OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday afternoons, a small group of women gather at ImagiKnit Yarn Shop at 120th and Center. They get together to make Knitted Knockers.
The handmade creations are meant for mastectomy patients who may want an alternative to other breast prostheses.
"I have not kept track of how many we've given away, but it's been a lot," Sheryl Block told us. She says it's totaled at least hundreds over the last few years.
They drop them off at area clinics and stock them at the yarn shop.
The Knitted Knockers are free. They're made with donated time and materials. They come in all different colors and sizes. They're a soft, non-wool material and stuffed with a fiber fill.
Norma Morehouse had a mastectomy in the early 1990s. She's tried different prostheses but prefers the Knitted Knocker. She says the other ones can be heavy and uncomfortable when it's hot. And while her insurance has covered options for her, she knows others likely aren't as fortunate.
"It is light, it's airy, it's easily washable. You can throw it in the washing machine whereas the others you wash just with soap and water," Morehouse said.
And the knitted creations do more than fill a bra. She told us, "when I wear that I know that somebody cared enough...to sit down and take the time to make that for another woman--a sister."
There are certain approved knitting patterns (crochet options too) and approved yarn to use on the Knitted Knockers web site if you'd like to get involved.
Otherwise you can visit or call the ImagiKnit Yarn Shop for more information.