The Far North Loop of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas are a Nannocracy of Nannas, deeply committed to non-violent direct action to raise awareness of the impacts of invasive coal seam gas (CSG) on our food, water, air, human health and way of life. We offer support to communities being impacted by CSG mining exploration and extraction and give voice to concerns raised by the community.
You don’t have to be a biological nanna to join (poppies are welcome too) and you don’t even have to know how to knit, because membership comes with free knitting lessons.
Knitting Nannas Against Gas was established in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, Australia, in June 2012, in response to a growing awareness of CSG exploration and mining of our prime agricultural land.
KNAG draws on a broad history of knitting used as a tool for non-violent political activism. We view our knitting skills as less important than the act of bearing witness while we knit. We usually knit in yellow and black to identify with ‘Lock the Gate’ triangles that are mounted at the entrance to many properties. Our knitting choices range between functional items for sale such as beanies, tea cosies and toys, to more symbolic objects. These include triangles in many sizes that echo ‘Lock the Gate’ versions, long lengths of knitting which are thrown across gates and roads in imminent danger of invasion by drill rigs, cushions for protectors who may be uncomfortably immobilized for long periods of time when ‘locked on’ and chainsleeves to prevent lock-on blisters.