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Ashford Halfords worker Karen Buckle knits one of the firm's lorries for a bet

By Rachael Woods

A mum has knitted a Halfords truck after a driver from the firm bet her that she would never be able to do it.

Knitting-mad Karen Buckle who works at Halfords in Gallagher Retail Park, Ashford, has proved him wrong and delivered the goods.

The mum-of-one of Osborne Road, Willesborough, has created the truck in the firm’s familiar orange and black livery and it has taken 108,000 stitches and nine months of her time.

Karen Buckle and colleague Mark Barron with the Halfords truck she knitted

She said: “It was like a red rag to a bull when the driver told me I wouldn’t be able to knit a Halfords truck, so I just had to prove him wrong.

“I started off with one wheel and then had to use graph paper to draw the truck and get an idea of scale.”

The Halfords truck is around a metre and a half long and has working lights, plus 10 wheels.

Halfords chief executive Matt Davies signalled his interest by sponsoring Karen and the truck could end up being parked on his desk. All funds raised are set to go to Cancer Research UK.

“I’m knitting-mad and will have a go at knitting absolutely anything" - Karen Buckle

With just the front headlights to finish, Karen’s project is almost at the end of the road.
The 53 year-old knitted her first piece at the age of 11, which was a jumper, but started to turn to more unusual creations.

She is knitting minions from the film Despicable Me for friends and colleagues and has churned out woollies for her daughter Leanne’s Shih tzu, including Christmas and Aran jumpers.

Karen, says that knitting is the best way to unwind, and has even begun work on a six-foot knitted Christmas tree after being challenged by her daughter to make one.

She said: “I’m knitting-mad and will have a go at knitting absolutely anything.”

To sponsor Karen go to www.justgiving.com/karenbuckle387

Have you or anyone in your family ever knitted anything unusual? If so please email us at kentishexpress@thekmgroup.co.uk

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