Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought that I would highlight an organization that you may not know existed. Knitted Knockers Support Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) located in Bellingham, Washington. They are 100% run by volunteers, so if you aren’t a knitter but would like to somehow support them, you can do so here.
What is a Knitted Knocker? They are either knit or crochet breast prosthesis for women who have had mastectomies or other procedures to their breast. Compared to expensive, heavy and uncomfortable prosthesis that also require a special bra, these are lightweight, breathable and best of all cost the recipient absolutely NOTHING!
These are FREE to anyone who is in need of one. If you know of someone that could use them, direct them to this link. These are shipped worldwide. How cool is that? You can not only make a difference locally, but also around the world when you make these. They are quite the conversation starter too when someone asks what you are making.
For those of you that can knit or crochet, here are the links to the patterns which also include very specific instructions on yarn brands and what size needles/hooks to use to make them. Barbara Demorest is the founder of Knitted Knockers. Her story is one you need to watch. She can’t stress enough how important it is to use the approved yarn because they are worn against scarred and sensitive skin. They have tried all kinds of yarn and deem these to be the best. While I love using Hobby Lobby’s I Love this Cotton, it is not on their approved list. You don’t want to invest time andmoney on something they can’t use. Here is a list of FAQ's.
Don’t let knitting in the round with double pointed needles scare you. If you have never tried, it really isn’t as intimidating as it looks. There is a learning curve for making them, but once you figure it out, it is an easy and small project that you can bring with you wherever you go. Learn from me and don’t be afraid to try. They DO NOT need to be perfect. Remember, this is something you are lovingly making to bring comfort and dignity to women who are struggling with their surgery and diagnosis.
For anyone that lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, I plan on collecting them and bringing them to Cynthia’s Corner located in Gainesville. This group distributes the Knitted Knockers to North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. They have a Tuesday morning or Sunday knitting group that can help you with these. Tuesday it is from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and Sunday they meet from 2:00-4:00 p.m. She also stocks many of the approved yarns.
If you are mailing directly to them, to save on postage, you do not need to stuff them. Where you send them will do that for you. Check the directory that lists stores and individuals where you can either meet and work on your project or serves as a drop off point. Of Course, you can always register a new group to make or distribute these as well. Make sure you like Knitted Knockers Facebook page too! I encourage you to tweet, post on Facebook or Instagram your photos using the #knitpraiselove and #knittedknockers hashtags. I plan on praying my monthly memory verse over the ones that I make.