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A knitting book which shows you how to turn everyday inspirations into gorgeous stranded colourwork.

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I love colour

I am Felicity Ford and I work under the project name KNITSONIK. As an artist I am inspired by colour, sound and texture. My work celebrates the everyday, and I seek to highlight the overlooked beauty in familiar things and places.

I'm here to raise the money I need to print a book that provides a clear system for transforming ordinary things into extraordinary stranded colourwork + knitting charts.

Beer-pump label, blackthorn and old Art Deco factory all translated into stranded colourwork
Beer-pump label, blackthorn and old Art Deco factory all translated into stranded colourwork

Shetland & Estonia

The vision for this book grew from my creative research in Shetland and Estonia, where I met local wool producers, soaked-up the rich history of the textile traditions, and ran creative workshops exchanging ideas with knitters. Working creatively in the Shetland Museum & Archives and the Estonian National Museum set me on a quest to find my own textile tradition. Jamieson & Smith are providing me with yarn support for this project, and once I cast on with their famous Shetland Wool, I couldn't stop having ideas about what to knit with it.

Sharing my ideas with you

For Shetland Wool Week 2013, I devised "Quotidian Colourwork". I asked folk to bring along a personal inspiration - a thing, a photo, a scrap of fabric. Guided by the ideas I wish to lay out in this book, they knit stranded colourwork swatches from what they brought along. They knit from their vegetable patches. Treasured beach finds. Scraps of quilting fabric. 

Everyone had a personal object with a story behind it to share; people cast on swatches unique to them, connected with their everyday lives. 

Willow pattern fragments inspire a blue stranded colourwork design at "Quotidian Colourwork", Shetland, 2013
Willow pattern fragments inspire a blue stranded colourwork design at "Quotidian Colourwork", Shetland, 2013

Things I'd discovered through months of making sample swatches and testing my ideas proved useful in class, and I received great feedback on my enthusiasm and knowledge. But three hours goes quickly, and there is much more to say!

The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook is where I want to say it.

A favourite cotton print inspires wonderful stranded knitting at "Quotidian Colourwork", Shetland, 2013
A favourite cotton print inspires wonderful stranded knitting at "Quotidian Colourwork", Shetland, 2013

The book celebrates Shetland Wool and the often overlooked wonders of the everyday. But at its heart, it's about translating ordinary things into extraordinary stranded colourwork, and sharing the joy of that with you.

My vision is that this book will enable you - like the knitters who came to my class - to create amazing colourwork inspired by the everyday things and places meaningful to you.

The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook of My Dreams
The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook of My Dreams

So what's in The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook?

The book shows you how to celebrate your world in stranded colourwork. Taking an enthusiastic approach to shading, colours, and Shetland Wool, it celebrates making deeper connections with everyday life through knitting. 

It contains my system for starting with things found in daily life, and finishing with stranded colourwork and charts. Twelve case studies demonstrate the concept, and full colour charts for all examples are provided. There will also be a couple of accessory patterns to plug the designs into, so that you can get started right away on some fingerless mitts or legwarmers that celebrate your favourite things!

The writing explores my favourite places and treasured things, and shows how I've turned these inspirations into stranded colourwork. 

The book shows you my process so that you can do this, too.

Bricks, biscuit tins, old socks all translated into stranded colourwork
Bricks, biscuit tins, old socks all translated into stranded colourwork

What is the funding for?

Several years in the making (and knitting), The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook is now almost ready to be published. The Kickstarter campaign will provide the funds necessary for the book's design and production. With your support, I hope to publish the book in October, 2014.

Two key themes in The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook are exploring the real world around us, and celebrating the neighbourhood. Reflecting this, the book will be a real, tangible object, locally produced. Also, an amazing team of people are working on this project with me, including Tom van Deijnen (Technical editor), Fergus Ford (Photograpy) and Nic Blackmore (Layout and design). Funding will pay for their talents, to ensure that the end product you buy is a book that is beautiful, clear to read, and an object to treasure.

Touching and choosing the paper, seeing the proofs, and visiting where the book is made are important to me. If you like the concept for the book, I'm guessing they're important to you too. I'll share progress updates with all backers through exclusive Kickstarter project updates. When I post a project update, it will automatically be emailed to you, so you'll get to see and hear the book being made.

Wait a second, isn't KNITSONIK about knitting AND sounds? Where are the sounds?

If you listen to the KNITSONIK podcast, you'll know that KNITSONIK projects are always about knitting + sounds, and The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook is no exception! A separate audio release - The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource - will be self-published through iTunes this Autumn as a downloadable album. The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource includes recordings from Shetland, recordings of everyday sounds related to the places and things featured in the book, and a beautifully mastered version of The Shetland Wool Week Song, which reveals the concepts for this book in its verses.

The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource will be an album featuring a relevant and carefully curated collection of sounds similar to those shared regularly on my podcast at knitsonik.com.

The KNITSONIK podcast at knitsonik.com
The KNITSONIK podcast at knitsonik.com

A very limited number of CDs lovingly homemade by me on my laptop will contain The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource and these CDs will be available together with the book if you wish to listen to the places and things which have inspired me, while you knit.

Rewards

All of the rewards created for funding backers are being produced by me and reflect the concepts behind The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook; I thought you'd like to see some of them here! Please note - there are several rewards which COMBINE some of the things shown here! Not all possible combinations are shown, so do take a look at the rewards info for further details and pledge amounts.  

For £5 you have my sincere thanks, plus the option to have your name read out in a THANK YOU EVERYONE episode of the KNITSONIK podcast. Kazoo, accordion and sheep baas to be included in a riotous audio celebration of gratitude.
For £5 you have my sincere thanks, plus the option to have your name read out in a THANK YOU EVERYONE episode of the KNITSONIK podcast. Kazoo, accordion and sheep baas to be included in a riotous audio celebration of gratitude.
For £10 you get the “thank you” reward above, plus a limited pair of button badges made here in the KNITSONIK studio. Each pair feature images of an original source inspiration for the book plus its knitted interpretation.
For £10 you get the “thank you” reward above, plus a limited pair of button badges made here in the KNITSONIK studio. Each pair feature images of an original source inspiration for the book plus its knitted interpretation.
For £20, get your own copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, beautifully designed to sit in your lap and blow your mind!
For £20, get your own copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, beautifully designed to sit in your lap and blow your mind!
For £60, pledgers can get a limited edition (30 only) silk screen print, featuring the design "KNITSONIK Transposition Series 01, Bricks". A3, 200gsm paper, 4 colour screen print.
For £60, pledgers can get a limited edition (30 only) silk screen print, featuring the design "KNITSONIK Transposition Series 01, Bricks". A3, 200gsm paper, 4 colour screen print.
Your own personalised KNITSONIK colourwork + hand-drawn charts: email a photo of something you'd love to see translated into amazing stranded colourwork, we’ll talk it over on Skype and I will design and knit your own personalised colourwork (approx. 20 x
Your own personalised KNITSONIK colourwork + hand-drawn charts: email a photo of something you'd love to see translated into amazing stranded colourwork, we’ll talk it over on Skype and I will design and knit your own personalised colourwork (approx. 20 x
For £3,000 I will take you on a personalised KNITSONIK road trip. We pack the KNITSONIK-mobile and go on a 5-day wool-themed adventure!
For £3,000 I will take you on a personalised KNITSONIK road trip. We pack the KNITSONIK-mobile and go on a 5-day wool-themed adventure!

Risks and challenges

One risk in publishing is that things sometimes take a little longer than expected. To manage that risk, I've decided not to do everything myself! I need your backing to pay people to edit my chapters, tech-edit my charts and tutorials and sort out my layout, leaving me free to concentrate on producing excellent content, and to meet all the project deadlines between now and October.

Without the funds necessary to pay for the book's professional design, editing, production, and printing, I cannot make the book in the way - or the time-frame - envisaged here.

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    4 backers

    For £5 you have my sincere thanks, plus the option to have your name read out in a THANK YOU EVERYONE episode of the KNITSONIK podcast. Kazoo, accordion and sheep baas to be included in a riotous audio celebration of gratitude.

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    13 backers Limited (37 left of 50)

    Badges! For £10 you get the “thank you” reward above, plus a limited pair of button badges made here in the KNITSONIK studio. Each pair feature images of an original source inspiration for the book plus its knitted interpretation, and come on a hand-stamped KNITSONIK tag. Choose from bricks, deco factory or blackthorn.

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    2 backers Limited (48 left of 50)

    Thank you pack! For £15 you get the “thank you” reward above, plus a KNITSONIK thank-you pack, with 3 different postcards featuring artwork from the project and one pair of button badges made here in the KNITSONIK studio. Each pair feature images of an original source inspiration for the book plus its knitted interpretation, and come on a hand-stamped KNITSONIK tag. Choose from bricks, deco factory or blackthorn.

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    8 backers Limited (2 left of 10)

    CD! For £18 you get the “thank you” reward above, plus a hand-produced CD: The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource. Each CD will be uniquely packaged in process prints left over from making KNITSONIK screen prints. The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource is an album featuring field recordings and songs created to capture the atmosphere and sounds of the different chapters of the book... with added sheep baas!

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    201 backers

    For £20, get your own copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, beautifully designed to sit in your lap and blow your mind!

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    94 backers Limited (6 left of 100)

    Get a signed copy of the book! For £25 you will get your own copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, beautifully designed to sit in your lap and blow your mind!

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    50 backers All gone!

    Your name in the book! Pledging £30 super early makes you one of this project's First Fifty Funders, and pretty awesome in my eyes! You will get a signed copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, with the option to have your name listed under acknowledgements as one of one of the First Fifty Funders who helped bring the book to life! You also get a pair of button badges made here in the KNITSONIK studio, presented on a hand-stamped KNITSONIK tag and featuring images of an original source inspiration for the book plus its knitted interpretation. Choose from bricks, deco factory or blackthorn.

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    10 backers All gone!

    Go THE FULL KNITSONIK for £38, and get a signed copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook in combination with a homemade edition of the forthcoming album, The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource. This CD is mixed, recorded, and made on my laptop, and these copies come packaged in process prints left over from making KNITSONIK screen prints. The album contains field recordings and songs created to capture the atmosphere and sounds of the different chapters of the book. Includes sheep baas.

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    22 backers Limited (28 left of 50)

    Go THE FULL KNITSONIK #2 for £38, and get a signed copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook in combination with a homemade edition of the forthcoming album, The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource. This CD is mixed, recorded, and made on my laptop, and these copies come in brown card sleeves, stamped with different stamps including the KNITSONIK logo and a sheep! The album contains field recordings and songs created to capture the atmosphere and sounds of the different chapters of the book. Includes baas.

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    10 backers All gone!

    Go TURBO KNITSONIK for £50, which means you get a signed copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, plus a hand-produced CD edition of The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource, plus a KNITSONIK thank-you pack, with 3 different postcards featuring artwork from the project and one pair of button badges made here in the KNITSONIK studio. Choose from bricks, deco factory or blackthorn.

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    14 backers Limited (36 left of 50)

    Go TURBO KNITSONIK #2 for £50, which means you get a signed copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, plus a hand-produced CD edition of The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource packed in brown card with KNITSONIK rubber stamp, plus a KNITSONIK thank-you pack, with 3 different postcards featuring artwork from the project and one pair of button badges made here in the KNITSONIK studio. Choose from bricks, deco factory or blackthorn.

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    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    For £60, pledgers can get a limited edition (30 only) silk screen print, featuring the design "KNITSONIK Transposition Series 01, Bricks". This design celebrates the translation of Victorian brickwork into stranded colourwork. Hand-printed 4-colour silk screen print on A3 200gsm paper, signed, editioned, and shipped in a tube to protect it.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    For £90, go KNITSONIK IN PRINT, which means getting a signed copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook PLUS 3 postcards featuring artwork from the production of the book, PLUS a limited edition (30 only) silk screen print, featuring the design "KNITSONIK Transposition Series 01, Bricks". This design celebrates the translation of Victorian brickwork into stranded colourwork. Hand-printed 4-colour silk screen print on A3 200gsm paper, signed, editioned, and shipped in a tube to protect it.

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    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    For £108, super early pledgers can go for the MEGA TURBO KNITSONIK edition, featuring a signed copy of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook PLUS a copy of the KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource homemade CD, PLUS one of the limited edition screenprints (30 only) plus a pair of button badges. Please note, print and book + CD + badges will be sent in two separate shipments to protect the screen print, hence extra postage cost.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Your own personalised KNITSONIK colourwork + hand-drawn charts: email a photo of something you'd love to see translated into amazing stranded colourwork, we’ll talk it over on Skype and I will design and knit your own personalised colourwork (approx. 20 x 45cm, 8” x 18”). I will package it in a folio with the mood board images, drawings and charts created in the process, and mail it to you along with a signed copy of the book.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    For £1,500, I will show you all the things and places which inspired this book. You (and a friend) can come to Reading for a long weekend, and I will create a rich itinerary which showcasing all the sites mentioned in the book. You pay for your travel and accommodation: I show you a great time. There will be biscuit tins and fruitcake!

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    For £3,000 I will take you on a personalised KNITSONIK road trip. We pack the KNITSONIK-mobile and go on a 5-day wool-themed adventure exploring either Sussex and the Southeast; Dorset and the Southwest or Cumbria and the Lake District. I will provide the itinerary, car, and organise all the accommodation for us, but you will pay your own accommodation costs and travel costs to get here. You are welcome to bring one friend along for the ride.

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