Making the dolls is just a hobby for the Dawson Creek resident, although she has taken custom orders.
She got her start crocheting when she wanted to add flowers to a scrapbook she was working on.
“Once I taught myself how to crochet, I got hooked. I don’t scrapbook anymore,” she jokes.
She says she likes designing the dolls the most, as she says it’s more fun than following a pattern. To help others follow in her path, she creates her own patterns that other crocheters can be found on her website for free.
Making a doll can take up to three days of work, depending on how many pieces are involved, which Laing says she does in a “binge crochet” session, working for hours at a time.
Aldean isn’t the first celebrity to see themselves in crochet form: Laing has given gifts to others like actor Jim Parsons of the Big Bang Theory, who revealed his on the Conan O’Brien show, and other artists who have performed at the Encana Events Centre, including Eric Church, Mötley Crüe, and Carrie Underwood. She also sent one to Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who tweeted a photo to his nearly one million followers, gushing, “A perfect likeness, in crochet! I love the fine attention to detail.”
“I love giving away the stuff that I make,” she says. “For me to be able to give to someone I follow like [Hadfield], it’s really exciting.”
Laing has plans for several more celebrity dolls, including the rest of the Big Bang Theory characters, as well as True Blood, and talk show host Craig Ferguson.