33 In Wardrobe Wellness/ Women Now

Introducing knitted knockers handmade to perfection by my sister-in-law Wendy

Knitted Knocker

Wearing my brand new knitted knocker in Minnesota

 

My sister-in-law, Wendy, called me from Minnesota one day last spring and said, “What’s your cup size?” As I recall, she didn’t even start with, “This is your favorite sister-in-law.” Which she is. She’s my favorite and my only sister-in-law and she likes to remind me about that. (And I like hearing her do it!)

You don’t mess with Wendy so I put the phone down to go take a look. “D,” I reported. “Why?”

“Oh, I’m knitting prosthetic breasts for women who have had a mastectomy. Can I make you one?” she said. Wendalyn is very generous.

“Well, sure, go for it, Wendalyn,” I said. That’s what I call my favorite sister-in-law. Wendalyn is married to my brother, Kirk. Sometimes we call her Saint Wendy.

 

Wendy holds a knitted knocker

Wendalyn, my favorite sister-in-law and knitter of boobs

 

So one night on this August trip to Minnesota to see my family, she came over to the lake house with bags of boobs (breasts, girls, knockers, whatever you call them) in all different sizes. She had a bag of D cups and pulled one out.

 

Knitted Knocker

Knitted knocker from the front

 

“Wow, they have nipples and everything,” I said. “How does it work?”

“You see this hole in the back? That’s where you stuff fiberfill,” she said. Of course, she had a bag of fiberfill with her. This girl’s efficient!

 

Knitted Knocker

Knitted knocker from the back

 

Well, I’ll be darned! I was eager to try one so she stuffed what she thought would be enough fiberfill to match my true boob and I tried it on.

It’s so soft! Boy, I think of when I had my surgery back in 2004 and how much I would have appreciated getting one of these. It takes a long time before you can wear a regular bra with a prosthesis especially if you go through radiation as well. That area is so very tender. To have had a very soft no-underwire bra with this as the prosthetic would have given me comfort and confidence in those early weeks.

 

Wendy makes Knitted Knockers

Me and my favorite sister-in-law, Wendy

 

How Knitted Knockers came to Fergus Falls

Wendy’s always knitting. I mean ALWAYS! She has a knitting bag with her at all times. She hosts a gathering of knitters at her house every Thursday night. They’ve been meeting since 2008. One of the knitters wanted the group to do some charity knitting. She went to www.knittedknocker.org and found out about the work they do for women going through surgeries. She wrote a grant and Thrivent gave the group $250 to buy the materials to make the knitted knockers. The knitting group has been busy making knockers and will deliver them in September to the cancer center in Fergus Falls where Wendalyn lives. Surgeons at the Fergus Falls Medical Group will prepare a care pack and dispense the knitted knockers to patients for free after surgery.

 

The family thought of more things to stuff

The next day the whole clan plus my friend, Pattiricia, gathered at my niece Carly’s house to celebrate my brother Kirk’s birthday. It was a boisterous affair as could be predicted. There was great grandpa, Don (my dad), the next generation of wise elders which would include, Wendy, Pattirica, my brothers Brent and Kirk. and me. Then there was the next generation after that: Carly, Jessie, Josh, and Carly’s husband, Lee. Then came the grandkids: Preston, Julia Grace, and Maya. Darn, I wanted to get a family photo but didn’t. Sydney was at work and Owen wasn’t there and Natalie was visiting her dad. I think I’ve remembered everyone.

Any hoo, I brought attention to my boobs. “I’m wearing one of Wendalyn’s knitted knockers,” I said proudly, pointing to my chest.

 

Nieces have marketing ideas

My nieces Carly and Jessie have great marketing ideas

 

The hubbub started. Suddenly the idea of stuffing things and giving Wendalyn new ideas for what she can do with her knitting time became our top priority. Wendy kept saying “charity” and we kept saying “commerce, Baby.” It started with a name change for Knitted Knockers. My niece Jessie said, “How about calling them Knittie Titties, Wendy’s Knittie Titties?” We all thought that was brilliant and hilarious.

Then I thought of other areas that could use some padding, like many women’s behinds after they’ve turned 60. It’s a big complaint! “Where did my butt go?” they lament.

We all agreed the next thing Wendy should knit would be padding for butts to make them fuller and rounder again. For people who never had any to begin and were curious about them it would be augmentation without the surgery and the high costs. Does that sound like a runaway great seller or what? Kirk said, “Go for it, Wendy!”

 

Celebrating family

Birthday celebration for Kirk/Krik (that’s another story) turned into a marketing session for Wendy

 

The birthday table turned into the conference table

Of course, it would need marketing. The dishes were cleared from the birthday celebration meal and now it was a boardroom table. One of the board members suggested they be called   Wendy’s Knitted Asses but I think it was my brother, Kirk, who made them sound more upscale, sophisticated and expensive by suggesting they be called Wendy’s Knitted Assets. I’d be first in line to purchase that product!

The board members came up with the first draft of the marketing copy announcing the earliest deliveries.

 

Have you lost your behind? Now you can order Wendy’s Knitted Assets. Get your new behind set while the price is still lower than your ass.

 

I don’t know; maybe that needs a little work. Maybe you had to be there but we loved watching Wendy squirm at our expense.

 

Followup to my Knitted Knocker

I was wearing my Knitted Knocker one day when I was back home in Sonoma. I saw myself in the mirror once and realized my Knitted Knocker was heading north. Uh-uh. That could be a problem if I was wearing something tight! It was obvious my heavier Amoena breast form weighed more for a reason. The weight of it mirrored the weight of my true boob. So I’m thinking that for the long haul the Knitted Knocker would be best for women with A or B cups.

But I still wear mine! I wore it the other day while I was running errands around Sonoma. I had my lightweight Eileen Fisher linen jean-styled jacket on over my sleeveless T-shirt. My evenness would be camouflaged by that jacket if the form started moving outside the straight line of my bust.

It’s really nice to take a break from the Amoena form. While I’m an older veteran to this one breast thing, I really think about what an especially great service this is to women facing this change for the first time.

Now off you go to www.knittedknocker.org to get more information in case you want a new knitting project or are someone in need of a new knocker.

I just have to ask: Do I have any signups for Wendy’s Knitted Assets? I think we could put her into business! Any marketing ideas to share? I’ll pass them on to Wendalyn and her board members.

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    Cathy D.
    August 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Hum… Not signing up, but I do have a possible marketing idea if it’s not too far fetched. I’ve had a hip replacement, and now my hips aren’t the same shape. The outside shape of the hip that had the joint replacement is flatter than that of my unaltered hip. I feel uncomfortable wearing very fitted pants, leggings, jeans or whatever without a concealing top. This isn’t a major issue since I never wear a top tucked in due to my less-than-flat stomach, but it might be a problem for others.

    No matter that my hips aren’t perfectly symmetrical, the hip replacement was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I’d be spending the rest of my life in a wheelchair without it, and am grateful everyday that my surgeon did such a good job.

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      I am so so happy for you!!! I have friends who have experienced the relief that comes from their hip replacements so I am imagining that for you too! Yes, we do live well with our imperfections, don’t we? Life is good!

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        Cathy D.
        August 28, 2017 at 9:17 pm

        Unfortunately I didn’t really finish my thought above. Perhaps an oval pad, somewhat thicker in the center and about 4-5 inches long could fill in the space where the hip surgeon cut through my muscles. If there was some way to make it secure, then my hips might appear symmetrical again. I once tried a folded washcloth but it didn’t work. There are lots of women who have had hip replacements, so a knitted, stuffed pad of the right shape might be a business possibility for Wendy. On the other hand, this may be completely ridiculous idea.

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          Brenda
          August 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm

          Yes, actually, I was daydreaming about that myself! It’s also really got my head interested in symmetry in other arenas. I’m going to share your need with Wendy!

  • Reply
    Kathy
    August 28, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I applaud your sister in law Wendy’s creativity and generous heart. She saw a need and addressed it in a quiet thoughtful way. I believe that is what we should do…reach out and help other women. Bravo to you for heightening everyone’s awareness. I would partner with the American Cancer Society, Susan B. Kolman race for the cure and local breast cancer survivor support groups to sell the item. I would focus on doing presentations to ladies social and faith community groups to heighten awareness of the product. Just my thoughts. As always thank you for being so open about your own experience on an effort to help others.

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 29, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathy. Those are all great ideas. It takes a village!

  • Reply
    Ann
    August 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I LOVE both these ideas — knitted knockers and Wendy’s Knitted Assets. Your family are a hoot and smart. So are you, Brenda. 🙂

    I still have both my original boobs, but had a very big breast cancer scare this summer. Mercifully, it was not cancer. But none of us with breasts are ever out of the woods. I will definitely find some knitted knockers if I ever need any. Thanks for the ideas. 🙂

    Love your blog.

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Ann, so glad it was only a scare (although those alone are terrifying!). Enjoying those lovely knockers of yours! Yes, I have a funny, smart family, love them to pieces!

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    Sandi Mcdougall
    August 29, 2017 at 3:22 am

    I just ordered mine, Brenda, and will send them a donation. Thanks for posting this article. And I must mention that I have trouble finding a prosthetic small enough for me and have tried dozens. I have one that I guard with my life 😉

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Sandi, I bet this will be perfect for you! I’m so glad Wendy channelled this through all of us and is spreading the word!

  • Reply
    Pat
    August 29, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Brenda,
    I don’t remember when I have ever laughed so hard at 6am!, Doing God’s work in a joyful way. You, and your family, are the best!,
    Faithful fan,
    Pat
    Oh, I love the way your tank top fits…snug through the chest, ease through the waist…(every woman’s dream tank). Can you share the brand with us? You look fabulous!

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Hey, I love the sound of laughter in the morning! That is a Chico t-shirt. I have that one and two in white. Love the shape of them too! Not too tight and not too baggy.
      Yours faithfully,
      Brenda

  • Reply
    Annie
    August 29, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Once again, you leave me smiling…

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      I’m glad, Annie! Smiles are good!

  • Reply
    Spags
    August 29, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Love this piece! I saw the headline and thought “is this one of those things where they have a different word for it in the USA?” but no, it turns out knockers mean the same thing in the UK and the USA. Anyway knitted knockers are a fabulous idea.

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 29, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Yay! We’re speaking the same language!!!

  • Reply
    Sandra Sallin
    August 29, 2017 at 9:44 am

    To be honest, I used to knit for charity. I made baby blankets for premies and babies that did not survive. It was very gratifying. I had to stop because of a neck problem. But I would do it again in a minute.

    I’ve needed comfort on my chest these days and my husband’s old t-shirts seem to fill the bill.

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 29, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      I’m sending soft hugs to comfort your chest as well! Glad your husband’s shirts are doing their medicine. Thinking of you, Sandra! XO

  • Reply
    Kay
    August 29, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    These are wonderful! And even more so the spirit and love they are made and shared with!

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 29, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      That’s so true. For years if I call on a Thursday night my brother always says, “She’s got knitting group.” I love imagining them in my head, knitting, talking, and laughing and now spreading their commitment, love and joy through these knitted knockers.

  • Reply
    Laura
    August 29, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    This is brilliant! I love the branding of Knitted Knockers and Wendy’s Knitted Assets! Clever and cute!

    My aunt in law passed last summer. She had gone through breast cancer and bone cancer. She passed from complications while in the hospital, not the cancer itself. She was a strong woman with a great heart. She had a double mastectomy and I wish I would have known about knitted knockers! She really would have gotten a kick out of them! Is there a way to donate to the cause? I’m not much of a knitter but would love to help.

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 29, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Laura, I wish these had been there for her too! Sorry for your loss. Just go to their website, I’m sure you can donate.
      http://Www.knittedknockers.org

  • Reply
    Shelbi
    August 30, 2017 at 1:02 am

    So cute, I love this story. Knittie Titties! Too funny.

    Shelbi

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 31, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks, Shelbi! I’ve just told Wendy to take a look at these comments. I think she’ll be amazed!

  • Reply
    Leelah
    August 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I also applaud your sister in law. I am in the U.K. and we really often don’t appreciate our NHS. I was given ‘a softy ‘ to put on my bra before I left hospital. My friend came to visit just as I got home. She was delighted when she saw me looking like me. She said she was a bit wary when she walked in. I had to remind her which one was which. . S

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 31, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      I love that! Have those prosthesis really helps make us feel more normal, doesn’t it?

  • Reply
    Leelah
    August 30, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    So what you ladies and possibly gents got all I know are doing is so so important. Brenda I now wear my ameona ‘chicken’ fillet all day everyday. It just sits in my normal underworld bra. I could go on …..

  • Reply
    Leelah
    August 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    All my prosthesis es have been free of charge for the past 14years. Including a swimming one. As was all my treatment . I have a lot to be very thankful for. In so many ways. Thank you for everything you do.

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 31, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      I’m glad you’re doing well. Yay 14 years! Thank you for being a part of this that I do. I really appreciate you reading my posts!

  • Reply
    Gayle
    September 1, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Maybe double-stick fashion tape would help keep the knitted knocker in place in the bra cup.

    • Reply
      Brenda
      September 5, 2017 at 10:54 am

      The knitted knocker stays in place but it’s just not heavy enough so the bra wants to ride up on that side. I’m thinking I need a suspender!!!

  • Reply
    Vicki W Grant
    September 15, 2017 at 6:32 am

    With a bilateral mastectomy, I’ve always thought that a crotch snap sleeveless leotard with prosthetic pockets would be the best solution for false boob north bound migrations. No more window reflection adjustments to rearrange the girls!

    Hey! Maybe I could build a body shaper to go with it?

    • Reply
      Brenda
      September 15, 2017 at 9:17 am

      I happily await your inventions!

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