Knitting Knockers (aka Breasts)
Knitted Prosthetic Breast
Last night I attended my local knitting guild meeting. What a wonderful group of women. As a group we knit for various charities and causes. And I am currently serving as a co-chair for altruistic projects and organizations. Over the years we have knitted all kinds of things from blankets to helmet liners. But last night’s program got my attention, it was listed in the agenda as Knitted Knockers. Okay, you got my attention, and attendance.
What are Knitted Knockers? Knitted Knockers are breast prosthesis that have been knitted for cancer patients and survivors.
Is this a gimmick, or what kind of need is there really ? Yes, there really, truly is a need for these knitted breast prosthesis. While there are medically manufactured prosthesis, what was told to us last night is that these medical breast prosthesis are usually uncomfortable, heavy, hot, and can irritate sensitive tender skin. Just one silicone prosthetic breast costs between $300 and $500. Without health insurance, they are out of the reach of most breast cancer survivors. Even those with insurance can be limited to a new prosthetic breast every two years, or even longer.
Hand knit breasts are preferred, and in great need When placed in a bra, these knitted breasts take the shape and feel of a real breast. They are lighter and more comfortable than silicone prosthetic breasts. The knitted fabric breathes and prevents the heat rash experienced by many women wearing the silicone ones. Knitted breast can be knit from any soft, washable yarn. Yes, even wool. Good soft wool breathes, whisks moisture away, and is comfortable. Soft cottons are also greatly prized. You basically want to stay in the natural fiber section of yarns for your breast knitting. 100% acrylic yarns are not favored for breasts because acrylic is HOT, and can irritate sensitive healing tissue, please do not use this kind of yarn for a breast. Also a small tag should be attached so that the recipient knows what kind of fiber has been used, and how to care for her new breast.
With a knitted breast, you can have a different one for every day of the week. Perhaps add a little embroidery for that tattoo you always wanted.
Knit a Knocker to donate. They are very quick. I just made my first one in under 2.5 hours. And that was while I was catching up on my TV series recordings. Patterns for knockers, Tit-Bits, and Knitted Breasts can be found all over the internet. www.Ravelry.com is a great place to start. The original pattern that is most widely used is by Beryl Tsang, and can be found at ww.knitty.com. The guest at our meeting coordinates with two local cancer treatment centers and says that she is always in need of breasts. She really likes to give two to women so that they have one to wear, and one for the wash. I'm sure that if you look on-line you can find a local group that is knitting and collecting knockers. If not, please send me an e-mail, Cactus Needles Knitting Guild (my group) would love to accept them and I can send you information on how to get your donation to us.
Who knew that something so simple to make could mean so much to someone?
Do you have a need?
If you have a need for one, or a pair and do not know someone who is willing to knit for you, please feel free to contact me. I will knit you a pair of knockers in your size needed. All I ask in return is that you cover the cost of the yarn and a little bit of my time and the cost of postage. Due to the increase of yarn prices, yarn is running about $12 per pair. And they take me about 4 and a half hours to knit a set, so I have needed to make the cost of a pair $30. After you contact me, I will send you my paypal information.
I have not written this page to make any kind of profit. I am a firm believer in the power of women helping women, and the pay it forward theory. When people share love, kindness, and talents...amazing good can be done.