Knitted knockers for a ‘breast’ cause

2016-01-28 06:00
Carine White inspired local residents to knit woollen boobs to serve as an alternative to prosthe-tics for women who have undergone mastectomies.               Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

Carine White inspired local residents to knit woollen boobs to serve as an alternative to prosthe-tics for women who have undergone mastectomies. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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KNIT, purl, knit knit, purl . . . one, two, one one, two . . .

Some avid knitters knitted up a storm for a good cause - creating woollen breast substitutes in a shift away from their usual bed socks and jerseys.

Funded by donations, Carine White from Jeffreys Bay yarned together a successful knitathon after reading about ‘Knitted Knockers’ on Facebook - producing 125 pairs of woollen pro-stheses for women who have undergone mastectomies.

According to White, who is passionate about people and involved in a number of community projects, the ‘Knitted Knockers’ are best described as special handmade breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to their breasts.

“Unlike traditional breast prostheses that are usually expensive and uncomfortable, the knitted ones are soft, comfortable, beautiful and well placed in a regular bra,” says White. “Made from organic cotton and stuffed with merino wool, these woollen substitutes take the shape and feel of a real breast.”

According to White, after seeing the post about ‘Knitted Knockers’ on Facebook, she thought to give it a go.

“Each ‘Knitted Knocker’ kit costs R50. Within weeks of posting a plea for donations on Facebook, I raised R5 000 - all of which was used to buy these kits,” says White.

“Knowing that I will not be able to knit well over 100 woollen boobs myself, I roped in the help of the community and hosted a knitathon at Fountains Mall in October, last year.

“I was ecstatic about it; I think it is absolutely great. There are many people who do not have the necessary funds for prosthetics.

For White, the best part of the ‘Knitted Knockers’ are that they are free. She is now looking for worthy recipients in the Kouga region.

For more information or to receive a ‘Knitted Knocker’, contact White at 082 781 1264.

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