this quite intensely pink fabric is my contribution to the pink peace scarf (www.woolagainstweapons.co.uk): a 7 mile long pink scarf to stretch between atomic weapons establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield.
i finished it this week and the past few months of knitting it challenged me to think about pink a bit differently but also about how to raise awareness and how to raise my voice against the renewal of Trident nuclear warhead system (which will not only continue spreading a militarised culture of enemy-thinking and -making but also cost UK taxpayers over £80 billion). i think protest is vital and i think it’s important to remember that there are many different ways of protesting including ‘fluffy actions’ that don’t involve getting arrested (as opposed to ‘spiky’ ones). so surely there’s a way of protesting for everyone – and mine would ideally always include elements of fun, humour and colour. so as i was knitting away i imagined this bright pink scarf in the middle of peaceful-looking British landscape.
i had a great conversation with one of our long-standing CND members who’s been actively involved in the peace movement for over 50 years. i asked her what keeps her going and she was very clear that it’s her convictions and “meeting other people who’s conviction sustains mine”. so for those of us that need some sustenance, check these photos: http://www.woolagainstweapons.co.uk/?page_id=93 and hopefully enjoy mine!