Felic­ity Ford is teach­ing knit­ters how to have fun with colour through her won­der­ful Stranded Colour­work Play­book

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The Knit­sonik de­signer chats about her lat­est book

FELIC­ITY FORD started a quiet rev­o­lu­tion with the pub­li­ca­tion of her Stranded Colour­work Source­book in 2014. This small, unas­sum­ing book caught the imag­i­na­tion of knit­ters all around the world, thanks to its KNIT­SONIK sys­tem, which demon­strated how to cre­ate our own unique pat­terns by ob­serv­ing the world around us.

Many knit­ters were mo­ti­vated to cap­ture el­e­ments from their day-to-day lives through the medium of knit­ting, and they shared their suc­cesses and sto­ries through so­cial me­dia. For the se­quel to her first book, Felic­ity has in turn been in­spired by their ideas, col­lab­o­rat­ing with other knit­ters to share ways of ap­ply­ing pat­terns found in daily life to cel­e­bra­tory hand knits.

The Stranded Colour­work Play­book has projects for knit­ted cor­re­spon­dence, per­son­alised bunt­ing, cowls and shawls, all de­signed to of­fer blank can­vasses for our imag­i­na­tions. We chat­ted with Felic­ity - aka Felix - about her lat­est joy­ous project. How did it feel to learn that knit­ters all over the world have been em­brac­ing the ideas you’d set out in your first book, the Stranded Colour­work Source­book? “It’s hum­bling, joy­ous and ex­cit­ing all at once. The Source­book was writ­ten to be a use­ful and en­abling prompt, but you can never pre­dict where peo­ple will take the ideas it con­tains! For ex­am­ple, He­len’s glo­ri­ous dry-stone wall-in­spired waist­coat; Tabea’s fresh and bright sneaker-themed swatch; Ju­dith’s so­phis­ti­cated vest cel­e­brat­ing spe­cial edi­tions of Jane Austen nov­els… th­ese are just some of the projects that im­me­di­ately spring to mind when I think about what peo­ple have done us­ing the KNIT­SONIK sys­tem, and they are each as unique and cre­ative as their mak­ers. It’s a strange and hum­bling feel­ing to imag­ine I played a tiny role in their pro­duc­tion!

“Like­wise, it has been beau­ti­ful and in­spir­ing to watch the amaz­ing work of Muriel (France) and Yumi (Ja­pan) de­velop over time. Their Knit­ted Cor­re­spon­dence project is ex­tremely joy­ful; they make a small swatch ev­ery month com­mem­o­rat­ing a spe­cial thing, place or mo­ment, and

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