Sunday, September 8, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

After a quick poll of friends, relatives, and acquaintances, I was unable to locate a single person who had not either had breast cancer or had a close friend or relative with it.  It is a pervasive issue that touches lives in ways as unique as the women and men who contract the disease, but it is always painful and disruptive.

I've never done this before, but this year I'm devoting a post to the various wonderful things you can knit and wear to show support for the fight against this disease.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and pink is the color designated by Susan G. Komen for the Cure as supporting research to cure the disease.  You may want to knit ahead to have something ready as a gift.  If so, these patterns may help.

If you have are a survivor, or have a friend, relative or acquaintance who is a survivor, consider knitting one of these patterns.  If your friend is a knitter, you could also consider building a personalized kit for your friend to make their own project.  These are not fund raising patterns; they just show support for the fight.  If you wish to make a donation, please use the link above to contact the SGK Foundation directly. 

First up, the Pink Ribbon Hat from Carissa Knits.  Make it in a variety of fibers to match the needs of the recipient.

Pink Ribbon Mittens, from Nancy's  They're made in colorwork on small needles, and will definitely be a labor of love.  Beautiful, aren't they?

For the sock people, Pink Ribbons, socks from the agile mind of Lisa Lloyd.  Again, I see these in a variety of fibers and heights to meet the needs of the end-user.

Any of these three patterns can be made in any of the support ribbon colors to suit the needs of your family or loved ones.  For color options, please click here.

This last one is a godsend to those who choose not to have reconstructive surgery, and want the option of a comfortable prosthetic.  It's called "Tit Bits", and it has received consistently amazing reviews.  It was designed by Beryl Tsang, and thoughtfully made available in


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