Knitters create seven-mile scarf for peace

Knitters create seven-mile scarf for peace

There is plenty of doom and gloom and war in the world these days, but thankfully there are also folk trying to do something about it.

While governments and diplomats might try to do all they can, sometimes what is needed is some serious consciousness-raising - and practical help for those suffering.

One group who believe using knitting needles and colourful yarn can do just that are a group of anti-nuclear campaigners in Bristol, who gathered outside the Lush store in Broadmead, Bristol last Saturday (June 14th). Their knit-in started what they hope will be a seven-mile long pink scarf - the longest in the world, the Bristol Post reports.

The Wool Against Weapons group are campaigning against nuclear devices and plan to unwind the garment to link the atomic bomb factories at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire, which stand seven miles apart, as part of their campaign. The group wants to get their scarf ready in time for August 9th, the anniversary of the dropping of the first atom bomb used in war, which fell on the city of Hiroshima in 1945.

After that, the scarf will be converted into blankets for use in hospices, emergency areas and war zones around the world.

The initiative is part of a joint campaign with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament for Britain's Trident nuclear weapon system to be scrapped. Campaigner Rose Crossland told the paper: "We think that the money saved - an eye-watering £100 billion - would be better spent on the NHS, job-creation, green energy and education etc."

It is not just Wool Against Weapons who are knitting for a cause. Down Under, the Age has reported how Knitted Knockers Australia have been producing woollen prosthetic breasts for ladies who have had mastectomies. 

The group say they are the only one in the country who make alternatives to silicone implants. 

President of the group Cheryl Webster, herself a survivor of the disease, wears one daily. She said: "They breathe easily and dry easily. They're especially easier to wear during heatwaves because the silicone prosthesis tends to get quite hot.''

Giant scarves and false breasts may be unusual things to knit, but you can happily create a garment of any size using our Knit to Fit guide - even if it is seven miles long. 

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