Recently I heard from Chuck Wilmesher of Skacel Yarns, about an exciting fund-raiser for the non-profit organization, Knitted Knockers.
Chuck met Barb Demorest about 6 months ago, and was immediately captivated by her amazing energy and heartfelt story. She is a breast cancer survivor whose life was changed when her dear friend knitted her a breast prosthetic after her mastectomy. Since that time, Barb has made it her life’s mission to send Knitted Knockers to all women who request them. Barb formed a non-profit organization that promotes the use, making, and delivery of these light weight breast replacements to women who have had mastectomies in
Running this organization takes a lot of volunteer knitters to make the knockers, and it also takes a lot of money to ship the knockers to their recipients. (There is no cost to the recipient whatsoever.) XRX/Stitches has graciously agreed to allow the display and auction of knockers made by teachers of Stitches West – at this February’s Stitches West. These will not actually be “worn,” but these will be displayed and auctioned off to raise awareness of the organization and to raise funds for them. Chuck sent me the basic knocker pattern with assorted yarn so that I could make mine with Annetarsia ITR (in-the-round). I couldn’t stop with one or two, because I wanted to try different color combinations. So I knit until I ran out of yarn, and it was a lot of fun.
Barb will have a booth at Stitches West, and she will be speaking at the Student Banquet on Saturday evening. The latest word is that Skacel will be auctioning the Designer Knitted Knockers on eBay, so I will keep you posted on that.