Ingrid Babbidge

I’d describe myself in a nutshell as a girl living a creative life in the south of England. I’m a textile historian, textile artist, erstwhile museum dweller and of course, a knitter. You may also know me as Ingrid Murnane.

I currently run the yarn department at The Eternal Maker in Chichester, West Sussex where I also teach.
I love to write about knitting and have previously written a column for Simply Knitting and have written articles for knitonthenet, PieceWork magazine and other publications. Although I knit and exhibits art socks that nobody can wear, I do also design more practical garments and accessories sometimes which you can see on my designer page.

I like making things, solving problems and am very inquisitive about the stories behind objects. I love researching and writing about textiles and haberdashery and have a particular interest in the inter-war period, textiles for interiors and craft skills education, and can get very geeky when researching textile techniques of the early 20th century.

I have a BA (Hons) in Textile Art and an MA in the History of Textile and Dress, both from Winchester School of Art, and I wrote my MA dissertation on the teaching and learning of knitting.

I’m an ambassador for the Knitting Reference Library in Winchester and part of the steering committee for @platea, the online performance art collective.

I also like baking cakes, reading 1930s and 40s novels, giggling at Tim Minchin, hula-hooping, listening to podcasts, spinning my own yarn and, of course knitting. Although not always at the same time.

original designs  

from Ingrid... by another name
from eternal maker crafts
from Knit on the Net
from Ingrid... by another name
from Ingrid... by another name
from Rain Rain Here to Stay