For some, the initiative to knit is not to make a scarf, or a sweater, or an afghan blanket. Some fiber artists believe the act of knitting should be utilized as a representation of peace, social justice, and a movement to stop war.
CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement, emerged out of the desire of a group of American women to stop the war in Iraq. CODEPINK played on the former Bush Administration’s color-coded homeland security alerts that signal terrorist threats.
On Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-10, 2009 in DC, CODEPINK activists knitted squares for a giant, 150-foot long White House “Cozy.” About 100 women from around the world contributed to the “cozy,” which read in green letters with a pink outline, “We will not raise our children to kill another mother’s child!”
The completed “cozy” consisted of around 5,000 squares, and was then strung across the White House fence. Children then stitched together 10″ by 10″ linen squares decorated by Iraqi children in refugee camps in Jordan.
To read more about CODEPINK projects visit the CODEPINK website.