TKGA membership?

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Are any of you members of the TKGA? (The Knitting Guild Assocation;  I've considered membership off and on for a few years now but I've never done it.  I have and am still considering doing their master knitter  certification program.  What are your thoughts on this?  IMHO, the TKGA is decidedly woman centered, but I guess I should tell us all something we wouldn't already know.

I have to agree with JPaul.

I have to agree with JPaul. The TKGA is a long way to go for validation. I have a friend who is a member because she wants to design, and she has heard that a Master Knitter certificate from them will open up a few doors. I trust her opinion and her ability to do research, so if you're planning a career in knitting, then serious consideration might be worth it. Personally, I'm happy with my books and knitting for myself and friends, and I have no aspirations to make money off my knitting, so I won't be joining. And like Groucho Marx, I wouldn't want to join a club that would have me as a member!


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I joined the TKGA several

I joined the TKGA several years ago when it was still called The Knitting Guild of America.  It's now called The Knitting Guild Association.  I joined with the intent of doing the Master program which I ordered, but never completed.  It was a bit cheaper then, as well.  I think it was $75 for Level I.  It's now up to $90.  In the past, if you ordered the program and didn't complete it, you could request the updated materials free of charge if a significant amount of time had passed and you hadn't finished (or in my case, started) working on your swatches.  I don't know if that's still the case.

There are 3 levels to the Master program and you have to complete them all (at a minimum cost of $285, plus membership to the TKGA for however many years it takes to complete the program and the cost for yarn and postage and your already in for at least $350.  Granted, it's not paid all at once and it's an educational program, but I wish level I was cheaper.  $90 to have someone tell me that I can do a decent job of 1x1 ribbing?  I'm not saying I won't ever do it, but at this point I have other places I'd rather spend that $90.  I think Level I should be significantly less expensive.

I was reading some blog entries by others who have completed the program and thought these two entries sort of highlight an interesting contrast.  One knitter, having passed, said it was a nice feeling to know that she could knit well, at least at a basic level.  It bothered me to read that.  Don't spend the $90 if what you're looking for is validation. 

Compare that to the knitter who said that, prior to the course, she had never examined her knitting so thoughtfully.  I like that.  I like to look at my knitting critically and thoughtfully, and I think if the program makes you do that, it's probaby money well spent.  Your bound to learn something if you do the work.

99% of their members are women so, yes, that will tend to be their focus.  Does that have any bearing on your decision to take the course?   Here's a link to some additional demographics.

TKGA gets some bad press, mostly because they call themselves a non-profit organization but appear to be a business.  I don't know how much of it is warranted.  There are reasonable arguments on both sides of the debate, but I haven't made up my mind, yet, where I stand.   I'd be interested to hear about anyone elses experience with the master knitter program.

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Bill's picture

I joined last

I joined last January...after " Stitches".... because I like their magazine!

I have never heard of this.

I have never heard of this. I found and volunteered at the Knit IN in Union Sq. last September after having attended a weekend course at F.I.T here in Manhattan. I'm now working through my 30 hours volunteer teaching knitting to become certified. Plus it's free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Actually, I just decided to

Actually, I just decided to join our local knitters guild here in Tulsa. I'm not sure what to expect but it affords me a 15% discount at the local shops. I'll ask tomorrow when I attend the first meeting as to their opinion of the national one and let you know!