Wow. This was one of the two best things I’ve done besides learning to knit in the first place. The first of the two was attending men’s knitting retreats. The second is attending this show/convention/conference. I joined TKGA (The Knitting Guild Association) about a year ago. I’d already been a member of CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) for a while but had never been active in it.
I joined TKGA right after learning about it from Charles Gandy, a master knitter I met at the first annual Men’s Southeast Knitting Retreat. He had just finished the Master Knitter Program with TKGA and told us all about it at the retreat. He’s a true southern gentleman as well as an excellent knitter and designer. His book on socks breaks out of the usual dull sock paradigm. (Not that I think knitting any kind of sock is dull.) Gandy’s sock book takes socks as art to a new level. Check it out!
So finally in August of 2012 I signed up for the Master Knitter Program myself. It’s not very expensive and there is no time limit. The TKGA website is FULL of great articles and help and there is a Ravelry group available for knitters to help each other figure things out. But nothing compares to being able to sit and talk with as well as be taught by members of the review committee. None of the committee members receive compensation for reviewing the work of candidates but here they were the first day of the TKGA conference holding an all-day “Day with the Masters” program. And help us, they did!