I’m sharing my experience to encourage others to knit knockers.
Today I Took my Knockers to the Hospital
What is a Knitted Knocker?
“Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. ” (Knitted Knockers website)
How I Got Hooked
A couple months ago I happened upon a site about knitted knockers. Being a ten year breast cancer survivor, it tugged at my heart. I ordered cotton on-line and began knitting knockers during the evening news.
It takes four needles to make these breasts!
I swore like a logger through the first one, and tore it out three time. I’m not an expert knitter and I kept making mistakes, but once I got used to the pattern, the knockers flew off my needles.
When I reached a dozen I knew I had to do something about them. I couldn’t exactly keep a stash under my bed.
I could take them to a drop-off place, but the closest ones are a long way away (Vancouver or Victoria). I could also mail them to the Knitted Knockers association.
Now that I had completed them, I didn’t feel comfortable with either option. I had grown attached to my knitted knockers and wanted to make sure they found their way into the hands of local women who would use them. I held my breath and contacted the local hospital (Nanaimo Regional General Hospital)
Much to my amazement, they were thrilled to receive my email .
I Needed to Make it Personal
Having been through a struggle with breast cancer I know how connections to other caring people help you heal. I read in one book that many women become psychologically frozen for up to a year after a mastectomy. That sounds about right to me.
So, I wanted to write a note to each of the women who would receive one of my knockers. I wasn’t sure what to say. Breasts are very personal. Cancer is very personal. Yada yada … And yet I wanted to make a connection.
Do I tell her my story? Do I tell her that there’s still a lot of her life left to live? I’m not a doctor. I can’t say that. I don’t know her situation.
What can I say that might make her day a little brighter?
This is what I came up with:
A Knitted Knocker Just for You
Your knocker is knit with 100% cotton and love. The stuffing is a high-quality polyester fill and it is machine washable.
Traditional breast prosthetics are typically expensive, heavy and uncomfortable. I hope you find this one easy to wear. I made it just for you.
~ for more information on knitted knockers go to: https://www.knittedknockers.org/
On a separate piece of paper I wrote a note about sizing:
Knitted Knockers – Fitting Instructions
The cotton thread has not been tied off in the back of your knocker, so that you can add or subtract stuffing to make it as comfortable as possible for you. It has been knit as a size B cup, as that is the most commonly requested size.
If you need a bigger or smaller size, contact Knitted Knockers of Canada and order what you need (http://knittedknockerscanada.com/request-knocker.html. It will still be free.
Remember, you’re not alone on this journey.
Is it Expensive?
Knitted Knockers are free.
Are they expensive to make? No.
A skein of cotton costs about $6.00 Cdn on-line and shipping is free if you buy over $35.00 worth of yarn. One skein knits 4 size B knockers. The fill is inexpensive. I purchased the gift bags in the dollar store.
I estimate my total cost for a single knocker with a tote bag to be less than three dollars, less than one latte.
Compare that to my prosthesis and bra to hold it, which cost me $429.00 Cdn ten years ago. Luckily my costs then were mostly covered by an extended Medical plan, but many women don’t have such insurance.
And lets add to the discussion of price, the value of having something made by hand by someone who cares.
Knitted knockers rock!
If you would like to knit or crochet knockers, check out the website, https://www.knittedknockers.org/. It has free patterns, You Tube videos and lots of information.