
Jo with her granny squares
Really excited about all you lovely knitters and crocheters who have said YES! to getting involved with this woolly madness. Really – thank you xxxx
So, I would like to send some sparkly Stitchy Witch cards to the first five people to finish their metre scarf pieces – just email me a photo of you with your pinky offering at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today I made my first visit to the Women’s Peace Camp at Aldermaston – what a fab bunch of women!…and what a scary place the Atomic Weapons Establishment is….shiver….
I feel inspired to make my own stitchy banner after this seeing this one…a visit to the scrap store is needed I think. I may not be able to climb barbed wire fences easily, but stiching I CAN DO…..oh yes indeedy!