Bulwell knitters' handiwork appears on Emmerdale
WHAT is multi-coloured, woolly, made in Nottingham and the star of a hit soap?
The blanket that is draped over the Dingles' sofa in Emmerdale, of course.
Only the most eagle-eyed of viewers are likely to have spotted the recent addition to the set but the creation – made by a city "knit and natter" group – has featured in episodes since last month.
Bulwell's Duchess Gardens Complex's Knit and Natter group sent the blanket in to ITV after noticing its predecessor was looking a bit tatty.
Karen Trevis, 42, is the youngest member of the group, which meets every Monday.
She came up with the idea for the blanket, which took about a month to make.
"I'd just seen on one of the Emmerdale programmes that the Dingles had a blanket on the back of their sofa with holes in, so I suggested that we make them a new one" said Karen, who lives in Bulwell.
"We didn't actually expect it to end up on the show, so we were quite shocked when we saw it.
"It's great that they've decided to make use of it and to think that the whole nation is viewing one of our creations."
Six members of the group helped to make the blanket – Karen, Carol Eley, 69, Ruth Haywood, 62, Elsie Hunt, 84, Kath Viggers, 76, and Hilarie Dobbin, 61.
They sent the blanket to the Emmerdale team in October, for the soap's 40th anniversary.
The group were delighted to get a letter back which thanked them for the creation.
Each member also received an Emmerdale beanie bear.
Members first spotted their blanket on the show in mid-January.
Kath Viggers said: "I'm very pleased they decided to use the blanket. That's what we were hoping for and, of course, it's come true.
"I don't normally watch the programme but when I heard the blanket was on there, I switched the television on straight away."
Ruth Haywood, who organised the group, which was formed nearly three years ago, was also delighted to see the blanket on Emmerdale.
She said: "I think it's really good.
"I'm chuffed to bits that it is on the show because it took the group a long time to do it.
"But they got the blanket done and this shows what the ladies can do."