Friday, September 17, 2010

Have you seen the TKGA Fashion Show?

I finally found time to sit back, relax and enjoy the TKGA Fashion show from their big 25th Anniversary event in Manchester, NH this summer. Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather! Who should appear on the video but our own Jan Gratz.

Now, I've known Jan for about six years. It never occurred to me that behind that no-nonsense knitting expert and human Yarndex there was lurking a fashion model. I couldn't believe it when Jan appeared on the runway strutting her stuff! Well, she was actually strutting other people's stuff because she was modeling garments created by TKGA members.

Highlights of the show for me were the presentation of winners of the TKGA Design Contest. Jan brought out some of the designs that were selected by judges Penny Sitler, Iris Schreier of Artyarns, and Jan herself.

You'll want to watch for Kathleen Eldredge's Award-Winning design for a Double-Knit Pullover. This pattern for a boy's or girl's sweater was selected from all the entries this year to receive the Grand Prize $1000 Yarnmarket Gift Certificate. It's available for free on our site.

If you're not yet a TKGA member you really ought to check out all the benefits. It's a terrific organization and membership includes a subscription to their magazine, Cast On. It doesn't cost a lot, either!

Have fun watching the videos. And post a comment for Jan. That fact that she didn't even mention her modeling career to me means that she might be wanting to keep it a secret. And we don't want to let her think she got away with it!

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