Close-knit group busy


Knitted Knockers members Pam Davies, Therese Waller, Marie Foster, Yvonne Ingham and Pam Mason. Picture: Martin Kennealey     www.communitypix.com.au   d450348
Knitted Knockers members Pam Davies, Therese Waller, Marie Foster, Yvonne Ingham and Pam Mason. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d450348

Kinross resident Therese Waller started the Perth branch of Knitted Knockers after reading about the work of eastern states-based groups.

She had already been involved in making quilts for organisations such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“I enjoy knitting so I just thought I might do something different,” she said.

She said she was surprised by how quickly the group took off, with more than 60 knitters now involved.

“There are so many women who really want to help,” she said.

Knitted Knockers originated in the USA as an alternative to silicon breast prostheses, which can be expensive, heavy, uncomfortable and usually require a special bra.

All knitters are volunteers and the prostheses are provided free to women who have undergone a mastectomy.

The group relies on donations to buy the cotton, stuffing and for postage.

Ms Waller said she had received positive feedback from the more than 200 women they had helped so far.

“It’s amazing, some of the stories they tell you and how many women there are who want and need them,” she said.

Visit knittedknockersaustralia.com.