Earlier today I read an article about an Arkansas-based group called "Bosom Buddies" (one of many similar groups) who knit breast prostheses for women who have had mastectomies.
“We found a real need for the knitted breast prostheses,” member Sharon Loyd said. “They were excited about helping women who need a prosthesis and either couldn’t afford one or weren’t ready for a permanent reconstruction.”Bosom Buddies also has a chapter in Wyoming and member Charlotte Kinner says, "the alternative prosthetics have been so popular the women now make them to order". Kinner owns Dancing Sheep, the shop where her group meets regularly to make the breasts. [caption id="attachment_8802" align="alignnone" width="620"] Bosom Buddies of Wyoming[/caption] There's been many articles, press and general coverage of knitted breasts, so if you're interested in learning more, a simple Google search will uncover loads of leads. Here are a few more recent examples with credits below: [caption id="attachment_8804" align="alignnone" width="620"] A breast prosthesis knitted by Louise Sargent.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8807" align="alignnone" width="620"] Made by Knit-a-Boob, a breast cancer awareness event.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8808" align="alignnone" width="620"] Made by Misty's Crochet.[/caption] If you'd like to make your own, Lactation Consultants Great Britain have a free pattern (also available in Portuguese).