If you've hitherto resisted the knitting craze, Knitted Icons may convert you yet. Author Carol Meldrum cleverly amplifies one or two signature characteristics of 25 cultural giants of the 20th century and adds them to a basic doll body. Among her best: Gandhi, the Beatles (early and Sgt. Pepper era), Einstein with hair standing on end, Bob Marley with dreads and cap, Jailhouse Rock Elvis (and later Elvis with sneer and white jumpsuit), Che Guevara with beret and distinctive facial hair, Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly (the dress and accessories are stellar) and Madonna in pink conical bra c. 1990. Definitely judge this little book by its perfect Rolling Stone parodying cover.

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