National Breast Cancer Awareness month may be over but that does not mean we should stop the discussion. There is an international campaign including thousands of wonderful organizations committed to highlighting the importance of breast cancer awareness, education, and research. One organization that I have always admired in KnittedKnockers.org.
“Knitted knockers”are an alternative for breast cancer survivors who have had mastectomies or lumpectomies with radiation. Knitted knockers are a soft, comfortable, light alternative to traditional breast prosthesis. They can be worn with most regular bras and can be worn shortly after surgery. They are made by volunteers, and are adjustable for those going through reconstruction. The purpose of KnittedKnockers.org is to connect volunteer knitters with breast cancer survivors to offer FREE knitted knockers.
Two years ago I met Barbara Demorest, the founder of the organization, at the TNNA Show. We got to talking and I invited her to visit our Yarn Studio if she were ever in the NYC area. I was thrilled when she took me up on my offer! I gave her a tour of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and we stopped by our Design department where our team showed Barb a new yarn that would eventually be called Coboo. We discussed what typeof yarn works best for the knitted prosthesis (soft, non-wool, washable) and decided Coboo fit the bill perfectly.
Fast forward a couple of years and we are starting to get the newly labeled Coboo yarn marked with the KnittedKnockers.org seal of approval. It’s both exciting and moving to have even a small part in such a special cause. I hope we can raise awareness as well as improve the lives of these strong survivors.
If you would like to become more involved, the Knitted Knocker website has tons of resources on everything from how to make a knitted knocker to where to donate them. (https://www.knittedknockers.org/)