First Poldark's Aidan Turner and now Dawn French - Angela Blay's latest 'kwerky' creation for The Graham Norton Show
An Elmswell woman who was asked by a TV chat show to knit one of her popular character dolls for Poldark’s Aidan Turner was commissioned by the same show to create one for Dawn French.
Angela Blay appeared on The Graham Norton Show in June to showcase one of her ‘Kwerky Knits’ to the actor - and last week was asked to produce one for the Vicar of Dibley star.
The doll was presented to her on Friday’s show during a segment involving fellow guests Steve Carell and Michael B. Jordan, who were discussing their dolls from their films such as Despicable Me and Black Panther.
Angela, 51, said: “They didn’t want Dawn to feel left out. They got hold of me on Tuesday last week at about lunch time.
“I started knitting on Tuesday evening until 3.30am Wednesday and posted it to get there for 9am on Thursday because they film on Thursday.”
She said she was thrilled to be referred to as a ‘friend of the show’ by Graham Norton and her latest brush with frame caps off an ‘amazing’ year for the music teacher.
Her venture began when she was struggling to find a pattern to create a doll of Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit. She made her own, liked it and later designed a woollen version of Ross Poldark followed by other characters from the show.
The Poldark creations, known as ‘The Knitdarks’, even have their own Facebook page where they feature in a series of quirky and irreverent scenes by Celia Fox, who became involved after she received some of the knitted characters as presents.
“I still can’t get my head around the fact that my dolls have been so successful,” she said.
“It was only earlier this year that the Poldark dolls went global after a BBC article and then the producers of The Graham Norton Show picked up on that. I’ve had lots of requests for the dolls and orders for them and to be honest as a knitter on my own I don’t think people realise how long it takes to knit one doll.
“I haven’t been able to go mad on the knitting but I do sell my patterns and make limited edition dolls and those limited edition dolls sell for quite a lot now.”
Angela has received requests from collectors in America, Canada and Australia.
Recently she has been knitting angel dolls and in the new year wants to launch a ‘British icons' line of individuals such as Ed Sheeran and the Queen.
As well as Aidan Turner, fellow Poldark cast members Beatie Edney and Christian Brassington received their own 'Knitdarks' and posed with them on social media.
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