TKGA membership?

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.

Gabriel's picture

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!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Bill's picture

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

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JPaul's picture

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.

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!