Friday, 13 June 2014

Cottoning On!

A while ago I followed a link on twitter and came across a project I thought I would share....
Knitted Knockers UK
provide 100% soft cotton breast prostheses, knitted or crocheted by volunteers, free of charge to all women who request them.
They weigh a fraction of the silicone prostheses, and are more comfortable .


As I know a few ladies who have had mastectomy operations, I'm going to have a go at hooking  a knocker and passing it onto the organisation, where it may be used either by an individual or may be sent to a hospital as a sample.
I have tried out the pattern in acrylic and am waiting to splash out on some soft cotton to hook the real thing!
The knitting and crochet patterns, are easily accessible on the website and on the facebook group page, where you can also find a list of the 100% cotton yarns recommended for use.
The facebook group is a very friendly, active and supportive community....any question can be asked!
There is also a pattern for flowers that some knocker makers are using for publicity or fundraising...

 
The photos in this post are examples of these!
As I'm finding that particular area of the knocker pattern most challenging (counting, as you know is not my forte!)  I have tried  a couple, just to practise the technique.


 Knockering may be a way to use up some of your 100% cotton stash 
(cotton not on the recommended list, that may be a little less soft, can be used for the fronts!)
I know some of you are speedy stitchers and great at following patterns!

Alternatively the organisation might be something you may be able to publicise, at work, a local hospital or pass on information to friends....
there are flyers and information sheets available on the facebook group page.


Whilst waiting for my new cotton I have been  reacquainted with my existing cotton stash ....
expect some cottony posts in the near future!

8 comments:

crazydazy said...

Ali, a very worthwhile project.

Jacqui Galloway said...

What a great cause and hope your post highlights this organisation and gets more people interested in making the knockers. May even have a go myself!
Jacqui xx

zedster66 said...

That's a really interesting project!

linda said...

Thats a great cause Ali, we knit and crochet knitted breasts at Loving Hands too to be used as learning aids for midwives to teach breast feeding. The patterns don't look too difficult I'm sure you will manage ok. I wish I had more time I would certainly join too, I might anyway, looking forward to seeing your knockers haha:)

Melatia said...

Interesting and worthwhile indeed! That's a great idea, and it's very sweet of you to do this!

Amy at love made my home said...

This is such a fantastic and amazing idea, and definitely worthy of your crafting skills. I am very sure that any pieces that you are able to create will be very gratefully received and appreciated. xx

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Angela said...

a worthwile cause Ali, can't wait to see more