I finally made the decision (as in, bought the tickets & hotel room) to go to the annual Knit and Crochet show which will be in San Diego this July. It’s jointly sponsored by the crochet and knitting guilds. I can’t even express how excited I am about this. I am particularly looking forward to meeting a few amazing and talented designers who I’m lucky enough to call “friends” online.
When I joined the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) last year, I learned that they also offer a masters program / certification called the CGOA Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques. I had waffled back and forth all year on whether or not to take the class. I knew it would involve a lot of time (always in short supply), and I am still secretly worried that my crochet skills won’t quite measure up.
Recently, I found out from a friend that there is a pinning ceremony at the show, where those who have successfully completed the certification can receive their pins. That sounds so exciting, and was all the incentive I needed. I don’t know when I’ll be able to go to another show, so if I’m going to do the masters program, I really need to do it this year. So I am.
I ordered the digital course materials last week, put aside everything else yarn related so I could focus on this, and have just yesterday finished working up all the required swatches. I found it a lot of fun, and easier than I thought it would be! I can’t show you any of the swatches or materials though, that’s against the rules. So here’s some gratuitous yarn porn instead. Isn’t it pretty? *drool*
Anyway, back to the swatches – I still have to weave in some ends, answer some questions, and put the finished portfolio together…but I should have it all ready to mail out for grading by Monday (or as soon as I get the OK to send it). I don’t know if there’s a waiting list, or how long it currently is. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it goes quickly, and that I pass the first time, so that I can get my pin at the show. Wish me luck!