Area knitters and crocheters are encouraged to help make a difference in the lives of breast cancer survivors by joining Great Knockers Again in creating as many Knitted Knockers as possible during one marathon day. Throughout the year, volunteer crafters create soft, comfortable prosthetics for breast cancer survivors and gather at monthly meetings in area yarn shops. These handcrafted Knockers are washable, reusable and durable -- and much lighter weight than traditional silicone inserts. Since launching 2017, Great Knockers Again has created and distributed more than 2,500 FREE Knitted Knockers via personal requests, at health fairs and in display baskets at 11 Denver-area clinics.
“We invite knitters and crocheters of all ages to come together and share the fun and camaraderie you can only find in a knitting circle,” says Mary Turek, Great Knockers Again coordinator, adding, “But more than anything, it’s this cause that knits us together!”
Approved yarn, patterns, guidance and instruction for knitting and crocheting the Knockers along with a catered lunch and beverages will be provided for the crafters. Participants are asked to bring their own 8” Sizes US 3, 4 or 5 double-pointed needles, Size 4 or 5, 24” cable needle or Sizes D, F or G crochet hook.
Don’t knit or crochet? Volunteers are needed to help stuff and package completed knockers for distribution. Donations are always appreciated to help with materials and distribution costs. This year organizations, groups and individuals can contribute by sponsoring a table of knitters or crocheters. Table sponsorships are available at Knit/Purl ($50), Crochet Hook ($100), Magic Loop ($150) and Double Point ($200) levels. “There are so many ways to support this wonderful cause,” says Turek, “We even have a neighborhood book club group sponsoring a table in memory of one of their mothers who passed away earlier this year from breast cancer.”
Do you, or someone you know, need Knitted Knockers? Breast cancer survivors are encouraged to stop in, meet the volunteer crafters and choose a pair on the day of the event. The group will be distributing Knitted Knockers created at the Knit-a-Thon at upcoming events, including at the Platte Valley Medical Center Girls’ Night Out Health Fair in Brighton on September 12 and in the Survivor's Tent at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K on October 27 at Fiddler's Green.
Reserve your Knit-a-Thon seat at: 2019-Parker-Knit-a-Thon.eventbrite.com
Contact Mary Turek at GreatKnockersAgain@gmail.com
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