Pinnacle of Her Craft

A Peoria woman is one of just eight people in Illinois to have attained Master Knitter status.

This sweater was the final project in the Master Knitting certification process, representing several knitting techniques. Young keeps her “tools of the trade,” at right, organized by category.

Knitting requires sharp thinking, deft motor skills, and lots of time to develop and master a range of different techniques. As a lifelong knitter, Diedre Young of Peoria knows this firsthand and finds the craft beneficial to her well-being as a whole. Each day she carves out time to knit—“regardless of what else may be going on”—typically an hour in the morning before work, and occasionally after. She even takes her knitting on the road so she has a token to remember her travels. It has a “calming effect,” she explains, which belies the lengths she went to in order to become certified as a Master Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA). Read the rest of the article here.

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