Chris and Gill knit Olympic athletes in time for torch relay

Chris Menzies at her haberdashery shop in Oakham, Altered Images, with her knitted Olympians.
Chris Menzies at her haberdashery shop in Oakham, Altered Images, with her knitted Olympians.
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A SHOP owner in Oakham has got into the Olympic spirit by knitting dolls to raise money for charity.

Chris Menzies, who owns Altered Images in Mill Street, Oakham, and her friend Gill Hyde, of Oakham, have once again got their knitting needles out and created some Olympic-themed dolls.

Chris said: “We wanted to get them done in time for the Olympic torch coming through Oakham.

“They just put a smile on people’s faces as they walk by and see them in the window.”

The friends have created five dolls over two weeks, each to look like a famous Olympian, including Australia’s Ian Thorpe and Great Britain’s triple jumper Phillips Idowu.

Chris has already had people coming into the shop trying to buy the Usain Bolt doll but the figures will be raffled off to raise money for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Last year the two friends created Will and Kate in a royal wedding scene which raised more than £200.