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There are a number of decorative knotting groups in Japan:
- The Traditional Japanese Knots Association (日本結び文化学会)
- The Iida Mizuhiki Association (飯田水引). I believe that Iida is a region of Japan, and not a style of mizuhiki, although i suppose it could be both, but if it's just a region, then there are probably other mizuhiki organizations?

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At this point I was going to do an analysis of the THCA and ZGJ tests, then synthesize a program that combines the two... But then I (re) found the Japanese tests which I am now in the process of translating. Clearly, I'm going to need to create a spreadsheet.

In the meanwhile, here is a concordance of the test lists from the ZGJ perspective with the knots or projects without correlants left out for now.

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The THCA has a specifically labelled instructor or teacher test consisting mostly of hoop flowers (turks head mats) and hollow mystic knots with a few fun cloverleaf and mystic knot variants. The ZGJ set of tests cover perhaps a third of the (admittedly repetitious) content here. The ZGJ advanced test also sprints completely into the wilderness, relatively speaking, with complex and involved projects.

The THCA advanced test knots are exclusively pan chang/mystic knot variants. The compound knot section consist of two (2) more elaborate amphora knot variants.

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As you can see from the concordance section at the bottom, there is remarkably little intersection between the THCA and ZGJ intermediate tests. A few of ZGJ's intermediate items are in THCA's basic test but many more are in THCA's advanced test and instructor test. Much of the compound knot section of the THCA intermediate test is concerned with a larger knot capped by 2 square (4) cloverleaf knots with the side ears of the bottom cloverleaf combined with ears from the main knot into triangular (3) cloverleaf knots.

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The Taiwan Hand Knitting and Crafts Association (THCA) test is listed with Chinese, pinyin and translated English names. The Chinese was OCRed from the book and verified by both myself and one other (from whom I should get permission before publishing names and links). The English name translations are largely based on Lydia Chen's books but include my personal quirks. The purpose of including the extra information (pinyin, original machine translation info) is so that you can use the same information that I had to decide if my interpretations are correct.

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Carol makes plans to have a knot-a-long based on the THCA & ZGJ decorative knotting skill evaluation tests (also, possibly the JCKA if they still exist).

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In preparation for Maker Faire and with the expectation that I might run out of printed materials, I'm planning to have a QR code "poster" as backup (or for the smartphone equipped, environmentally concerned sorts):
This is the information on the general info card:
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It's that time of year again, and the Bay Area Maker Faire as well as the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire I'm exhibiting at both.

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So, my sites got hacked in one of those big open source exploits you hear about. The fix was quick, but hackers were even quicker. Luckily I am a small fry. They installed a back door, added me to a "someday" list (I'm sure) and then went away to look at their big prizes, so my glacial response time was not fatal.

That said, things need tightening up, so I'm deleting accounts. There’s no indication that they grabbed any password files but better safe than sorry. If you had an account here that shares a password with anywhere else you care about, I'd change that password.

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