Help the Knitted Knockers Support Foundation
After breast surgery, prosthetics can be uncomfortable and heavy. Thanks to the ingenuity of knitters, and fellow cancer survivors, Knitted Knockers are finding their way around the world to women who need them. Read on to find out more from Barbara Demorest…
When Barbara Demorest lost a breast to cancer surgery, she was unable to wear a traditional prosthetic. Her doctor suggested that she try a Knitted Knocker, and thanks to a friend who knitted one for her, she was once again able to wear the clothes she wanted to wear and feel more confident and positive! So impressed was she, by the lightness and comfort of a knitted knocker, that she wanted to help spread the word! She formed the Knitted Knockers Support Foundation, aka KnittedKnockers.org, and the rest is history.
The original “Knitted Knocker” name came from a young woman who lived in Maine – and when Barbara contacted her to ask if she could help spread the word, she happily gave Barbara permission to use the name and carry on the good work.
After a mastectomy or other breast surgery, some women prefer to wear a prosthetic breast – but traditional prosthetics are often far from comfortable! They can be heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable – where as “Knitted Knockers” are soft, comfortable and beautiful when popped into a bra, and take on the shape of a real breast – it’s no wonder that so many women prefer them!
Knitted Knockers are knitted (and crocheted) from soft, non-wool, washable yarn and filled with PolyFiberFil, and they’re all knitted by volunteers. 100% cotton yarn can be used too, upon request. They’re adaptable – so you can rearrange the filling to suit your shape, so the knockers can be used not just as whole breast replacements but also for ladies who have had lumpectomies and need to customise the shape.
“Together, we can in a simple, loving way, bring a smile to women at a low point in their life.”
KnittedKnockers.org is represented in nine countries across the world, and they ship knockers to every country in the world. Their fabulous patterns have been downloaded over 120,000 times, and have been adapted for double pointed needles, straight needles, magic loop method, loom knit and crochet! (Download them here) Their videos have been viewed over 115,000 times and they have close to 200 registered groups providing knitted knockers with the international groups are growing all the time. It is a non-profit organisation run completely by volunteers and donations, and every month, the postage alone costs over $1,000 per month! They are sending out 1,000 knockers per month from orders on knittedknockers.org not counting those provided by local groups. They are partnered with medical clinics to provide free knitted knockers from their facilities. Local knitted knocker groups “adopt” these clinics to provide them with knockers from their own communities and they are provided with print materials, brochures, care instructions, etc. from the organisation.
A gift from one woman to another…
Knitted knockers are FREE to anyone who requests them, which is why fundraising is so important to keep this service going! There is a lot you can do to help!
This year, at Stitches West 2016, KnittedKnockers.org has a booth (#1235), and they are hoping to collect 1,000 knitted knockers by the end of the show on the 21 Feb! 100 of those collected in dark colors will be sent to the women of East Africa to help start a Rwanda Knitted Knockers project!
There will be knitting demonstrations at the booth on Friday and Saturday afternoons on how to make great knitted knockers, and on Friday night, at the PJ party, the team will be stuffing 1,000 knockers whilst wearing their pyjamas!
Designer Knocker Auction
On Friday 19th February, a designer knocker auction kicks off and runs for 10 days on eBay! Some of your favorite designers have designed and knitted knockers for auction, and all proceeds will go to the Knitted Knockers Support Foundation to help with the cost of providing free knitted knockers. Look out for knockers designed by:
- Nicky Epstein
- Kyle Kunnecke
- Terri Rosenthal
- Betsy Hershberg
- Marly Bird
- Franklin Habit
- Anne Tarshia
Enter the raffle
Alongside the booth at Stitches West, KnittedKnockers.org, there’ll be a raffle, and for a $10 you will have the chance to win a full package deal to any Stitches event over the next two years! A prize worth $2,000! You can enter online, as many times as you like! Follow this link to the KnittedKnockers Raffle!
Become a volunteer
Why not knit knockers for KnittedKnockers.org, or create a group of volunteers! It’s great fun and there’s lots of support for you in the form of videos, pattern downloads and resources – or find a group near you and join in.
There are patterns in English and French, a list of US groups a link to information about international groups too. Fundraise wherever and whenever you can – this is a charity that needs your help.
Websites for KnittedKnockers.org around the world:
Canada – www.knittedknockerscanada.com
Australia – www.knittedknockersaustralia.com
South Africa – www.knittedknockers.co.za
There are groups all over the world! Check the KnittedKnockers.org site for more details!
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Last updated: July 4th, 2016.