Last October I became a member of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) so that I could enroll in the Master Knitting Program. This non-competitve achievement program has three levels of skill and you must complete each level in order to graduate to the next. The program is made up of sample swatches to knit, questions to answer and a research project. After you have completed all the assignments your work is submitted to a Master Knitting Committee for review. The committee checks over your work and returns swatches to you that may have been knit incorrectly and offers constructive criticism. Ideally, you will not have to reknit anything. If everything is up to speed then you will graduate and can enroll in the next level.
A quest for knowledge is part of my personality and because of this I will most likely be a student for life. This quest is what makes the Master Knitting Program very appealing to me, right up my alley. But, as I’ve talked to other knitters and told them about the program I’ve had a variety of reactions. A few thought it great idea and a worthwhile pursuit. Many thought it ridiculous to have a ‘committee’ evaluate your work. And still others thought it a worthwhile pursuit but were content to find the answers whenever they encountered a problem and didn’t see the need to go through a ‘program’ and put forth the hard work it will take to complete.
Okay, so what is up with those pink swatches with tags? The first three swatches were to test your ability to knit ribbing, garter, stockinette and seed stitch with an even tension. I also had to place some increases after the ribbing evenly and without interfering with the ribbing pattern. I hope thes swatches pass the test.
Next up – working on increases.