October 8, 2008

Do You Knit?

I am a little late in posting about Breast Cancer Awareness Month but as a woman I find the cause to be so very important!

I recently discovered a group that is committed to knitting prosthetic breasts for women undergoing mastectomies.

The group is appropriately called "Knitted Knockers".

Their story.

The pattern:

American Girl in Italy
Lactation Consultants of Great Britain

"Start a knitted knocker group in your area

Our goal is to see knitted knocker groups across the country and around the world. While we try to provide a knitted breast to every survivor who contacts us, it is difficult to keep up with the need. By establishing local groups in as many locations as possible, we will not only be better positioned to aid mastectomy patients, we will also spread the word to survivors, oncology units, and other medical professionals, that a free and comfortable alternative is available.

Where to begin:

First, knit a knocker.

Then, contact the local hospital, oncology unit, women's health center, or your local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Find out who serves as the liaison for breast cancer patients. Describe the knitted breasts and the tremendous impact they have already had. Feel free to refer them to our website and story and bring in the breast you have knit to show them exactly what it looks like.

Find other knitters to join you. Perhaps declare a knitting knocker day sometime in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

If you want to just knit the knockers, we will gladly accept them. Please mail them to:

The Knitting Experience Café

PO Box 627

Brunswick, ME 04011

Once we have more groups going, we will list their locations and donation addresses so that knitters may donate locally. "


painted maypole said...

wow, that's really cool! thanks for sharing!

Nikowa Lee {Quirky Mom} said...

This is awesome! I've never heard of this!

Thanks for sharing...my knitting skills consist of scarves, though :(

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Wow, what a great idea! This is so funny, becasue I've just picked up knitting again recently, and I'm headed to my local knitting shop today after work. I'm going to mention this idea to the ladies at the shop....

Vixen said...

What a great idea and cause. And, yet another reason why I need to learn knitting (I crochet). I do know a bunch of knitters on ravelry though, so I will tell them about this!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

This is so cool. I don't knit. I do crochet. I wonder if I could make it crochet style? Glad you posted this.

Jennifer said...

I don't knit but this is very cool! What a great organization. I have had/have several friends with breast cancer and all of the support they can get is so wonderful. Thanks for spreading the word!

the dragonfly said...

That's a neat idea! It's beyond my knitting abilities...but a great organization. :)