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28 December 2012 @ 04:17 pm
is this thing on?  
For Christmas, I was given a set of TKGA Master Knitter Level 1 Certification Instructions. (By my request. I've been meaning to do it for years, but could never bring myself to actually sign up for it. I hope none of my family members would have been so mean as to sign me up for it without advance authorization.)

Whew. It looks intense. It almost looks like I will need to forget I know how to knit and start over as though I were a clueless newbie - I know I have several of the problems they've mentioned they will explicitly look for in the sample swatches (rowing out/reverse side gutters in stockinette stitch, distorted stitches in cables, uneven knit stitches in 2x2 ribbing, uneven selvedge stitches...).

The end result of the process will be that I put 16 swatches, a mitten, and a research paper into a box and mail it off, get them all back with a letter informing me that I'm grossly incompetent and need to do it again, lather, rinse, repeat, hopefully with fewer swatches needing reknitting every time, until either I'm a Certified Level 1 Knitter or I decide I'm happy with my current level of incompetence. Getting there, on the other hand, will be a learning process, and I felt as though I should journal it in some way, in more depth than Ravelry or Facebook would make possible. And then I remembered this online journal that I hadn't touched in years...

So...here goes the (re)start of the journal, and the start of the Masters process for me. Wish me luck, and please sacrifice to the yarn gods on my behalf if you're so inclined. I think I'm going to need all the juju I can get my hands on...
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