Have you heard of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA)? Membership comes with a subscription to Cast On (which I don’t recall ever seeing). They offer correspondence courses and also a Masters Knitting Program. A couple of women in the local craft guild have done the first of three levels and are just starting on level two.
MASTER LEVEL I hand knitting
This is the first of three levels for hand knitting. Written instructions provide details for the following items you must complete and send for Committee Review. Unsatisfactory submissions may be returned for rework with constructive suggestions for improvement. You must pass Level I before purchasing Level II materials.
· Sixteen knitted samples: three swatches each of ribbing and basic stitches and gauge, mirrored increases and decreases, yarnovers, cables and color change.
· Seventeen questions to research and answer.
· One hat.
· Two-page report on blocking and care of knits.
MASTER LEVEL II hand knitting
This is the second of three levels for hand knitting. You must pass Level I before purchasing Level II materials.
Requirements to complete Level II include:
- Twenty-one knitting samples: seams, decreases, lace and cable patterns, buttonholes and pick up stitches.
- Nineteen questions to research and answer.
- One traditional argyle sock.
- One Fair Isle mitten.
- One vest.
- Four book reviews.
- Two-page report on the history of knitting.
After you complete level 3 (and spend $300) you get a pin. Yep, all that, and you get a pin. I know, you do it for the personal accomplishment and to learn. Actually, level 1 sounds doable and like I would learn a lot so it is oddly tempting. I’m hoping the women bring their level 1 work to the next meeting so I can see the samples. Never having done Fair Isle or intarsia, and not being too good at seaming yet, level II sounds too advanced for me at this point. I know I could learn and do it, but it doesn’t say “hey, you could do this” quite as much as level one.
I haven’t heard of this group from the long term guild people, although they are active in national weaving & spinning guilds. I also haven’t been hearing about it blogs (not that I have read knitting blogs much in months), so I wonder if this group is yet another subset of knitters—maybe not a group for me.