For Master Knitter Monday today I’ll tell you a little bit about my own Master Hand Knitting journey.
I first heard about the TKGA MHK program in 2007, and signed up as soon as I found out about it! I passed level 1 in 2009 (two small children and life in general slowed me down) and signed up for level 2 as soon as I passed level 1. Level 2 is much more challenging (and life still got in my way!) so it took me until spring 2013 to pass level 2. By the time I completed level 2 I was bound and determined to finish level 3! So I worked diligently (almost my only knitting was on MHK things during this time) and passed level 3 and became a Master Knitter in June of 2014.
2014 was a banner year for me! I became a Master Knitter, was asked to serve on the MHK Committee, and had my first pattern printed in a print publication (Leaf and Trellis Socks in Cast On magazine November 2014).
I credit earning my Master Knitter certification with opening many doors for me. Most of all, it gave me the confidence to pursue avenues I had absolutely no clue were possibilities for me way back in 2007 when I began my MHK journey. Another added benefit – I have met and become friends with other Master Knitters who are also some of the best people on the planet. I’ve been able to give back to the knitting community by being involved with TKGA (a fantastic organization that I am proud to be a part of) – and consider my fellow TKGA board members, Co-Chairs and MHK committee members as dear friends.
Working through the MHK program has shaped me as a person, as a knitter, and as a teacher. I feel very strongly about education (the core purpose of TKGA) and have loved teaching knitters from all over the world. My absolute favorite feeling is when a knitter has that lightbulb moment and something clicks. Or I’ve helped them become more confident as a knitter and they come to me with some amazing project they’ve completed!
Do you have a Master Knitter journey? Please share it with me – I’d love to hear about it!
Until next time, Happy Knitting!