Island Breast Friends knitted knockers project a success.
Island Breast Friends sponsoring knitted knockers project
The Island Breast Friends issued a call for knitters and the public responded.
Joan Chiasson-MacDonald said the response was amazing after a story about knitted knockers was published in the Cape Breton Post.
“We started getting lots of calls from people wanting to make them and people who thought it was a great idea and were looking to get some.”
Island Breast Friends was organized in 2002 and focuses on raising money for breast cancer survivors.
The knitters are making prostheses using baby yarn for women who have undergone mastectomies or other breast procedures.
Chiasson-MacDonald said one of the first calls came from Helen Horne in Mira.
“She called me … and asked if I’d send her a copy of the pattern,” she said. “Within a week she made 24 of them. We appreciate it if someone will even make one for us but the fact she took it upon herself to make 24 is awesome.”
Chiasson-MacDonald said a woman in her 80s from Newfoundland who had a mastectomy called looking for some and they were mailed to her.
“She is a widow and alone and it’s sad, it sounded like she wasn’t getting much support.”
She said the knitted knockers have gained quite a bit of attention from the public.
“We really want to thank everyone who has made some or who is currently making some.”
The knitted knockers project idea came from Island Breast Friends member Heather McNeil of New Victoria, whose cousin was recovering from breast cancer and had just gotten a prosthesis that was heavy and hot. McNeil went online and found a pattern for the knitted knockers.
McNeil said she has been hearing amazing stories.
“Some of the emotional stories of people who couldn’t go out as they didn’t feel comfortable and if this worked it was going to be something they’d be so happy about.”
She said they have also received monetary donations as well as donations of yarn.
“I went to one house and got two big buckets of yarn. Some of it was great for the knockers and the rest we can use for making scarves to put in our comfort baskets. The support we have gotten is extraordinary.”
She said they have also heard from various library knitting groups whose members want to learn how to make knitted knockers.
The Island Breast Friends also make comfort baskets filled with items for people battling breast cancer and add a note asking the recipient if they’d like knitted knockers to let them know.
Joan Chiasson-MacDonald of New Waterford, a member of the Island Breast Friends, shows knitted knockers which are distributed to breast cancer survivors. Chiasson-MacDonald said an appeal for knitters to make the knockers was a success.