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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Some of you noticed my new button in my blogring section (the one that for some reason isn't showing up right now, I hope you can see it, I think it's pretty cool looking). I've decided to finally take the plunge and go through the TKGA Master Knitters program. It's a correspondance course in which they give you knitting assignments and you return them for critique. I've wanted to do this for a long time, and kept putting it off. But several things are occurring that make me want to do this very much, and since I always give myself a birthday gift each year (it's the only way to be 100% sure of my happiness) I figured I'd give myself the first level of the course this year.
Studying
I've finally made contact with the woman who wants me to work on those stockings for her family. She'll pay me probably too little for the amount of work, but a nice chunk nonetheless, and she's trying to be fair, and seems to be easy to get along with.
Christmas Fireplace
In addition, another friend gave my name to a woman who wants yarn spun from the fur of her daughter's dog, who just had to be put down from cancer. They also seem understanding and patient, and the idea of memorializing a pet like that is near and dear to my heart, and it will be an interesting challenge.
Dog 6
And on top of that, I'll be teaching at least one class (in Knitting with Wire) at a new shop (Crazy For Ewe) a bit from me.
Teacher
So that's work knitting, work spinning, and work teaching knitting. Not too shabby. Certainly not enough to make a complete career switch, but it's a start, right?
Go Team
And so I was thinking that, particularly if I'm going to do more teaching, I'd like to have credentials, or at least feel like I do, to build my confidence in teaching others a bit. Since I'm feeling pretty out of control in my life as far as career, home environment (with the perpetually-travelling-husband), my country (politics have me in nightsweats now), this is something I can control, at least to an extent. So there you have it. The stuff is ordered, and I'll start it when it comes in or after the Knitters Review Retreat, whichever happens second, and I'm on the road to being a Master Knitter!
Smiley University

9 Comments:

Blogger xmasberry said...

Yeah! Good for you. That should be very interesting!

5:43 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Amie, how exciting to read about your new adventures. Wow, you have a full plate for the next few months. I would love to hear more about this knitting with wire class. That is something that I am pretty interested in. This is the new store in Columbia, right?

I look forward to hearing more about all of this... good luck with all of the TKGA stuff!

8:07 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Congrats, Rose!

I want to do this too but know I'm not ready yet. I believe it was Bess that did the first level and posted information about it in KR.

Please share how it goes.

I'm thinking I'll try it once I'm a little more confident and have a little more experience under my belt.

Good Luck! I'm sure you're going to do a wonderful job!

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started that TKGA master knitter program this summer. I've done the first three swatches but stalled there. Maybe now I'll get going again, knowing there's someone else doing it too. Linda

8:48 PM  
Blogger ann said...

Yay for you!! I think it's great that you are doing the TKGA program (something I'm a bit too intimidated to try!!).

My family also has a Christmas stocking tradition - luckily we have two knitters to churn them out! Ours are a Grace Ennis design -- http://www.grkp.com/1932.pdf

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent. i've wanted to try the master knitter program too. i can't wait to hear how it goes. i'll probably try the program next year.

carolyn
sobsister.typepad.com

9:47 AM  
Blogger erica said...

Good luck on the TKGA first level! The report is what took me the longest. They really are nit-picky (no pun intended) about your swatches, if you do one more row than it says in the directions, you have to do it over.

I've stalled half-way through level 2. I can knit the swatches, I just always feel like it. And knitting the argyle sock is scaring me.

I look forward to reading about your progress.
erica

2:53 PM  
Blogger Elayne said...

I've no doubt you'll fly through it! My #1 tip..."read everything VERY carefully". I'm stalled about half way through Level 2 and need the nudge from you all to get it "done".

10:12 AM  
Blogger Risë said...

I think it's great you're doing the TKGA program. I've considered it lately but think I'll wait a bit so that I can concentrate more on my spinning.

Thanks for all the lovely comments you've left on my blog lately.

Alpaca Hugs

1:41 PM  

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