KNITSONIK at the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show with Tall Yarns’n Tales

I am super excited because this week I shall be in Harrogate at the UK Knitting & Stitching Show selling my book on the Tall Yarns’n Tales stand. I will be working with two of my favourite comrades: Linda and Andrea. I love these wonderful women who create beautiful designs for wearing and for making and who seem to do everything in a generous creative spirit.

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We have had some very happy days together this summer talking about clothes and colours and workwear.

I especially love the aesthetic and politics of their beautiful pinnies, aprons and tabards as these are practical and comfortable garments; they are made in the UK out of natural fibres; and they dignify and celebrate the labour involved in working with textiles. To my mind they are the perfect garment in which to knit stranded colourwork or in which to celebrate the triumphant completion of a swatch.

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I first discovered Tall Yarns’n Tales at WOOLFEST in 2012. Loads of women there seemed to be wearing amazing pinnies and smocks over their wellies, and I wondered where they were all getting their swishy-yet-practical garb. I thought the construction and aesthetic was just marvelous. Big deep pockets, sturdy linen fabric, yet with lines that flatter and swathe! I generally try to buy second hand clothes or make my own but must confess that when I got my first paycheck from Oxford Brookes during my year-long contract there, I could not resist treatingmyself to one of the fantastically enabling, UK-made, Tall Yarns’n Tales signature garments: a 100% linen spinning pinny. Here I am in it, demonstrating the sounds of Shetland sheep playing through a speaker covered in Shetland wool.

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I love my red pinny but, as I am a serious WOOLFAN, I kept thinking of a beauteous bolt of pure wool fabric left to me by my wonderful Godmother, Aunty Hilary. Hilary always wore bright purples and pinks, and if you have read the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook you will know she was also a superlative fruitcake baker.

Here she is in a tweed outfit of her own creation cutting up a rich fruity Christmas cake. The boys in the photo are two of my cousins – both older and taller than me now!

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It seemed to me that Hilary’s tweed would be a superlative tabard or smock and so this summer, I asked Linda and Andrea whether it might be possible to have a bespoke garment made from this fabric in time for winter. To my delight they agreed. With their customary verve they breathed life into Hilary’s tweed turning it into a striking tabard which I wear all the time. Andrea had the brilliant idea to use the selvedge as a decorative edging, and I love that this detail nods to the woven construction of the wool and its life on the loom.

As well as creating the lovely tabard, Andrea and Linda have been hugely supportive of my book, encouraging the whole premise from the outset and helping me to style the fingerless mitts in ways that feel really me. I love the combination of the Tall Yarns’n Tales brown linen smock with the fingerless mitts which I designed for the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook; it seems like the perfect practical garment to wear for a spot of DIY soldering or weeding, paired with task-appropriate knitwear!

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I’m so looking forward to spending time on the Tall Yarns’n Tales stall in Harrogate this weekend with Linda and Andrea and comrades Helen and Bev who I am yet to meet! I really hope you will come up and say hi. You will find us on stand TG570. Tall Yarns’n Tales will have their whole range of goodies on sale whilst I shall be signing and selling copies of the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook.

There are no prizes for guessing what I will be wearing!

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Huge thanks to Fergus Ford who has made Tall Yarns’n Tales and KNITSONIK look great with his amazing photography skills!

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The Return of the KNITSONIK Blog Tour!

Back in April when I was running a Kickstarter Campaign to raise money to print the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook I asked my amazing comrades for help. They sent me questions about the concept for the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook and I sent them answers. Working on those pieces really helped me to clarify my ideas and to share them with the world! Now that the book is published we are reprising the Q&A format for a series of follow-up pieces with my talented wool comrades. I’m really excited about this blog tour as it means continuing the conversations we started in April and starting some new ones. Also: my amazingly talented brother Fergus Ford took more photos than we could use in the book and this second blog tour means that I can share some of those with you, such as…

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…knitting from an A-road…

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…finding patterns in brickwork…

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…creating mitts based on a 1930s book about the workings of electricity (starting with magnetism)…

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…looking with fresh eyes on everyday spaces and objects…

To see and read more you can follow the tour as it passes through the following destinations:

28th and 30th Oct – Ysolda Teague
31st Oct – Brenda Dayne
2nd Nov – Jamieson & Smith with Ella Gordon
4th Nov – Donna Druchunas
6th Nov – An Snag Breac
8th Nov – Fine Lightness
10th Nov – Perfect Weather for Spinning and Knitting with Deborah Gray
14th Nov – Deb Robson
18th Nov – Ella Austin
20th Nov – Lara Clements
22nd Nov – Spilly Jane
28th Nov – Tom of Holland
30th Nov – Fyberspates
31st Nov – Editions of You with Lisa Busby
12th Dec – Susan Crawford

I hope to see you along the way!
Fx

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KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook now on sale

The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook is now available to buy directly from me through my online shop.

The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook
First published in 2014 by KNITSONIK
ISBN: 978-0-9930415-0-1
© Felicity Ford
Author & Artist: Felicity Ford
Art & Production Manager: Nic Blackmore
Photographer: Fergus Ford
Editor: Kate Davies
Technical Editor: Tom van Deijnen
Yarn Support: Jamieson & Smith

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The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook

The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook shows you how to translate everyday things into stranded colourwork. This knitting book celebrates such everyday things as bricks, biscuit tins and fruitcake, and show you how to turn them into things you can wear and admire. It is about seeing the everyday world through a specific, knitterly lens.

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The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook shows the creative process of turning the messy, beautiful, gorgeous chaos of the world where we live into stitches which we can wear. Stitches which will remind us who we are; where we live; and why we love it.

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The Kickstarter Campaign

447 amazing backers pledged to make the book happen through the popular Kickstarter crowdfunding platform.

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Without the support of my backers, the book could never have happened: these folks are the KNITSONIK comrades!

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Kickstarter_THANKYOU

The Production Team

Author & Artist: Felicity Ford
Art & Production Manager: Nic Blackmore
Photographer: Fergus Ford
Editor: Kate Davies
Technical Editor: Tom van Deijnen
Sample Knitter & Design Consultant: Liz Ashdowne
Sample Knitter: Claire Weaver
Yarn Support: Jamieson & Smith
Workwear: Tall Yarns’n Tales
Writing Support: Donna Druchunas

Author & Artist – Felicity Ford
(that’s me!)
Chief Muse – Mark Stanley
Mark is my amazing partner. He provided the spiritual foundation for the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook through his support and encouragement. He also assisted with important research into knitting beer and fruitcake.
Art & Production Manager – Nic Blackmore
Nic is an amazing book doula. As well as creating a beautiful graphic layout, she helped with all the practical stages involved in bringing the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook to life.
Photographer – Fergus Ford
Fergus is my brother and an amazing photographer. His energy and talent have given dynamism and beauty to all the photographs in the book.
Editor – Kate Davies
Kate has shared and encouraged my vision for this book from the outset. A superbly enabling presence and an encouraging editor, she helped me to find my voice.
Technical Editor – Tom van Deijnen
Tom is the technician for the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook and is responsible for the elegant and concise pattern language and the wondrous Mentionables at the end of the book.
Sample Knitter & Design Consultant – Liz Ashdowne
Liz is an amazing knitter and a dear friend. As well as knitting a beautiful sample pair of Mitts she has given amazingly helpful feedback on all aspects of the book.
Sample Knitter – Claire Weaver
Claire did a beauteous job of turning the My Street Mitts from a design idea into a reality with her amazing knitterly skills.
Yarn Support – Jamieson & Smith
All the knitting in the book has been worked in the beautiful range of 2-ply Jumper Weight yarn produced by Jamieson & Smith from Shetland wool grown in the Shetland Isles. The yarn is wondrous, but so too are the people. I love working with Sandra Manson, Ella Gordon, Oliver Henry and June Moulder.
Workwear – Tall Yarns’n Tales
Thanks to Linda de Ruiter and Andrea Franklin of Tall Yarns’n Tales I now have my very own 100% wool tabard. Tall Yarns’n Tales smocks and tabards also appear throughout this book, and are wonderful garments in which to knit and write.
Writing Support – Donna Druchunas
Donna Druchunas warmly invited me to join her Stitches in Stories online writing class in support of this book; this was a wonderful learning experience and really helped me to conceive and structure the book.

The Blog Tour

During the Kickstarter campaign I asked the most creative people I know of in the knitting world for help, and they sent me wonderful questions and put my answers and images on their websites. They helped me to tell the story of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, and to think about the work in all kinds of different ways.

Extraordinary Internet Comrades

Fyberspates with Jeni Hewlett
Perfect Weather for Spinning & Knitting with Deborah Gray
Cast On with Brenda Dayne
In between days with Lara Clements
Spilly Jane Knits with Jane Dupuis
Hazel Tindall
Tom of Holland with Tom van Deijnen Parts 1 and 2
The Independent Stitch with Deb Robson
Shop at The Old Fire Station
Mary Jane Mucklestone
An Snag Breac with Caroline Walshe
Fine Lightness
Kata…koob with Kait Lubja
Sheep to Shawl with Donna Druchunas
Jamieson & Smith with Ella Gordon
Editions of You with Lisa Busby
BomBella Designs with Ella Austin
Just Call me Ruby with Susan Crawford

KNITSONIK is on Ravelry

KNITSONIK now has a Ravelry group; join us there for adventures in stranded colourwork!

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KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook update

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GREETINGS, COMRADES! I am happy to report that, as per my last message here, I have spent the summer making a book. Things have been very quiet here but I can assure you that they are about to get noisy, as I have emerged from the hermetic world of book production and cannot wait to release the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook into the world. My face here at the printers, watching the book covers being printed, kind of says it all…

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…happily, a number of you have been asking about where/how you can buy a copy of the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook.

The book will soon be available to buy directly from me through my online shop and it will cost £18.99 + shipping. Once it becomes available to buy I will make announcements here and on Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry and instagram. If you follow me in any of those places, you can’t miss the news when it comes!

Thank you for your interest and your patience,
xF

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THANK YOU and What Happens Next…

The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook

My book shows you how to translate everyday things into stranded colourwork. This knitting book celebrates such everyday things as biscuit tins and sloes, and show you how to turn them into things you can wear and admire. It is about seeing the everyday world through a specific, knitterly lens.

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The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook shows the creative process of turning the messy, beautiful, gorgeous chaos of the world where we live into stitches which we can wear. Stitches which will remind us who we are; where we live; and why we love it.

The Kickstarter Campaign

Thanks to 447 amazing backers who pledged to make the book happen through Kickstarter, The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook is due for publication in November 2014.

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The Production Team

Tom van Deijnen will help to tech-edit the book, Nic Blackmore is working on the graphic design, and Fergus Ford – my brother – will be photographing all the knitting (he shot the Kickstarter video, so you can get some idea of the standard of photography for the book).

I will be supported in the writing by some of the most talented people I know who write and publish their own knitting books, including Donna Druchunas, who has warmly invited me to join her Stitches in Stories online writing class in support of this book. There are also a handful of swatches and some small projects to knit for the book, and yarn support from Jamieson & Smith ensures that all this tasty knitting will continue to be worked in 100% Shetland wool. Thanks to Jamieson & Smith for supporting The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook with your amazing yarns – I love your palette and the soft, characterful hand of your jumper weight 2-ply. It is my first choice of a hand knitting yarn for a book about stranded colourwork, and underpins The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook with inspiring, woolly foundations.

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The Production Schedule

The KNITSONIK HQ will be busy between now and November! There are chapters to write, artwork to finalise and signature KNITSONIK illustrations to create in order to produce the book that so many people have made possible. Thanks to everyone who has helped to set this busy summer in motion, your support and enthusiasm add so much to the creative process.

The Blog Tour

I also want to say a word here about the incredible knitters, writers and artists who hosted the KNITSONIK blog tour while the Kickstarter campaign was live. I asked you – some of the best and most creative people I know of in the knitting world – for your help, and you sent me wonderful questions and put my answers and images on your websites. You helped me to tell the story of The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, and your questions helped me to think about the work in all kinds of different ways. Thank you.

Fyberspates with Jeni Hewlett
Perfect Weather for Spinning & Knitting with Deborah Gray
Cast On with Brenda Dayne
In between days with Lara Clements
Spilly Jane Knits with Jane Dupuis
Hazel Tindall
Tom of Holland with Tom van Deijnen Parts 1 and 2
The Independent Stitch with Deb Robson
Shop at The Old Fire Station
Mary Jane Mucklestone
An Snag Breac with Caroline Walshe
Fine Lightness
Kata…koob with Kait Lubja
Sheep to Shawl with Donna Druchunas
Jamieson & Smith with Ella Gordon
Editions of You with Lisa Busby
BomBella Designs with Ella Austin
Just Call me Ruby with Susan Crawford

The rest…

In other news relating to the book, I am teaching 3 Quotidian Colourwork Classes at Shetland Wool Week this October where you can learn how everyday inspirations might be turned into stranded colourwork and fondle the swatches from the book in real life! You can find those here. KNITSONIK now has a Ravelry group, so you can find me there occasionally until this book is made.

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