Knitters encouraging guerrilla wool-fare

Knitters encouraging guerrilla wool-fare

Knitters are now letting the world know they won't take things lying down and are using their craft in the name of peace.

Jaine Rose is just one knittivist entering the battlefield with her wool in one hand and needles in the other. The Stroud mum has started Wool Against Weapons and is appealing for people across the country to get knitting to help her complete a seven-mile-long scarf.

This is part of a project she has named guerrilla wool-fare and once completed the scarf will be stretched between atomic weapons factories in Aldermaston and Burghfield.

It is hoped the knitted wonder will be completed by August 2014 and will help to put pressure on the government to rethink its plan to spend more than £80 billion on renewing the Trident nuclear weapons programme in 2016.

Ms Rose said: "I am very excited to be linking up thousands of knitters in a fun protest to send a clear message to our government that we want to challenge militarism and redirect resources in to health care, education, environment and positive change."

Hundreds of knitters have already contributed to the project but much more is needed. Ms Rose claims she requires 11,000 pieces of knitting, measuring 60 centimetres by one metre each, to complete the scarf.

"It means for every knitter who gets involved there is going to be a conversation and a question about what our government is doing," Ms Rose stressed.

The mother of two isn't the first person to use wool to make a push for peace either, with the Tikkun Tree Project continuing its work to bring about a cessation of hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians.

Since 2007, the scheme has been encouraging knitters to contribute to the 'peace tree', which will cover a candle-lit vigil on completion.

Currently, three-dimensional leaves are currently the most in need, as the free-standing structure is already in place.

While better suited to more experienced knitters, everyone is encouraged to pick up their needles and give it a go.

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