Knitter rises to a challenge - to knit a lorry

Knitter rises to a challenge - to knit a lorry

A knitting enthusiast from Kent has taken her hobby to the next level - by creating a scale toy of a Halfords delivery lorry.

Karen Buckle works at the company's store at Gallagher retail park in Ashford and took on the task after agreeing to a bet with a colleague, reports Kent Online.

A lorry driver from the store's depot who was aware of her obsession claimed she would not be able to re-create his heavy goods vehicle by crocheting alone.

However, Ms Buckle says the challenge was "like a red rag to a bull" and as a result, she immediately got to work on the lorry. 

It took her nine months to complete, but she eventually came back to the co-worker with a metre-and-a-half scale model, which is not only made from colourful yarn in Halfords trademark orange and black, but also includes working headlights and ten wheels.

Ms Buckle estimated that a total of 108,000 stitches went towards the lorry. The 53-year-old's work has not gone unnoticed by those at the top of the company either, with chief executive Matt Davies starting a fundraising campaign for Ms Buckle. The proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

The mother-of-one explained: "I started off with one wheel and then had to use graph paper to draw the truck and get an idea of scale.

"I'm knitting-mad and will have a go at knitting absolutely anything."

After knitting a host of other creations including the minions from the children's film Despicable Me and clothing for her daughter's Shih tzu, Ms Buckle has now taken on an even bigger prospect, hoping to have knitted a six-foot wooden Christmas tree by the time this year's festive period comes around.
It remains to be seen whether she will receive the same level of support from Halfords this time around, but those wishing to donate to cancer research are still able to sponsor Ms Buckle for knitting the lorry.

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