The creation of the palace took eight months of work and about 100 balls of wool.
93-year-old Margaret Seaman of Castor-on-Sea in Norfolk rose to fame and earned the unspoken title of “the Queen of Knitting” by crocheting incredible threads. Her latest masterpiece is a massive two-meter copy of Buckingham Palace made of woolen threads, which she spent eight months on, writes the Daily Mail.
To create a copy of the main royal residence, Margaret used not only threads, and this is at least 100 balls, but also polystyrene blocks for construction, as well as wire to create a gate.
Around the palace, the old woman has placed bound guards in bear hats who look at the building.
It looks like a knitted Buckingham Palace
Photo: ITV News Anglia screenshot
Her work is now on display at The Forum at the Norfolk Makers Festival in Norwich, where Margaret hopes to raise money for a new children’s hospice at Addenbrooks Hospital, Cambs.
The pensioner became interested in knitting 10 years ago, after her husband Fred Seaman died of prostate cancer in 2013 when he was 86 years old. During this time, she not only reached world fame, but also received the medal of the British Empire for her achievements. The money from the sale of knitwear, and this is more than 100 thousand pounds, she gave to charity.
The woman has four children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Margaret became interested in knitting in 2013, after the death of her husband.
Photo: Norfolk Makers Festival
“It’s hard for me to walk, my gardening and walking days are over, but I can sit, knit and collect money for good causes. I’m afraid I’m a celebrity now – I’m very proud of it. Now that I’m sitting in the car while we’re not at home, people they knock on my window and ask: “Are you a woman who knits?” But I don’t feel any difference – I’m still Margaret, ”the pensioner told reporters.
At first, she knitted things for her grandchildren, but then she joined an interest club, where there were the same lovers of hook and thread. She was first talked about when she unveiled the royal Sandringham Palace in Norfolk with stables in 2019. She spent 13 hours a day creating it. It was for this work that she received a medal.
There were more to come. Margaret tied up the NHS Knittinghale hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic by spending 34 balls of wool.
Wool was brought to a woman from a warehouse at Buckingham Palace, making such a gift.
Now a woman spends all her free time knitting.
“Usually I knit for about eight or nine hours during the day and then go to bed at 9pm and knit for three or four more hours. everything in my head is fine, i don’t stop writing things down. i always think it’s a waste of time. i start knitting, work on the idea, and then if i get stuck and can’t figure out what to do next, i quit and start something else. Usually I have five or six things in the work at the same time, and I work on what my brain tells me, “says Margaret.
Among the money that the pensioner raised by showing or selling her work, she recently transferred 10,000 pounds as a charity to three major hospitals in Norfolk.
Margaret is not going to stop there, just as she cannot get used to fame.
“It still amazes me that people are so interested in my knitting. I just love big challenges and I love to be busy. I never thought it would cause such interest,” admitted an elderly British woman.
According to Jane Evans, organizer of the Norfolk Makers Festival, Margaret’s receipt of the medal came as no surprise to anyone:
“Margaret has been delighting the audience at our festival for many years, every time impressing us all with her creativity, vision, dedication and energy. She is a role model for both the elderly and the younger generation and has become like a dear grandmother to me. The Forum is delighted that she has received this honor and it was well deserved.”
She was also the recipient of the 2021 Knitter of the Year award from Oldie Magazine. Margaret received it from the hands of the Duchess of Cornwall, now Queen Camilla.
Focus previously wrote that King Charles III would never be able to sell Buckingham Palace.
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