So today’s entry is a little different and comes to us because of a letter in a recent Dear Abby column: The Knitted Knockers Support Foundation. How many of us know someone who’s had, or continues to have, breast cancer?
Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. Their special volunteer knitters provide these free to those requesting them. Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing.
Their website provides patterns to knit or crochet knockers. Women can also come and request a knocker in the size and color they want. In addition, they provide a how to guide on how to choose approved yarns, how to start your own Knitted Knocker group in your area, or how to find existing groups.
Who else is counting down the days to the premiere of the next season of Doctor Who? If your fingers are itching to get geek-crafty as you wait, check out H3Dakota’s 10th Doctor-inspired knit headband.
Using the brioche knitting stitch, she made a reversible headband – “One side looks like his brown suit while the other looks like his blue suit,” she wrote.
So are you a fan of 10? Or is another “your Doctor?” (David Tennant is my personal fav.)
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Got some baby geekcrafting in your future? Check out these stellar space ornaments by Laura Chau! Hung all together, I think they would make a great mobile for a baby’s nursery. Or leave them as individual projects to hang on a space-themed tree for the holidays.
Laura is also a prodigious designer of other knit wonders – check her out on Ravelry, too.
Greetings geekcrafters! Today I wanted to share with you an ongoing geek project – Latte and Llama’s Geek-a-Long blanket.
They are releasing one geek-themed square knitting pattern each week, including references to Sherlock, Battlestar Galactica, Harry Potter, the DC universe, and Avatar. They have also posted a FAQ for the project. The patterns are free, but they are encouraging donations to Child’s Play.
Like any good “a-long” project, it’s fun to interact with others who are working on the same project. It looks like this one has some good participation on Ravelry, with 500+ members in the group.
What fandoms or images would you include in a geeky afghan?
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Over at Pigu Pigu Design we have the pattern and tutorial for creating a Demi Octopus. The pattern is knit flat so you then have the joy of placing it on anything, and everything. Add it to sweaters, hats, gloves, bags, shawls, blankets. Really Anything that holds still long enough could get an octopus or two.
It’s like a Saturday Star Wars two for one today!Random Canadian has posted intructions on how to make light saber knitting needles, over at Instructables.
The materials needed for this project include a 3/8″ Lucite rod, several key-chain LED flashlights, a red LED, a green LED, 2 X 10 Ohm resistor, heat shrink tubing,
120 sand paper, a Scotch-Brite pad, and a 10 Ohm resistor. It can’t be a terribly difficult project, as Random Canadian said another smaller set of needles were also made.
“The cyano glue makes the cut ends optically pure when the plastic bits are joined, as long as there are not big tool marks… I found this out on a previous project. saves quite a bit of time by not having to polish the ends.”
So the next time you find yourself battling the dark side of the yarn, or you just want to knit in the dark, whip up a set of these babies for all your nerd knitting needs!