A great-grandmother has taken the Christmas jumper craze to new heights this year by dedicating the past 12 months to knitting matching jumpers for her entire family.
Doreen Gover, 78, has tirelessly made the jumpers, adorned with reindeers and snowmen, for all her daughters, her son, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
As if that wasn’t enough of a job enough, she even knitted one for the family dog, Cookie, and a matching bib for the latest addition to the family – her great-grandson, who is just a few weeks old.
In total, Doreen made 28 festive pullovers, which used up 25 miles of wool. Her efforts certainly paid off, though, as some of the family made a surprise appearance on BBC1’s The One Show on National Christmas Jumper Day last Friday to parade her creations.
The family have been overwhelmed by the response to Doreen’s red jumpers, with the Daily Express being the first of many to get in touch.
She told them, “I initially started knitting for something to do. I started off just making a couple of jumpers but it snowballed from there.
“I started getting requests and I didn’t want anybody to feel left out. You really have to be knitting all the time to make so many jumpers.
“I would knit whenever I got a spare moment, from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed. I took my knitting with me wherever I went.”
The retired shopworker began to knit as a hobby when her husband, Roy, died 14 years ago.
Doreen concluded, “Once I have finished my own jumper, I suppose I had better get started on next year’s presents!”