In March of 2016, Silk Road Textiles agreed to host a Knitted Knockers Donation project here in Cincinnati. The project’s goal is to supply the Good Samaritan Hospital Breast Center and the UC Barrett Center with “Knitted Knockers.” Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures. They are a lighter, softer, and less expensive alternative to traditional breast prostheses. Knockers made at SRT supports local needs and are free to any patient who wants one.
So far 104 knockers have been donated at Silk Road Textiles for our Cincinnati collection. Ruth Barry, Co-Chair and Volunteer Extraordinaire, dropped off the start-up Knocker Kits to both Breast Centers in October to huge “thank yous” and lots of enthusiasm. Now that the centers have the initial supply of knockers, we are responsible to keep each location stocked with a minimum of 4 knockers of each size, A-E cup.
We have invited knitters and crocheters from all over the city to help us meet the need for new knockers on a regular basis. We ask that you continue to knit or crochet knockers as you see fit. Remember, when you drop off a pair of knockers we give you 10% off your next knocker yarn purchase.
Knit and crochet patterns are available through Knitted Knockers by clicking here. Whether you make your knockers at the shop or drop them off after making them at home, please include a note with the size of the knockers. Also, don’t forget to leave the back open about the size of a quarter and leave a 6 inch tail, as shown in the picture to the right. This allows the recipient to adjust the stuffing as needed.
THANK YOU again for making a real difference to women everywhere!
Save the date for our next Knit-a-long/Crochet-a-long on Monday, February 13, 2017, which will feature both Knitted Knockers and Chemo Caps. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date!
We hope you are ready to create with us! Listed below, we have a number of beautiful yarns to choose from that will work up into serviceable, comfortable knockers.
|Cairns (worsted)||60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic||100 grams||190 yards||$12.50/skein|
|Ultra Pima (worsted)||100% Pima Cotton||100 grams||220 yards||$10.00/skein|
|Cana Ruca (sport)||100% Sugar Cane Viscose||100 grams||319 yards||$14.50/skein|
|Crofter Snuggly (DK)||55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic||50 grams||179 yards||$6.50/skein|
|Feza Baby Handpainted (DK)||50% Bamboo Viscose, 50% Cotton||100 grams||240 yards||$8.25/skein|
|Seedling (worsted)||100% Organic Cotton||50 grams||110 yards||$8.25/skein|
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