Well, I did it. I signed up for the Level 1 Master Hand Knitters program. This program is no joke. It requires 17 knitted swatches and a project. You also have to write a paper, and answer a series of knitting-related questions and provide resources and a bibliography. For a self-taught knitter like me who has learned new skills on an as-needed basis by project, this program is just what I need. I have already found that that “On Your Way to the Masters” articles from Cast On magazine have a wealth of information that takes you beyond just following instructions, to understanding the why behind the instructions. I believe you can get access to these articles just by joining the Knitting Guild Association for the year. Ravelry also has a very active TKGA Masters group made up of other knitters like me who have taken on this challenge. The group provides information and support. Wish me luck and join me on this journey if you like.