It is a question that fashion knitwear designer Fiona Ellis has attempted to answer in her books “Inspired Cable Knits - 20 creative designs for making sweaters and accessories” and “Inspired Fair Isle Knits -20 Creative Designs Inspired by Nature’s Elements”. Both books contain instructional knitting patterns for contemporary knit sweaters along with written notes and photographs to illustrate the spark of inspiration behind each design.

Fiona’s designs and patterns continue to be published regularly in premiere knitting magazines and are carried by many leading yarn companies. Both “Vogue Knitting” and “Interweave Knits” have run feature articles on Fiona and her creative journey.

Fiona’s fascination with the creative process influences her as she develops her hands-on workshops for knitters and textile artists. She continues to attempt to devise methods, for both herself and her students, to capture that illusive and transitory moment of inspiration.