I’m finding out how much I don’t know about knitting. Oh, I know I’m a beginner. I decided to jump into this TKGA Master Knitting course and a Teaching certificate from them to better my knitting. This is great on one hand; on the other it is kicking my hind end and tying my brain in knots. I am re-learning how to research things and to write papers. That is one of the things doing my head in.
Then, there are the different questions, patterns, and swatches to be knit. Talk about a challenge! I’m loving it!! I have discovered over the last year or so that I apparently get bored while knitting something easy. Some of the easiest projects take me forever because I just don’t want to work on them. Now, if it is a challenge then I knit on them often because I’m trying to figure things out. So these certificates are a way of staying challenged.
I suppose I should back up a little. TKGA= The knitting guild of America They have a Master Knitter program that has 3 levels to it. You get 1 year to complete level 1. 18 months to complete level 2 and 2 years to complete level 3. I’m at the level 1 stage. I do not know if I will go on from here. I really don’t have aspirations of designing knit patterns. I simply want to improve my knitting.
In addition to the Master program the TKGA started a teaching certificate program. This one I am determined to complete. I would like to start teaching knitting classes and the research and questions and planning within this program is a great place to get those classes lined out. Several of the exercises are exactly the classes I want to teach. Some are not exactly, but are great for stretching my skills and abilities. So far, this is actually the program that is driving me the maddest. There are a couple of the questions that I am struggling with. It will come and I’m learning loads, but it is a struggle. It is actually reminding me a little bit of being in my high school physics class. I had a teacher that didn’t really teach so I had to study and learn it on my own. Interesting, but challenging and some days lots of hair gets pulled out.
I’d better get back to trying to sort some of this out…