Knitting Together Against Breast Cancer

Folks Magazine (Amazon/PillPack)

Inspired by a prosthetic made of yarn, Barb Demorest is building an international network of knitters and doctors to support women, one knocker at a time.

Some people knit baby beanies. Some knit sweaters for chickens. Barb Demorest knits breast prosthetics.

Demorest is the founder of the Bellingham, Washington-based Knitted Knockers Support Foundation. It’s a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that helps create and supply exterior breast prosthetics made from soft yarn and fiberfill, free of charge to women who have had all or part of a breast removed due to breast cancer or other diseases through a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or related surgical procedure. Designed to resemble a natural breast and fit inside a regular bra, they provide a plush, light, cool alternative to traditional silicone or gel breast prosthetics, which many women find to be hot, heavy, sweaty, and expensive. . . .

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