FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is The Knitting Guild Association located?

We are a global non-profit organization that helps knitters all over the world. We do not have a central office. The members of the board of directors, co-chairs and committee members are all certified Master Knitters who help other knitters improve their knitting skills through correspondence courses and online assistance. You can contact us at info@tkga.org, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and our Ravelry group.

 

Why do you not have an address or phone number on the website?

We are a global, volunteer run organization that is completely virtual (many of us have never met in person). We have no physical office. TKGA’s only contact is: info@tkga.org.

Any other phone number or address you find is actually the personal home phone and address of a TKGA volunteer. Out of respect to our volunteers, please do not contact them at their home; please use info@tkga.org.

If you would like to mail a check to us, please email info@tkga.org and we will provide the personal home address of one of our board members. If you really want to talk to someone, please send us an email at info@tkga.org (with your time zone) and a volunteer will call you. However, we do ask that you first search the TKGA website. It will answer most every question. We constantly update it as we get more member feedback.

We haven’t wanted to spend our members’ dues on a phone service when the money can go toward furthering educational and technical pursuites for our members. Understandably, none of our volunteers want to have their personal phone number or address on the website where we could (and do) get calls from every time zone at all hours of the day and night. Yes, if you try really hard you can find a phone number, but it is the personal home number of a volunteer.

Please help us in this matter. Our volunteers give up much personal time, effort, and knitting time to take care of members.

I’m selling yarn, knitting machines, old patterns, boxes of knitting things from a relative, etc. Are you interested in buying it or can you tell your members?

Since we do not have a physical office, we cannot store yarn or patterns. If you’re looking to donate items, please consider donating yarn to a local retirement or nursing home, school or community center. Some other options include:

Selling or buying yarn:

https://www.ravelry.com/groups/iso-and-destash-of-yarn

(Note: this group also provides links to about a dozen other more specialized buying and selling groups, such as for handspun yarns, knitting books, etc.)

Selling or buying knitting machines and other equipment:

https://www.ravelry.com/groups/browse/show/used-tools–equipment-classifieds

https://www.ravelry.com/groups/machine-knitting—sales-and-swaps

https://www.craigslist.org/about/sites

Buying or selling vintage yarn/patterns:

https://www.ravelry.com/groups/all-things-vintage

https://www.ravelry.com/groups/vintage-yarn-collectors

 

I’m trying to find a pattern for a particular stitch. Can you help me find it?

The internet has made finding stitch patterns easier than ever before. Ravelry has an extensive database of patterns from books, magazines, pamphlets, webzines, and self-published online patterns. To use their database, visit www.Ravelry.com and look up patterns, click on the Advanced Pattern Search and narrow down the results by clicking on the attributes. A great resource is any of the books by Barbara Walker, starting with Treasury of Knitting Patterns:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0942018168/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

 

I’m having a hard with my knitting project. Can you help me?

With knitting, it’s so much easier to have someone look at your work. If you do not have another knitter to consult, you may be able to take your project into your local yarn shop and see if someone can help. If you need assistance with finishing, knitting techniques, etc, consider enrolling in one of our knitting correspondence courses. https://tkga.org/education/correspondence-courses/ If you are a member and have a question that can be answered via email, please feel free to email us at info@tkga.org.

 

What size needle should I use for my project?

Please visit https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/hooks-and-needles

 

I want someone to knit something for me.

To reach knitters for hire, if you’re on Instagram enter #knittersforhire or #sampleknitters to connect with knitters who do contract work. Below are links to Ravelry groups that you might find helpful:

https://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-testing-pool

https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/indy-pattern-designers-resources/66755/1-25

https://www.ravelry.com/groups/pattern-testing-threads

 

I want to buy a pattern from a past Cast On magazine but I am not a member. Can I purchase a single pattern?

As a benefit of membership, patterns are available exclusively to our members for one year. In addition, members have unlimited access to download any pattern from any issue of Cast On as long as they are members, even past the first year. We do not sell individual patterns. Our status as a nonprofit organization has restrictions on our ability to generate revenue that is not related to our mission. We also contract with designers to have the sole access to the pattern for a year and ability to make the pattern available to members after that. If the pattern is older than one year, you should contact the designer on Ravelry.

 

I do marketing, knitting, consulting, photography, public relations, you name it. Can you post something for me on your website or Facebook?

We do not open our member database to solicitations. We also do not take any paid advertising.

 

My organization is having an event, meeting or fundraiser. Could you post our event to your members?

If you are a member of an affiliate guild and have at least 2 months advance notice, please email your event to info@TKGA.org with a request to list your event in our monthly newsletter K2TOG.

 

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