Knitting enthusiast creates woolly hall of fame

Alan Carr is among the celebrities immortalised in wool by one knitter

A knitting enthusiast has revealed her woolly tribute to celebrities past and present that could rival Madame Tussaud's waxworks in terms of accuracy and entertainment.

Denise Salway, 51, decided one day that she had whipped up enough scarves and sweaters for the time being, so put her skills towards making a doll of comedian Alan Carr for a family member.

The recipient loved it so much that the retired factory worker kept going - and has now knitted a veritable who's who of A-listers.

Among her creations are the Queen, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Abraham Lincoln, as well as fictional characters from films including Star Wars.

"Each new challenge pushed my talents and I enjoyed the look on my friends' faces when I mastered each new doll," Denise commented.

Remarkably, she knits the designs entirely from her imagination - although she does have a technique that allows her to pin down each facial quirk: she stares at the celebrity in question before picking up her needles. Let's hope the crafter does this part from photographs rather than in person!

Once Denise has her idea, she picks up her colourful yarn and knits the largest sections like the head and torso first, before going on to the fiddly parts that are likely to require more work.

And if you were wondering how she stays motivated, Denise revealed: "I knit to crime dramas and loud rock music on my jukebox."

Knitting characters is a great way to make something a little bit fun for your own enjoyment or that of others, plus they're ideal for creating scenes that can be put on display in shops or at club gatherings.

Children will also really appreciate them as gifts. Don't feel you have to wing it with your designs though - we have plenty of patterns on our website, including the beautiful Chunky Monkey by Jem Weston that will have you inspired in no time.

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