It’s been a while.

February 7, 2009 at 7:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

But I’m back to blogging, although I have a completely new home. I know, I know, another move, but this time I think it’s permanent. I’m really happy with the new blog and hope you’ll come see me.

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Election Day

November 4, 2008 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s hard to believe Election Day is finally here. It’s been exciting watching the projections trickle in but still way too soon to call. However, this time tomorrow we’ll have a new president.

In honor of today’s events I thought I would compile a list of Election inspired links. You can start at Oh Fransson where you have a few more hours to enter to win a super cute mini-quilt.

If you like paper crafts and are disappointed in tonight’s winner, head on over to Fold Us Candidate where you can download and fold your own.

If Obama is your man, how about knitting your very own Obama sweater?

If you’re a history lovin’ baker, here’s a link for you about the history and recipe for the Election Cake.

Thanks to Lion Brand, there are McCain and Obama fingerpuppets to knit.

In a few short hours we’ll have our winner.

A Challenge

October 28, 2008 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was doing my daily round of blog reading when I came across a link for NoBloPoMo. The next thing I knew, I had signed up with the idea that I will be posting on my blog every day for the entire month of November. I think I’m up for the challenge. If anyone else is interested, there’s a few more days to join in!

Vacation Blues

October 20, 2008 at 8:52 pm | Posted in knitting, Uncategorized, vacation | 1 Comment

Today I have a serious case of the vacation blues because it’s the last day of it. For the last week Chris and I have been vacationing in Washington State while visiting with his family and having a wonderful time. Sadly, tomorrow it ends and I have to go back to the stress of work. But, I’m not going to think of that now…on to happy things..and vacation pictures!

First though, I have some real live knitting content to share with you! While we were in Tacoma I made another trip to the lovely little yarn shop, Lamb’s Ear ,and while I didn’t get a lot, I did find a few bargains.

This tweedy Plymouth Lambs Wool was 50% off! I bought the last 4 balls in this blue-grey color at about $3.50 a piece! The yarn is pretty soft and I’m imagining these balls becoming a pair of Dashing mitts for my sister-in-law.

I also picked up 2 skeins of Berroco Comfort that I’m working into a Clapotis scarf. I really like this yarn because it’s super soft, and weighty enough to be a little drapey, which I like in a scarf. Interestingly. I’m not usually one to pick blues and greys but it was rainy off and on during our visit so it seems maybe my mood was reflective of the weather. I have to add here, it feels so good to be back at knitting. It’s just that time of year when it’s a warm and comforting thing to be doing.

Anyway, still speaking of knitting…I learn so much from all of the knitting blogs I read whether it’s different techniques, patterns, or even in finding inspiration. While in Washington, Chris, my sister-in-law and I did a little hiking up at Mt. Rainier. The leaves are just beginning to change colors and that day the sky alternated from grey to bright blue depending on where you looked. I was reminded of one of my most favorite knitting blogs, Getting Stitched On the Farm. Kristen Nicholas often posts about colors you find in nature and how you can get inspiration for knitting by them, so I’m posting a few pictures here that will serve as color inspiration for me.

I love the yellows, oranges and red of fall.

I think part of what made me so awestruck with these vibrant colors is that we don’t really get much of a color change in the leaves in Florida. Everything goes from green to darker green to brownish green in the winter.

How about those blues?

And even some pink! But this picture was taken at the Port Defiance Zoo on Friday.

Ok, now for some plain old gratuitous vacation shots.

The mist you see there is actually in front of a big glacier.

The three of us, Cathy, Chris and me.

And lastly, I’ll leave you with this picture of Mt. Ranier taken from the plane as we flew home Sunday morning just before sunrise.

Oh, one more thing! I came across these awesome Mittens today at Knitlob’s Lair that were a must have for me. I love them and will be making them soon!

New Digs

October 7, 2008 at 9:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Welcome to the new home of “Ingrid Knits”…only as you can see, this home has a new name. I decided that if I was going to change up the format a bit, then the blog deserved a new address and a new name too. I toyed around with a few other blog sites but in the end decided to stick with WordPress. I’ve been pretty happy here and aside from a few mildly annoying glitches, I like the setup. Most importantly, I already know how to use it. It was a cinch to transfer over the old files so here we are. I hope you’ll update your feeds and/or bookmark the site and come back again soon.

The last few weeks have been flying by, but I did get to squeeze in a few fun activities. Two weekends ago I went to Jacksonville’s Quiltfest for the first time and was absolutely A-mazed at the quilts on display. This being my first quilt show, it never occured to me that I’d want to take pictures, and boy am I regretting not taking my camera. I did take a few grainy shots for future quilt inspiration but nothing I can retrieve from my phone for the blog. I loved seeing the winners of all of the different categories and it really was just like going to an art gallery. I’ve been tinkering around with different books from the library on quilting but nothing has really struck my fancy as the quintessential beginner’s book on quilting. Please, if anyone has some suggestions send them my way. While I was at the show I did treat myself a bit and picked up a set of fat quarters.

I’m not exactly sure what pattern these will become, but most likely I’ll try another patchwork quilt. I’m still very unsure about how to choose a pattern and how to best utilize the type of fabrics I’m choosing. I think I’ll try to stick with something super easy that will mostly help to improve my sewing and measuring accuracy.

The same weekend I went to the quilt show, Smitten Kitchen posted a recipe on her website for Challah bread. I can’t recall ever having eaten Challah bread and it looked so delicious. So that night I got bitten by the baking bug and was up until 2am making this from scratch!

It was SO yummy…and this is what it looked like after french toast the next morning…

It really does make the best french toast!

I’ll have some actual real live knitting content in the next post. Christmas is coming, the weather is finally cooling down, time for some knitting needle action.

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