My Sister Knits is reaching out to good-hearted knitters and crocheters! We know you will jump at the chance to make a huge difference in someone’s life. There is an immediate need in Northern Colorado for Knitted Knockers ; soft, comfortable knit or crocheted prosthetics for breast cancer survivors.
Recently, Style magazine, the Coloradoan, and the UC Health newsletter have published articles bringing attention to these lovely soft, handmade prosthetics. Until last Friday, our local chapter of Knitted Knockers was receiving 5 – 8 requests a week. Since then, due to the much appreciated publicity, they have received 78 requests and counting! There are many, many women who need these and there aren’t enough Knitted Knockers to fulfill the requests.
We know that knitters and crocheters will join together to fill this immediate need and then help to keep up the supply.
Here’s what you do: 1. get some approved yarn (we have it in the shop for $5 and we can ship it to you if you can’t come in) 2. we’ll provide you with the pattern or you can download a free one here 3. make a pair in just a few evenings 4. return them to the shop. C and D sizes are desperately needed as quickly as you can make them right now!
It’s extremely important to only use approved yarn because otherwise they can’t be used and that would be a shame.
Starting in April, My Sister Knits is going to have Knitted Knockers making sessions the last Wednesday of every month at Tasty Harmony from 4 – 7 and everyone is welcome! Making these in the company of others will add an extra dimension of camaraderie and friendship to the project. However, don’t think you need to wait until the end of April as these are needed as quickly as possible.
If you want help, come to our free Fearless Knitting help sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays from noon until 1pm. We are happy to help at any other time, however, the help sessions are when you’ll get one-on-one guidance with no distractions. We also are happy to help at the Tasty Harmony making sessions.
Deanna Scott, Knitted Knockers Program Coordinator for UC Health, received a grant from WISH to start the program locally. The grant covers the cost of packaging and mailing the prosthetics. These are given free of charge to anyone in Northern Colorado who wants them. There are samples in all oncology offices, radiation rooms, the infusion center, everywhere cancer patients would be. They are made of soft cotton yarn and filled with silk fiber that is non-allergenic, durable and washable.
Jenny is going to start a pair of D cups on Friday and have them back to the shop by Wednesday. She’s making them in honor of her sister who is currently undergoing chemo. Let’s see how many Cs and Ds we can get back to the shop by Friday, April 21 so they can go to recipients who are on the wait list!
For more information, contact Deanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or My Sister Knits at 970.407.1461.