wrapping 50 balls of 8 ply yarn around a giant metallic ball that is public art, and not be thought of as crazy or get arrested. But alas, this did happen in 2010. Not only that, but I have been fortunate enough to be asked to speak publicly on my craft endeavors alongside a panel of other successful women, taught numerous people to cast on their very first stitch and a lot of them I even taught to cast off! People of all ages, genders, backgrounds and beliefs have shared stories about how or where they learned to knit, who taught them and that they would love to try again but just don't have the time. I listen and absorb it all.My experience with knitting so far has taken me places that I could never have asked for let alone planned for. It's not everyday that you get to lead 30 some people into
But what does a knitter do when the steam runs out? Don't worry, dear reader, I have thankfully I overcame this earth shaking period in my fibrous life. It all began when I felt that I couldn't find knitting patterns that I was really keen to make. Followed by a dose of dry knitting blogs and a lack of general interest for trying really hard to milk a dry cow. But soon I realised the problem wasn't the sources of inspiration, it was me. I hadn't realised that my problem was that I didn't want to recreate knitted garments that were already made, I wanted to make my own. So I did...and sorta failed. Well, in all fairness to me I wrote a baby sock pattern in five sizes and had it tested. But that's it. Never tried to move past that line...of publishing.
Why? Why couldn't I? Well, sadly, my pattern just didn't feel good enough. Didn't feel professional enough. I just didn't have the skills. Enter TKGA. The Knitting Guild of America Master Knitting Program. The minute I heard mention of this course in Stephanie Pearl McPhee's The Free Range Knitter, I knew I'd found my path. Finally a place where a girl like me, a knitter who seeks guidance and constructive criticism can mail her swatches to. Somewhere with guidelines and projects to hand in. Something that takes longer than a weekend to complete. I have found a knitting school.
I have been working on level 1 of the Master Knitting Course since Decemeber 2011. I endeavor to complete level 1 by the end of 2012 with 4 hours of study a week. My end goal, after level 3 is to be able to design knitting patterns and eventually create knitting books and then take over the world. Just kidding! World domination comes much later. I must say, I have been very impressed with the depth of knowledge I have gained from analysing my own work mixed with fantastic guidance and support from the TKGA crew. This is a path that I encourage knitters who want more from this art to undertake. Test yourself and enjoy the amazing creations that fall off the tips of your needles.
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