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Master Knitter Monday

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.

My Level 3 MHK sweater.


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!

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Master Knitter Monday

I’m starting something I’m calling Master Knitter Monday today! I’ll share tidbits about my MHK journey, knitting tips and tricks, info about what makes a Master Knitter, and more!

What is a Master Hand Knitter? A Master Knitter is someone who has completed all three levels of the TKGA Master Hand Knitter certification program. (BTW, there are no “level 1 Master Knitters,” you are not a MHK until you complete all three levels and earned your pin.) The levels all have swatches to complete that demonstrate different techniques, research reports to write, book/magazine reviews to write, patterns to write, questions to answer, and projects to complete. The levels increase in difficulty and work – level one starts with the most basic knitting skills and eases you into pattern writing with one small pattern. You work a mitten as the project and write a report on blocking. Level 2 focuses on finishing techniques, and level 3 focuses on more advanced knitting techniques. You get to put all of these skills to the test by designing an original sweater and hat (and writing the patterns for them) in level 3.

If you’re interested and would like more info, check out the MHK page at TKGA.org. (https://tkga.org/certification/master-hand-knitting/)

Have you heard of the TKGA MHK program before? Maybe started it? (or finished it and are a MHK!) I’d love to hear from you!!

Next week I’ll share a little bit about my own personal journey.
Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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I’m a certified Tech Editor!

I finished the TKGA Tech Editor certification course – I am now a certified Tech Editor! Pop over to my Services page if you are interested in hiring me as a Tech Editor for your next pattern or patterns! 🙂 The course was fantastic, and Sharon (the instructor) is a wonderful mentor, so it is well worth the time and money – and holds up to the high TKGA standards one expects.

I forgot to tell you last time – I had a pattern in the August K2Tog Newsletter from the TKGA, Neon Plain Socks. These are simple cuff-down socks with a heel-flap heel – the heel flap has a twist on the usual eye-of-partridge pattern. Check out last month’s newsletter if you’re interested! Not a member of the TKGA?  Why ever not??  There are lots of benefits to being a member, including the K2Tog newsletter and Cast On issues and discounts on correspondence courses. You really should join. 🙂

I think I’ve decided to steek and work a gusset in the arm-holes of my sweater that I posted last time. I just haven’t had the time to work on it yet but when I do it I will fully document what I do and walk you through it!

I’m hard at work on a couple of patterns – one is a sweater/tee and one is a pair of socks. You’ll see the sweater next Spring, and you’ll see the socks in a couple of months. 🙂 There are also a couple of submission calls out that are right up my alley, so I’m working on submissions for those as well…. I’m a busy gal!

Next week is the Georgia Fiber Festival, and I’m teaching there! It should be a lot of fun, so hopefully I’ll see some of you there! I’ll do a post afterwards (and maybe one or two during it as well!) so that if you can’t join me there you can see how much fun we had! 🙂

Oh – and I have a new logo thanks to my mother!  (Thanks Mom!) How do you like it? It think it’s world’s better than my previous one, and I’m slowly rolling it out to all the places where my logo shows up…

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

 

 

 

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Fiber Frolic was a blast!

This last weekend I was one of the instructors at the Carolina Fiber Frolic.  I had so much fun!!  I taught 5 classes:  Fair Isle, Steeking, Socks a la Carte, Thrummed Mittens, and A Sampling of Short Rows.

I was a good teacher and got pictures from my first day of classes, but then I was a bad teacher and got no more pictures the rest of the weekend!!  Oops!

Thursday night we had the chance to go visit the Bascom and see Charles Gandy’s art installation ‘Beyond the Sock’.  It was a real treat to see him again and to have him talk to us about his socks and the art show.  If you live anywhere nearby you should definitely go check it out!!
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This one is my favorite – I love the twigs!
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I took several more photos, check out my Flickr album if you wish to look at them!

The other two instructors for the weekend were Kate Larson and Jerry Spears.  I really wish I could have taken one or more of their classes!  But I was teaching all the available class slots and had no free spots to take classes myself!

My Fair Isle class did really well knitting their hats:

Fair Isle class

And my Steeking students took those scissors to their knitting with gusto!

Steeking class

I wish I had gotten photos from my other classes!  The socks class was designed for a wide range of experience levels, and it seemed to go very well!  And the Thrummed Mitten class was just fun.  The Short Rows class was fun, too!

Now I’m looking ahead to July and the conference in Charleston.  Registration for it should open tomorrow!!  Come join me there if you can!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

 

Oh wait – I forgot!  I wanted to point you all – especially those of you going through the Master Knitting program – to this link!  The Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast covered knitting history!  It might come in handy for research for the Level 2 report (especially the list of references given).  But even for non-MK students, it is very interesting listening!  Check it out!

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My biggest and best FO, EVER

Well, no more waiting for me!  I’m the newest TKGA Master Knitter!  This is the culmination of 7 years of hard work (not consistently – the first 5 were off and on, but the last 2 were pretty much dedicated exclusively to the MK work.)

My resubmits should get back to me in the next few days, but my co-chair was kind enough to email me my letter so I wouldn’t have to wait to find out.

I am filled with so many emotions right now – joy, relief, pride, amazement, disbelief.  I think it will take me a little while to get use to it. 😀

I am SO looking forward to the TKGA conference in July.  I’ll be able to stand on stage with so many accomplished knitters (and friends) and get my pin along with them.  It’ll be amazing, I just know it.

Thank you to my readers – you’ve been wonderful cheerleaders and supporters!  Stick around, I’m only just getting started!! 😀

As always, HAPPY knitting!!