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The Detroit Knitting and Crochet Club (DKCC) marked its five-year anniversary last Saturday at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library with a fun and exciting fashion show that featured members modeling knitted and crocheted items they made during the past several months for the much-anticipated display of wearable art.

Club founder Leigh Mosley Bloodworth of Detroit said co-organizer Denise Goodwin, also of Detroit, came up with the idea: “She had been talking about it for a couple years, and we just decided to do it because our members make such a wide variety of things, and it would be a great opportunity for everyone to show off their talents.”

More than 50 people showed up for the three-hour celebration, including one member who recently moved to Chicago. The 24 members who modeled showed off everything from garments made with silk ribbon to those fashioned of wool and acrylic. “One woman did a lovely poncho in Fishermen’s Wool (by Lion Brand). It was her first garment,” said Bloodworth.

Crocheter Gregg Burrell of Highland Park, who celebrated her birthday the following day, modeled a cowl she made using Lion Brand’s Mandala yarn in shades of blue and gray. She wore it with a gray wool shrug she made some time ago.

Member Deborah Vinson of Detroit came up with a clever idea for her walk down the “runway.” She strung together several pairs of mittens she made to donate to Mittens for Detroit (a nonprofit that collects and distributes new mittens and gloves to the needy in Detroit) and wore them around her shoulders. There weren’t any rules or restrictions.

“If you can put it on, you could be in the fashion show,” laughed Bloodworth.

Tina Towell of Ferndale showed off her felted purse and hat, and Katy Watson of Detroit modeled five items — a sweater, a cowl, a shawl and a couple of hats.

In addition to the fashion show, other highlights included a sheet cake that read “Happy 5th Anniversary DKCC,” a potluck and 15 door prizes — yarn, totes, and plastic yarn holders.

With the success and enjoyment of their first fashion show, members are already looking forward to a second to mark their six-year anniversary in 2018.

The Detroit Knitting and Crochet Club, which Bloodworth started in a coffee shop on Woodward in 2012 with just six people, has grown to nearly 1,300 members. Of that number, about 40 or 50 knitters and crocheters attend the monthly meetings, held every fourth Saturday on the third floor in the Fine Arts Department, from 1-3 p.m. (Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, this month’s meeting will be held Nov. 18.)

The average age is roughly 40, but some members are in their 20s, others in their 70s. Members live in such cities as Windsor, West Bloomfield, St. Clair Shores and Pontiac. Membership is free, and open to knitters/crocheters of all skill levels, and those interested in learning. (What a great way to meet new yarn buddies!)

Detroit News Columnist Jocelynn Brown is a longtime Metro Detroit crafter. You can reach her at (313) 222-2150, jabrown@detroitnews.com or facebook.com/DetroitNewsHandmade.

Contact the Detroit Knitting and Crochet Cub at (313) 354-5816, or on Facebook. Email: leighangela1@yahoo.com.

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