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What an incredible note from one of our recipients:
"Happy Valentines Day to you all! You made my day terrific. Today in the mail, I received my new knocker. I am ecstatic. Was getting ready for a gig, had my black undergarments for under my costumes and was able to take out the black sock and put in my pretty pink knocker.
I have purchased that double ugly old lady bra for $50, plus the prosthesis for $450. Wore it once for two hours and was just drenched in sweat on "the" side of my body, so next time only for 1 hour, with the same terrible results.
I wish I had known of this fantastic way of getting my "femininity" back in my life. I never would have made the huge depressing purchase of the prosthesis. It was so demoralizing, so heavy and made me know I was "different" from my friends. My knocker, seems-once it is placed there, it stays there and just quietly does it's duty.
You gave me the best Valentine's present that I could have received"💞💞💞💞💞💞
I Am With You i refuse to wear the Heavy Sweaty Prosthetic
Knitted Knokers for World Peace!♥
Yes I am blessed that I heard of these.
My wife is one of the volunteers here in Bellingham. Sizing and getting ready to mail. She is also a double recipient for knockers
She is so so right. Wonderful and so thankful.
I've made knitted knockers for a friend in Italy... but I have asked at the Knitted Knockers web page if anyone has the pattern translated in Italian for Italian knitters... I have had no success. If anyone out there knows someone who could convert the pattern into Italian I would be so greatful. My friend in Italy would like to start a group there... thanks in advance!!
I found out I have a variant of the BRCA1 gene yesterday. I am so glad I had the gene test done. It was suggested I have a Breast Cancer MRI done soon(which my doctor is getting set up), physician breast exams every 6 month, yearly mammograms and possibly yearly Breast MRI’s. I came home and wound some Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima for a Knitted Knockers because I know that many other woman got the same news yesterday and many’s other began their battles yesterday as well. 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer and #earlydetection saves lives. So I knit for the other 1,735,350 new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths that are projected for 2018. #knittersofinstagram #bagsbyawesomegrannie #knittedknockers ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for sharing! If my post gets one person to get a mammogram then it was well worth it.
Sorry about your news. Hope all goes well. I am currently finishing up a pair of knockers. We all have to stick together
Good luck with your health and knitted knockers are great particularly when knitted in soft cotton yarn and stuffed properly to fit you .Please go for all cancer tests as they could save your life and lots of worry and heartache
Prayers for good health and thank you for your knitting skills. I loved my knitted knockers during by breast cancer treatment last year. I finally have the "new girls" as of 2/13/18. Thank you for all you do for all of us.
Thank you for sharing . You are right early detention is the best cure I have been a survivor for 32years now. Keep up the good work. You are in my prayers.
Prayers for a complete recovery for you. I had looked at the knockers when I was deciding whether or not to have reconstruction. I also urge women to go for their yearly mammogram but to also listen to your body and inner voice. Even though I had sonograms after questionable mammograms and told they were ‘stable’ I went for a 2nd opinion and was dignosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Thank God I am now cancer free
Today I mailed out my first pair of crocheted knockers that I made for another survivor. I also adopted a clinic in Pittsburgh to crochet knockers for.
Early detection is so important. I may not be here today had I not found my speedbump by accident.
I received my pair of knockers after my double mastectomy, and now I knit them for others. Love them
Concord Hospital’s Heart Gift Boutique accepts a basket of Knitted Knockers which will be given free to breast cancer survivors.
Concord Hospital just became the conduit for connecting volunteer knitters (and crocheters) with breast cancer survivors who would like to have one or two Knitted Knockers. Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable, handcrafted breast prostheses, made with love by volunteers for women who have had mastectomies and for whom breast reconstruction is perhaps not an immediate option.
Betty Ann Abbott of Gilmanton is a knitter who wanted to help local breast cancer survivors by making some knockers. Having gone to the organization’s website (knittedknockers.org) to find a local provider, and finding none, she asked at the Imaging Center and the Breast Care Center during a recent visit if they were interested in becoming a supplier. There was great enthusiasm expressed! She has now taken on the task of providing the hospital with a supply of Knitted Knockers. They will be offered through the Heart Gift Boutique.
On Friday afternoon, Betty Ann delivered a basket full of Knitted Knockers of various sizes and colors to the gift shop where they will be added to the collection of wigs, headwraps, jewelry and clothing that are attractions for patients and visitors alike.
As for Betty Ann, she needs to find like-minded knitters who can help with the supply chain in NH! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nationally people can register at knittedknockers.org for more information on ways to help.
These are the greatest thing after you have a mastectomy! The breast forms you have to buy are very expensive and heavy. These wash easily and can even be worn with a regular bra. They are terrific with a bathing suit but I suggest using one safety pin to keep it in the cup. Thank you for all you people who do these!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
I plan on making some of these this year.
....just to be clear, I am assuming while these are in the gift shop, they are NOT being sold.
Fantastic products for a good cause
I just finished my first pair and I made them for a friend. It was very special and humbling for me to be able to do this for someone I care about. I just wish I was a faster knitter.
So awesome, thank you!
I discovered these over 8? months ago. It was time for me to get a new prosthesis (400 $). My insurance didn't cover it. 😆 so I had to wear my old one that was ripped at the seams. I actually used bandaids to hold it together. I happened upon knitted knockers and was in heaven.. Anyone l knew that could use these l made them aware. I told ladies at Curves. I donated. I even got a lady to start. Knitting them. I don't have to buy bras with pockets anymore. I applaud the ladies who came up with this concept. THEY ARE FREE!¡!!!!!! I am a 22 yr. SURVIVOR. YAAAY.
I could use a new pair. Love them.
Once I received a set of knitted knockers, I abandoned those monster things that weight 3 lbs. I could have used kk so easily and so much sooner. Breast care patients have all they need with knitted knockers and a loose bra to put them in.
I need to get some for my Mom. Is there anyone local in my area (Vacaville, CA) that makes them that we could pick up somewhere?
LOVE love love/
Mia Butler and Sonia Duarte
Such a wonderful idea. I live in Pittsburgh and have made 5 pairs but not sure what to do with them. I would like to give to the survivors in my area but didnt know how to get the word out. There are no distribution centers here in Pittsburgh. I am a 5 year survivor but was unfortunate and did not need a mastectomy. I am going to make a few more pairs and talk to the cancer center where I received my chemo. Thank you for the great idea.
Where did you get the fliers and tags? I guess I cam make the bags from netting? Please message me. Such a wonderful idea.!
How wonderful. Keep up you fantastic work.
Could someone "official" please confirm that these knitted knockers are not being sold? They should never be in a gift shop. They belong in doctor's offices, clinics, and cancer centers. They are to be given FREE as a gift to the person who has cancer. Anyone who doesn't know that, and is "surprised" that they cannot be sold has completely missed the point. Knitted Knockers, please confirm. Thanks.
These are amazing.
You can get fliers, business cards, all the information from knittedknockers.org. They are wonderful people and will send free pairs to anyone in need of there isn’t a group in your area
Jo in our knitting group makes these.
Brent Thornton, Jill Young Starr, can we get these?
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Instead of costly heavy prosthetics, more breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy are turning to knitted knockers, always donated and showing women how much they’re cared for, even from strangers across the globe. “That caring factor, knowing somebody cared enoug...
I have 5 pairs that I crocheted and need to mail in. Pretty easy to do.
Thanks to all who r doing these! Love mine!
Knitted knockers are one of the best things that ever happened to me! Especially for swimming. I was trying to stuff my one cup with whatever I could find and it never looked right. Just put one of these in your bathing suit, they wash and dry beautifully.
Thanks for all your hard work
Thank you so much 😊
I love love LOVE my knitted knocker! Thank you so much for all that you do! 💙💙💙
Received mine!!! Love them
I have your pattern for magic loop knitted knockers and have been making them for friends. Three so far and now two more to come for a golfing friend who has had a double mastectomy. The first one I made was life changing for the recipient. We live in a hot climate, and soft and cool beats heavy and uncomfortable every time. You started something which is incredibly worthwhile, bless!
KNITTED KNOCKERS FOR WORLD PEACE♥
I love my knitted knocker! It is life changing!
All knitters and crocheters out there: get new patterns. These are easy to make and donate either through the formal organization of to a local breast clinic or surgeon's office.
Many women cannot afford traditional prosthetics and by making and donating them, these women can have a one thing to use to make them feel better.
They are fun and easy and a nice break from the bigger projects you may be knitting.
Love mine ... thank you thank you
received mine today . .thank you ever so much . .I can't wait to look like a woman again!
When I knit knockers, I have trouble determining what size they are when finished. Where did you get that nice sizing chart???
They have it on their site. Look for the patterns and downloads...near the bottom.
Thank you for this! I'd never noticed the nifty sizing chart!
Linda Linda, Linda Chavez, Elisa R. Hernandez. Lisa Jo Chavez, LorLisa Jo Chaveze Lorena Chavez aRae Ann Chavezt "with purpose " and start a small chapter in my community.
Thank you all for the wonderful work you're doing!!
Always good to hear of another group making KK for the women of their state.....I am a small part of Knitted Knockers Roanoke.....sending best wishes to all....
I had been a breast cancer survivor for 16 years. Then it came back and It required a double mastectomy. THANK YOU JESUS they got it all and I'm again cancer free. I got my first pair of knockers last year. They literally changed my life. You can't even feel them. Look so good and natural. At 73 I feel like a million dollars thanks to the kind, caring, dedicated ladies who gave my confidence and appearance back because of their love.
Knitting in Ann Arbor, MI too! FR❤️
Can anyone tell me where to find them in California or someone that will ship to California. I am willing to pay. My aunt loves hers especially in the very hot months.
Indonesia checking in. I'm weeping for joy over these amazing women and what they are doing! Dear Barbara,
Time runs very fast, another year will pass, and it's been so long not to send a letter announcing our activities here.
During the year, a lot of things we have done, although not perfect, suggestions and encouragement we needed so we could learn to improve it
Volunteers: We recorded 220 new volunteers for both personal and group in 17 cities in Indonesia, but not entirely active, mostly crocheters (on certain occasions we held workshops to teach knockers crochet and knitting, and the results were good enough so they can be more productive sending knockers to us).
We also put a lot of efforts to synchronize our Vision and Mission of Knitted Knockers Indonesia to them, not an easy job, considering Indonesia has different languages, culture and religion. Hopefully, in the future this is no longer a significant obstacle.
Knockers Distribution: Until end of this year, we’ve sent l600 knockers to 41 cities throughout Indonesia, many more breast cancer survivors who do not know our whereabouts, possibly because of untouched by social media, or they are less understood technology so difficult to contact us via email. By early next year, we will have our own website and special app that can be accessed via mobile phone, so they can be more easily reach us.
This year our knockers are distributed by sending to each requesting address, distributing directly when we are hosting exhibitions, or visiting and distributing directly to breast cancer communities who ask collectively for their members.
Slowly we have also started working with related institutions such as hospitals, government, doctors, and Breast Cancer Communities, for now not too many, but will definitely continue to build up more relationship with others.
Donors: In this moment, we do not have many donors to support all our activities; sometimes we try to sell some merchandise that we create so that it can continue to support this activity running. This, we do only at special event.
We also have a partnership with a yarn shop, they are happy to donate 25% from yarn Sales (Nako Solare yarn only) to us, and this is quite helpful. Currently, we are still using two types of yarn only, because it is difficult to get good quality imported yarns, as you have referred, besides the price is quite expensive. But the yarns we use today are good quality. Next year we plan to add some more types of yarn if possible.
Socialization: We keep socializing the use of knockers, because for people in Indonesia, even doctors and government agencies have not known it at all. This year we exercise socialization activities through health seminar, local TV program, and Internet.
Dear Barbara, we are happy to be able to share stories with you about our whereabouts here, and we are really grateful for your inspiration so that those women of breast cancer survivor in Indonesia are able to use knockers now.
Any problem we face here is not an obstacle, but it is a challenge that encourages us to work harder. When we can share with others, and make them confident and smile again, it's been bliss of its own.
It's late already, I am sorry if my English writing is not good, hope you are always in good health. Merry Christmas & God bless.
Please find attached photos of our activities this year.