Unfortunately, it seems that we all know someone who has been effected by breast cancer, being the most common cancer in the UK with more than 130 women diagnosed every day in 2011. Thankfully, knitting is now playing a part in helping women who have undergone a partial or full mastectomy or lumpectomy, improving their confidence and comfort.
Introducing Knitted Knockers UK. The name may make you giggle but the idea is brilliantly inspirational. A group of volunteer knitters and crocheters have been busy crafting lifelike breasts of all sizes using lightweight, sensitive-skin-friend fibres such as cotton to be used as prostheses, which cause less irritation than the generic silicone alternative. The average set of knockers costs around £10 to make but this amazing charity gives them to women who can benefit from them for free. The group has already made over 1000 this year!
After an influx of support from crafters across the country, they will again be accepting applications to volunteer as of mid-September so why not lend your needles to a worthy cause and help out at the same time as practicing your favourite craft!