Knitted Knockers. Catchy name for a product. If you’ve got a certain image in mind, you would be right.

I spent some time recently with some charming ladies who are very much involved with the Knitted Knockers project.

Knitted Knockers are free hand knit prostheses for women who have gone through a mastectomy, either single or double. These products come in different sizes and are machine washable, and should be air dried.

They can be worn either with a regular bra or in a bathing suit, which makes them especially handy here on the Suncoast.

They are made by volunteers who knit them, mostly in their own homes, and donate them to Joan Carlson, who heads up the Venice group, and who collects them at their “Knitting and Fitting” sessions on the second Wednesday of each month, from 1-3 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, located on State Road 776, here in Venice.

One such lady who knits for this project – a most wonderful of causes – is Rosemarie Murray of South Venice. Rosemarie came to Venice as a teenager, from Germany in 1956.

A multi-talented woman, after reading an article in a newspaper about the “KKs,” she decided she wanted to put one of her talents, knitting, to good use and create these little beauties. They are made with soft acrylic yarn of any color, but not worsted weight. (Yarn Bee Soft Secret is recommended.)

“It’s something I can do with my eyes closed,” Rosemarie said.

She spends her time knitting in front of the television, with something like PBS or some other “soft channel” on, as generally the programs are something she can just listen to, and look up once in a while as she knits.

“Nothing too distracting,” but just something to “keep on in the background.” It takes her about 90 minutes to knit one.

Rosemarie also has some serious artistic talent and makes beautiful hand-painted greeting cards, and gets into another crafty hobby by making lovely – and very intricate – Christmas tree ornaments. She was gracious enough to give me samples of both.

After showing me some of the “knockers” she had made, beginning with the first one (She keeps it as a reminder of what she does.), I asked her when she began doing this, and if she knew how many she’s made since beginning. She began making them in June and since then has knitted and delivered some 237 single “Knockers” to Joan and company.

One day while Rosemarie was at a local department store, while standing in the line to cash out her purchase of quite a bit of yarn, the cashier, a young man, asked her what she was doing that she had so much yarn. She thought for a while and then figuring he was old enough to understand, (about the Knockers part) she told him about the Knitted Knockers project and exactly what she was knitting.

It turned out that the woman in line behind her overheard the conversation and said she had a lot of yarn, and would donate it to Rosemarie for the “knockers.”

Knitted Knockers functions on an all-volunteer basis, with Knitters providing their time, all materials, and their expertise. So, if you know anyone who loves to knit, please let others know about this.

For more information, on Knitted Knockers, or to make an appointment, contact Joan at 941-747-1892 or at her email address, legsnlimey6@verizon.net. You may also contact Dawn Moore at 941-408-9572 or her email address, dawn@quitlmoore.com.

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