At which point you ask, “what on earth is a knitted knocker?!” And wonder whether I have completely lost the plot!
A Knitted Knocker is a breast prosthesis, knitted by volunteers, with 100% cotton yarn and filled with non-allergenic stuffing. And provided FREE to anyone who needs one.
There, that’s the technical bit out of the way!
How much do your boobs weigh?
A question that many a woman, particularly those more blessed than I, has probably given some thought to.
But what happens when one, or both, of those boobs has to be removed?
A single or double mastectomy is becoming a more common aspect of our lives. As cancer treatment improves we are left with a new set of issues for the survivors.
After a mastectomy there is a conversation to be had regarding reconstruction – to do or not to do.
But even if you go ahead with reconstruction there will often be a period where you are without one, or both boobs.
At this point some super helpful nurse, doctor or pharmacist may present you with one of these:
That’s a silicone breast prosthesis. There are gel ones and other types as well. But they have a few things in common:
- They get stuck to the skin (and make an oddly rude sound when they unstick!)
- Not useable when swimming
- a LOT of different shapes so it might take you ages to find one so you have a matching set again.
Or, thanks to a fabulous bunch of ladies across Spain and here on the Costa del Sol, you can try a Knitted Knocker.
- They’re light
- They’re 100% cotton so just as comfy when you get hot and sweaty (well as comfy as anyone in a bra ever is!)
- They’re machine washable
- You adjust them so they are the right shape and size for a matched set
- There’s a swimming / beach option
- They’re FREE
And personally I think they are bloody marvellous!
What can I do?
That’s a fantastic question!
- Download a pattern – if you can knit or crochet get going! The organisation here on the Costa del Sol will provide you with yarn and stuffing.
- Tell everybody you know about them! Tell your friends about these wonderful FREE prosthesis.
- Donate – the knitters donate their time but the yarn and shipping all need to be paid for. Knitted Knockers is a registered charity here in Spain and you can donate online at their website. Or leave a few euros with us at the Clinic – we’re sorting out a collection point.
I want one!
It is super easy – use the contact form on their website.
Remember to tell us:
- Cup size of your bra
- Preferred colour/s (White/ neutral/ soft colour/ dark/ black)
- Standard or aqua (swimming) knocker
- Number required (we usually send two knockers as standard but, if you have had a double mastectomy, we will send four)
- Any other instructions or requests you may have
I have a sample Knitted Knocker at the clinic, so if you want to see what one looks like “in the flesh” then pop by and have a squeeze!
Or contact the lovely Maria Bailey with any and all questions you may have. There are no such things as silly questions at Knitted Knockers!