The Part that Scares Me … aka Challenges Me

I’m doing the Knitting Masters from TKGA. Honest. It’s been almost 2 years since I ordered the instructions. I’ve put in maybe 6 hours of work. (And 20 of … research, including several hours reading the entire blog and YouTube channel of one of the committee co-chairs. Make that of two committee co-chairs, or past-co-chairs.)

I’ve found the bit that scares me. The research projects in levels 2 and 3. I just read the bibliography created by another master. Rough count is over 90 references by the time she finished all three levels.

Relax, just over 10 for level 1. But still in shock at the size of the list and some of the places she found things for the in-depth research into the history of a single style of knitting.

I’m happy following instructions, when the desired results are clearly stated. This includes swatches, calculations, and even the blocking report. That’s comfortable for me, even if it takes several tries. I don’t envy the earlier students who didn’t have all the great advice and pictures from committee members and had to check 3 or 4 books to find a consensus on the best way to do something. I’d be terrified the committee would prefer a different method or they’d use the same name for a different technique.

I also enjoy picking up random books about a subject. I even go in-depth for a few weeks out of interest, just wandering the library and the internet.

But focusing on one sub-topic long enough to do a comprehensive report? Interest books that cover things the author found interesting, not text books that take you through all the ins and outs of a topic? Ensuring most of the references are reliable and traceable, not just thrown up on the internet by someone who took a single class? Ordering book after book through inter-library loan and hoping this one will fill in the holes?

I’d never have thought of some of the places she found references. And it’s not just a matter of reading the same books she did. Yes, use some of them, but I suspect part of what they’re testing is our ability, and enthusiasm, to go off on our own, and our ability to bring back the good stuff.

Doable. Absolutely doable. Also outside my comfort zone. That’s probably a good thing.

I think one of my first steps with any level will be to get my subconscious working on the reports. That way, when I find something by serendipity, I’ll remember to take notes (at the very least “great information about … here”).

For now, though, “a journey of a thousand miles…” An hour of housework. An hour of paperwork. Then gauge swatches with the new yarn. (Didn’t I say something like that yesterday?)

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Yesterday I learned that I can mess up a basic homonym in a 63-word post. Today I learned I can’t spell homonym — but WordPress’s spellchecker can.

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