The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) has been certifying and recognizing Master Knitters since 1987, which puts skilled knitters to the test through a rigorous three skill level program requiring a minimum of three years. Since the program’s inception, only 355 knitters globally have shown the aptitude to be considered Master Knitters.
Ladianne Henderson, the owner of Cheers to Ewe, a yarn shop in Huntersville, NC., earned the distinction as a certified Master Knitter in 2018. Before opening the yarn shop, Henderson worked as an art teacher. She had grown up watching her mom knit, but it wasn’t until 12 years ago that she seriously took on the craft.
“I really enjoyed it, I loved that it’s a never-ending well of things to explore from math to science to art,” she says.
From Sheep to Shawl
In a world of synthetic materials and mass-produced, cheap goods, knitting is an industry that still values the quality of the process “from sheep to shawl.”
“We lost touch with the origin of our products,” says Henderson. “Knitting is unique in that you can follow [the process] from farm to yarn, to the pattern, to the making of the product.”
Since opening Cheers to Ewe in 2016, Henderson and her colleagues have provided knitters with high-quality yarn and supplies for beginners and masters alike. Not only can you outfit your knitting arsenal with the latest and greatest, but CTE also offers classes that teach you everything from the basics to advanced garment-making.
A Match Made in Knitting Heaven
According to Master Knitters like Henderson, “blocking” your knitting pieces allow you to accurately determine the gauge (Stitches/Inch) and make your projects look more polished and professional.
Blocking refers to the process of gently wetting your projects in order to size it into your desired dimension. This is commonly done by stretching the piece with pins to a foam block marked with a measurement grid.
This is how the We Sell Mats & Cheers to Ewe Blocking Mats partnership came to be. We carry a blocking mat with a 1-inch grid printed directly on our EVA foam for a fuss-free blocking experience. The mats can even interlock to accommodate long sleeves and scarves.
Master knitters like Henderson encourage all knitters, beginner, or experienced, to take their craft to the next level — because every stitch gets you closer to obtaining mastery.