Friday, 29 January 2016

Knitted Knockers

I first heard of Knitted Knockers a few months ago. This is a charity I really felt able to contribute to, by giving my time and using my skills in a practical way, to help ladies who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy. With my mother, my best friend and her sister having had to deal with breast cancer, this is a cause that is close to my own heart.

Knitted Knockers are prosthetic breasts knitted (or crocheted) from soft cotton and filled with light polyester. Knitted Knockers UK is a charity that supplies these knockers free of charge to ladies who request them. The knockers are made to order by approved volunteer knitters with yarn and filling supplied by the charity. In 2015 BBC Get Creative reported on how Knitted Knockers UK won the People's Choice Epic Award.

I became involved via the UK Hand Knitting's 'Commit to Knit' campaign for National Knitting Week. I applied to become an approver Knocker Knitter, or Knockerette as they call themselves, via the Knitted Knockers UK Applications Board on Facebook. I had to to knit some samples for approval and I am pleased to report that my work was deemed to be of the right standard and so I am now an approved knocker knitter and recently fulfilled my first order.

sample of knocker submitted for approval

Monday, 18 January 2016

Millie's Cardigan

A friend asked me to make up this little cardigan for her great-niece who is 4. The finishing touch are the stripy buttons that I found at Sew n Sew in Bath's Guildhall Market. I think it's rather cute. I had a bit of yarn left over so I made a matching hat with pom-pom.