I'm in Portland, OR right now attending the TKGA Knitting and Crochet event which opened today. At this event, we're presenting the winners of our design contest -- and the reaction to them has been fantastic! We had a lot of entries, and it was very hard to choose, but after much deliberation our team of judges decided on the following:
Grand Prize -- A $1000 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate goes to Pat McDermott for her Stefan's Dinosaurs Cardigan. This is a marvelous little cardigan for children. The dinosaur pattern is unique, and the stitches used in the pattern are complex and creative.
1st Prize Accessories -- Ann Smith wins a $300 Gift Certificate for her Ladybugs for Lisa Shoulder Shawl. This is a pretty little shawl with ladybugs and hearts.
2nd Prize Accessories -- Nancy DaPonte will receive a $200 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate for her Wicklow Hat with its pretty cable pattern.
3rd Prize Accessories -- We'll be sending a $100 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate to Gale Ulvang for her gorgeous Wings and Cable Scarf.
1st Prize Babies' Fashion -- Kathleen M. Eldredge created a reversible Two in One-der cardigan that would become a family heirloom. Kathleen wins a $300 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate.
2nd Prize Babies' Fashion -- Jacqueline Mehring will be honored with a $200 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate for her Spring Time Lace Bobble Baby Jacket with Bobble Buttons.
3rd Prize Babies' Fashion -- We'll be sending a $100 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate to Diane Walins for her cute little Baby's Flower Hat.
1st Prize Children's Fashion -- Heidi Roe wins a $300 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate for her Embroidered Bolero Sweater. This is an adorable sweater for little girls with pretty embroidery trim.
2nd Prize Children's Fashion -- Pat Rosenzweig wins a $200 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate for her a Cable-Yoke Little Girls Dress that is absolutely darling. Crafted in cashmere, it would become a cherished item to be passed down.
3rd Prize Children's Fashion -- Kelly Klem designed a summery Girls' A-Line Peasant Dress that would be perfect for any little girl. Kelly wins a $100 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate.
1st Prize Women's Fashion Classic -- Betty Fryer wins a $300 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate for her Diamond Delight Cardigan and Camisole. This has a lovely lace pattern in both the cardigan and shell that is worn beneath it.
2nd Prize Women's Fashion Classic -- Yarnmarket will be sending Tina Sherfield a $200 Gift Certificate for her romantic My Heart to Yours Pullover. This has a very interesting and unique heart pattern.
3rd Prize Women's Classic -- Brit Raubenheimer wins a $100 Gift Certificate for her Northern Lights pullover sweater.
1st Prize Fashion Forward -- Ann Kelly wins a $300 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate for her absolutely stunning Nexo Jacket. This is a tailored jacket with contrasting inserts that add a feminine flare.
2nd Prize Fashion Forward -- Diane Dugal will receive a $200 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate for her Cool Curves, a summer shell with interesting bead accents.
3rd Prize Fashion Forward -- The $100 Gift Certificate goes to Dana Matuskey for her Cardigan with Lace Border. This pattern can be created as a sweater or a vest.
The winners will be officially notified by TKGA in the next few days, and will each receive a gift certificate for their pattern as soon as the pattern is received. Then, we'll be able to make it available to all our customers.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our contest. We were absolutely astounded with the quality and quantity of the entries. Over the next few days, I'll be posting photos of the garments. They are exquisitely original, and show the great depth of talent of members of TKGA.