Why this journey?

I've been retired now for over a year. Husband has been sick but is now doing quite well with new pacemaker. I continue to knit and knit and crochet. Recently I became friends again with my sewing machine so you will see some of those projects, too. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thuh Notebook

Thuh Notebook is my entry into the TKGA knitting designation process.  As for scoring, who knows.  There is no baseline and who knows what work will equate to a pass or fail outcome.  I will have to wait and see.  But first I have to assemble all the items in just the proper fashion, as dictated by the you-won't-believe-how-precise-they-are instructions.

  • All the swatches are complete and have been blocked.
  • I've got the 2" notebook.
  • Each swatch has an accompanying page with specified information included.
  • Each swatch has a tag labeling it as mine and identifying the technique worked in the swatch.
  • Swatch and info sheet go together into a plastic page protector.

I created business cards with my demographic data on the front side,
including the URL for my blog.
The back side of the cards identifies the technique
worked in the swatch.  Swatches are numbered according to
TKGA instructions.

After blocking, the swatches look so much nicer.  Here's just one of them, inserted into plastic page protector along with info sheet.  
This is Swatch 1, with tag in upper left corner of knitting.
Swatch, tag, and info sheet into page protector.
Then into Thuh Notebook.
All the info sheets are done, just waiting for the last of the swatches to dry on the blocking board.

Info sheets for each swatch, plus one for the hat.
I'm beginning to see the final package forming itself into a nice presentation to TKGA.  If you've ever done a science project, a research or theme paper, or even a book review, Thuh Notebook process would be quite familiar.  Lots and lots of details and lots of places where you can miss a typo, or forget a bibliography cite, or confuse a page with its swatch.

When I started this journey I heard about a woman who did the entire thing in three weeks!  Whew!  I think I would not have enjoyed such a speedy trip.  I'm also fairly certain that my final product would have suffered in the quality area, either in knitting or in Thuh Notebook.

Remember those mistakes in reading the instructions -- the every other right side row instead of every right side row?  Careful re-reading and study got me back on track.  I'm applying that same principle -- careful reading and re-reading -- to create Thuh Notebook as a stellar example of exceptional work.

Meanwhile, the Strolling Mitts are done.  Just need a bit of steam to even things out and give them that finished look.  
I think they look like saguaro cacti.  Just need to
see Spike from Peanuts sitting in the shade.
 Thuh Notebook will be in the mail by the end of next week.  Then we wait . . .


  1. Becky, I know this will probably be the most thoroughly perfect THUH notebook they have ever received. You are a winner!!!!

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