Wednesday night was the annual holiday fashion show event at Toronto's biggest knitting guild - The Downtown Knit Collective.
The DKC's own Fiona Ellis, who has run the show for the past few years really outdid herself this time with an accompanying power point presentation on the massive screen behind the podium.
For each garment worn in the show there were slides showing the name of the pattern, the designer, the pattern photo. This was especially great for knits being worn that had been made with a modified pattern because it allowed the audience to compare the two and see just how the modifications played out in the finished garment. There were also details on yarn and construction of each piece outlined in the commentary.
Afterwards there was the spread of Christmas Goodies and mulled cider and coffee to sip as everyone chatted and looked over the knits still being worn by the models.
I modeled my Olympic Sweater from last winter - made with yarn won in a DKC door prize draw. I was also lucky enough to model a couple of Fiona's sweaters from Twist..."Gwendolyn" from the Fall 2010 issue and "Georgie" from the current issue.
Both knits are now firmly in my mind to think seriously about trying out in 2011.
Also in the show was a full blown collection of knitted skirts! Among these were three done and modeled in a variety of colours by the ladies from Passionknit. Store Manager Tamara has been focused on skirts, knitted and crocheted, since late last spring. If you are thinking of trying out a knitted skirt (I know I am!) Passionknit is the place to get advice from a real expert on the subject!
Also of note to me were the inclusion of men's sweaters, knit and modeled by Patrick Madden. Not only are Patrick's knits fabulous but he looks so great in them it makes me want to add knits for My Beloved to my queue.
I always feel pressed for time to attend this show - given the inevitable list of things I'm still rushing to do so close to Christmas but really I'm always pleased I went. In the spirit of the season the entrance fee is even waived for non members so if you are curious about the DKC, think about putting the December fashion show on your calender for next year!
Thanks for dropping by!