I forgot to mention the other day that I will continue to offer monthly clinics for people working through the Master Hand Knitting program. These clinics are a way for knitters to get support for their work, to set monthly goals (if that helps them), and to learn techniques in the program they may not have known previously.
During the fall, I offer these clinics on the third Saturday of the month from noon-2pm. The rest of the year, they're on the 4th Saturday. That seems to work out best for avoiding major holidays.
The Master Hand Knitting program is a three-level correspondence course offered by The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA). It's an educational program, and the time to complete any given level is unlimited. Each level consists of swatches that demonstrate particular techniques (with questions associated with the swatches and techniques), reports and/or reviews, as well as projects. Design and pattern writing is also covered. As you complete each level, you send it in to a committee who reviews your work and then each swatch/project/question/report/pattern is reviewed and is either accepted, or subject to resubmission. Once everything has been accepted, and you've passed the level, you can get the instructions for the next level. You can find out more about the program on TKGA's website. The Education menu has a link to the Master's Program page.
I have found the program to be an invaluable learning experience. It's not for everyone, and not everyone who starts with Level I will want to see the whole program through to the end. Whether your goal is to simply be a better knitter, or to be able to design your own garments (to sell patterns or not), or because you have an obsessive need to learn all about something that your enjoy doing, you may find the program fits with your goals as a knitter.