Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Up For the Challenge?

So you knit. That’s great! But have you really challenged yourself lately?

What’s that you say? You knit a gorgeous cabled Aran sweater for your now-ex-bf? You’ve tried your hand at intarsia?

Awesome.

But if you REALLY want a challenge, do what I'm doing. Take on the TKGA Master Hand Knitting Program.

What is it?

Well, it sounds simple:
  • knit up 16 swatches per the provided instructions;

  • write a report on a given topic related to knitting;

  • answer a bunch of questions (like a take-home quiz); and,

  • knit a final project.

Submit it in a three-ring binder and wait for the results.

It’s harder than it sounds.

The swatches must be PERFECT. Even tension, proper uses of cast-ons and bind-offs, proper use of various techniques such as increases, decreases and cables… my knitting had improved by the second swatch! What, you mean I have to pay attention to details?!? *gasp* And research everything? Oh, my. This sounds a lot like SCHOOL.

I’m only up to the 6th swatch (say THAT three times fast while I hold the umbrella) but I already know I’m glad to be taking this challenge. I know some of my swatches may come back with instructions to re-knit them, but that’s OK. Because I’ll benefit in the end. My knitting will improve and I might actually learn something!

Dare to join me? ;-)

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