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Jen and I have stalled out on our Master Knitting progress, and it’s time to reboot!  We would love some company — read all about it, then come join us!

What is the Master Knitting Program?
It’s an independent study course administered by The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA).  There are three levels, loosely defined as beginner, intermediate, and advanced.  The knitting itself isn’t particularly difficult — it’s the personal investment you’ll feel with each swatch you knit, and the reflection and thought required for each component.  All levels require several swatches, research on knitting techniques and history, and final projects.  Your work is submitted as a portfolio for review by current Master Knitters who evaluate it, then send it on to a co-chair of the Master Knitting Committee for final review.  It’s an incredibly thorough process, and the feedback is truly phenomenal!

Why become a Master Knitter?
It’s a fantastic personal challenge.  There are fewer than 300 names listed on TKGA’s website under Master Hand Knitters!  Along the way, we’ve been amazed at how much our knitting has improved — small things like finishing details and perfect buttonholes to larger changes like even tension, eliminating gutters in ribbing and cables, and writing patterns!  The program trains you to look at your knitting in a new way, with an eye to perfecting your technique and elevating your workmanship.  It’s a very traditional approach to preserving the integrity of knitting and turning out true masters of the craft.  We are so proud to be part of it!

Want to try it out yourself?
Stop in to Sage Yarn to see Jen’s Level I binder, and cheer her on as she perfects her Level II submission.  It’s really inspiring to see the work in person!  Then, hop on over to TKGA’s site and sign up!  You’ll need to become a member of the guild before you can register to begin Level I.  Membership comes with a subscription to Cast On magazine, and you’ll also have access to free patterns and an archive of articles related to the Master Knitting Program.  There’s also an official TKGA group on Ravelry, and in our experience, everyone is really friendly! Finally, buy a HUGE binder, a bunch of page protectors, and some smooth, worsted-weight yarn like Cascade 220Sage Yarn is proud to offer a 10% discount on materials for the TKGA Master Knitter program — just let us know!

Let’s go even further!
We’ve been considering the possibility of creating a local TKGA guild chapter with regular monthly meetings, educational events, charity projects, and Master Knitting support.  Forming a local chapter would give us access to exclusive TKGA resources including patterns, instructional resources, and educational programs.  Please note that participation in the Master Knitting Program is not a requirement of guild membership.  If you’re interested in learning more about creating a local knitting guild, chime in below!