We all know people who we look up to as being skilled at their craft, but we may not know what goes into officially becoming an Excellent or a Master craftsperson.
Our very own Guild member, Nancy Simet, has earned the title of Master Hand Knitter from The Knitting Guild Association. She shared her journey, along with binders filled with swatches, as part of our February program.
Guild member, Nancy Simet, shares two projects from Level III of the Master Hand Knitter program.
Nancy became interested in the Master Hand Knitter program after retiring from her career as a chemistry teacher. As self-taught knitter, she was curious whether she was using knitting techniques properly and wanted to know what else she could learn to expand her knitting repertoire. Also for this educator, credentials are important.
There are three levels to complete when becoming a Master Hand Knitter. Each level requires reports, swatches, questions to answer, projects, and references used. Level III also requires book and magazine reviews.
Once Nancy decided to start the program, she viewed it as her new new job and devoted eight or more hours a day working through each level. Once a level is completed, the work is evaluated by a Master Hand Knitter Committee. Feedback is given and swatches can be redone until mastery is achieved. Only then may the next level be started. When all three levels have been completed, the graduate receives a certificate and a pin.
Nancy feels becoming a Master Knitter has benefited her knitting. Even the little things learned along the way have made a big difference in her finished projects and her knitting speed.
Once an educator, always an educator is true of Nancy. She is currently a member of the Master Hand Knitter Committee and helps evaluate and give feedback to others as they move through the process of becoming Master Hand Knitters.
Nancy highly recommends that knitters become members of The Knitting Guild Association. A $30 membership will give access to the group’s digital magazine, Cast On, which focuses on knitting education.
Thanks, Nancy, for sharing the inspiring story of your journey and being a wonderful resource for Guild members.
To learn more about The Knitting Guild Association and the Master Hand Knitters program click here.
This Fair Isle style hat was one of Nancy’s Level III projects.
A close up photo shows some of the cables Nancy chose for the Aran style requirement of Level III.
The Handweavers Guild of America offers Certificates of Excellence in weaving, spinning, basketry and dyeing. Glen Davison prepared a detailed PowerPoint presentation outlining the rigorous requirement for earning a COE in weaving. Karen Agee researched the COE in spinning. Unfortunately she was unable to attend the meeting, and Nancy presented her notes. Karen and Glenn ordered the COE handbooks for spinning and weaving which will be added to our library.
To learn more about the HGA’s certification programs click here.