About this project
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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