I have made good progress with my TKGA Master HandKnitter Program Level II. I am still thinking about the vest, but I have completed several of the swatches. I have completed the cable ones, the pocket one, and the scoop neckline one. I got bogged down with the seam ones. It seems that seaming seed stitch is not at all easy to get invisible - nor is rib for that matter. Maybe I am making it harder than it is. Anyway TKGA have just started a new special Master's Program page on their site, and they have someone to answer questions on the message board. There is also the yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/masterknit-usa/ where participants can exchange experiences and advice.
When I have blocked my swatches, I will post pictures. I am quite pleased with most of them, but not the seam ones.
I finally got round to ordering yarn for Gary's shadow sweater. I decided to go for sport weight rather than the fingering called for in the pattern, and I will adjust stitch counts accordingly. I ordered from http://www.patternworks.com. It's Nature Spun sport in Charcoal, grey and latte. I guess I will have to wait a week or so for that to arrive, but that should give me a chance to complete the TKGA swatches. i think the colours will work well. They are not very exciting I know, but the shadow pattern should add all the necessary interest. I tried out the technique yesterday as I said I might and it is quite fascinating. I won't post a picture of my swatch - a) it went wrong half way through, very embarrassing - how difficult is it to count 10 stitches k, 10 stitches p?, b) it was in hideous colours unless you are a soccer goalie - bright green and yellow. Gary thought for a moment that they were the colours I was going to use and I could see him struggling to think of something nice to say! He was very relieved to discover I was just practicing.