By Amy Kepferle
Cascadia Daily News 

Thousands of Knitted Knockers are stitched with love


Last updated 10/26/2023 at 9:40am

Hailey Hoffman, Cascadia Daily News

Ken "Knocker Dude" Malseed hauls a bag full of knitted knockers onto the table in the back storage area of Apple Yarns on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Malseed stuffs the knockers that his wife, Char, knits.

In the black bag Char Malseed carries with her at all times are yarn, knitting needles, scissors, projects in progress and a worn sheet of pink paper full of minuscule tally marks.

The numbers on the note represent the 2,252 (and counting) pairs Malseed has created for the Bellingham-based Knitted Knockers, which provides free, lightweight knitted and crocheted prosthetics for breast cancer survivors around the United States - and the world.

Starting a little more than a decade ago, the nonprofit now has more than 5,700 groups creating the knockers across the U.S. and in countries such as Finland, Ireland, France, Africa, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and beyond.

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