Archive for November, 2010

Pass it on: A Few Winter Warmers

I don’t know what it is like where you are, but here, today it is -3 celcius. Brrrr. We’re waiting for the snow that is forecast tomorrow and wrapping up warm in scarves and hats. In the meantime, here are a few links to interesting stuff that I’ve come across recently.

Baktus Bravado, image copyright Ingrid Murnane

Are you ready for advent? Do you have a calendar ready to go? No? Well, this is not strictly textiles… it’s not textiles at all in fact, but this gingerbread house tutorial by Pam Harris is hands-down the best idea I’ve seen this year for making your own advent calendar. So much more fun than sewing one.

Another great find, (via Kirsty) is the Ordinary Objects blog which features one woman’s quest to add knitting into everyday things. Not long started, this tumblr blog is an excellent use of the format, and both beautiful and fascinating to look at.

Now, apparantly what can only be described as ‘big knitted grannybashers’ are where it’s at for the winter, if you believe what’s been seen on the catwalks. So will you be wearing Tighty Aran Whities this season? Brenda Dayne’s Cast On podcast asks that very question in a recent episode which you can listen to here.(PS If you don’t subscribe to Cast On, then why not? You should – it’s always very funny and informative).

Lastly, one from me: my own latest endeavour is the opening of a small Etsy shop, so if you’d like to buy a little something as a Christmas gift, do head on over there and take a look. There are buttonhole brooches, knitting needle bangles, and perhaps more suitably for the current climate, snuggly neckwarmers too.




Man, this was fun to spin.

Tufted Yarn, image copyright Ingrid Murnane

A Reprieve, and an Explanation

So, last post I said the following, and at the time I really thought that it would happen…

Huzzah! is fully up and running, and IngridNation will be going into stasis, so please do come and join me over there instead.

The key bit, the ‘IngridNation will be going into stasis’  part, well… by the fact that you’re reading this you can perhaps guess now that that is no longer true.

green knitting, red needles

Green-ish, copyright Ingrid Murnane

I have been struggling for a while with the parallel threads (for me) of textile history, and textile art designing and making. For my practice, it isn’t very often that the two worlds entirely collide. I have tried cajoling them into better alignment, wondering whether I should designed a hat that is inspired by the movies of the 1930s, or make more work investigating the domestic interiors of the interwar years. However the problem with this is that it is forced. I’d much rather be experimenting on my spinning wheel, or adding to my exhibition plans with the Sherlock Holmes socks. Try as I might, I can’t get that excited about making anything which comes out of the ideas and areas that I get so insanely excited to research and write about. Anyway, Susan does vintage design so much better than me!

So, in explanation for the future… for textile history of all kinds, craft skills acquisition research, and general museumy stuff, go to For textile art, making, patterns, techniques and tutorials, stay here with IngridNation. Or maybe (and I’d really like this), read both!

I’ll be posting to both blogs a couple of times each week, as well as to the knitonthenet blog which is up and running again after a bit of a sabbatical, so I do hope that you come along for the ride.

It’s been a big decision and a long time coming, so after biting the bullet, I’d love to know what you think about the split and this new set up. Let me know in the comments.

Huzzah! is fully up and running, and IngridNation will be going into stasis, so please do come and join me over there instead.

If you would like to sign up for the new site’s RSS feed, here is a link for you, or alternatively you can sign up by email from the new homepage.

Hope to see you there.