On Tuesday, I mailed off my portfolio for Level 1 of the Knitting Guild's Master Hand Knitting program. I await their judgment. Once received, the portfolio will be sent to several expert knitters to look at and critique. They will then ship it back to me and have me redo anything that isn't quite right. I sent a cover letter indicating that I'm left-handed and therefore knit "backwards" from most knitters. I wonder if they'll be able to tell.
I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, but I wanted to give you some idea of what went into completing level 1, and I am not the expert photographer in the family. These pictures were taken with inadequate lighting, and by the time Drew realized what I had done, I'd already packed up the box and mailed it off. So, no photo redos. Anyways, the program dictated that I complete 16 swatches. Each swatch is meant to show competency in one or more skills, including ribbing, increasing, decreasing, cables, joining yarn, etc. I also completed 14 questions pertaining to the skills learned knitting the swatches, plus a short report on blocking, and detailed knitting directions for a cable pattern of my choice (see single swatch picture).
This all took longer than I anticipated, partly because I procrastinated, partly because each answer needed to be referenced. Well, mostly because I procrastinated. I'll have to wait a number of weeks now to see how I faired. Wish me luck!