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Idle Hands DC
Washington, DC
I love to embroider, knit, make and grow beautiful things in my house of dreams in Capitol Hill. I grew up inspired by the women in my family, whose hands are never idle.
Interests: gardening, embroidery, knitting, crochet, sewing, craft, design
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I have been on the hunt for a good baby hat pattern using worsted weight yarn. It's hard to match the sheer cuteness of my usual go-to gift, the Serendipity hat, but I wanted something simple, and this garter ear flap hat from Purl Soho seemed like just the ticket.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Idle Hands
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Big news friends: we are expecting a baby in September! We are, of course, a big jumble of emotions: excited, nervous, hopeful -- the list goes on. Some details: 1) We haven't found out the baby's gender -- which means the difficulty of picking two names, but the fun of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Idle Hands
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I first encountered Haptic Lab a couple of years ago, when their city quilts were featured in a holiday gift guide. These maps-as-quilts are indeed covetable, and I love that you can order a complete, hand-sewn quilt (in regular or baby size) or a pattern to make one yourself. via... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Summer necessarily brings an emphasis on lightweight knitting. After all, few among us yearns to while away a hot summer night with a cool glass of lemonade and a heavy ball of wool in our lap. Unfortunately, lightweight yarn just takes too long for an impatient knitter like me (so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Whew! The last few weeks have flown by. One of the great and challenging things about the garden is that life there goes on without you, at least for a while: great because it's lovely to come back to the garden after a couple of busy weeks to find flowers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Idle Hands
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A couple years ago, Nick got me a beautiful Tord Boontje vase as a gift. It's so delicate that it can be easily overwhelmed, but I think this spray of Kristin roses is perfect. That is just one stem -- can you believe it? This little shrub rose produces blooms... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Today marked the fourth in a row that I had an abundant harvest of ripe strawberries! Such a delight. I wish I could say that I was saving them for pie, but I fear they will not last long enough for that... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Idle Hands
This video is strange, beautiful, and haunting. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Idle Hands
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It feels like summer has come over night. A few photos from a calm, cool morning: I have a soft spot for hens and chickens -- so charming. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Lest you think that I have forgotten my resolution to make a Christmas ball every month in 2014, fear not. Progress continues. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at Idle Hands
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I am a big fan of the patterns that Brooklyn Tweed selects for its Wool People series. I particularly enjoyed the new spring patterns in Wool People 7. Spring usually brings a glut of lace-weight designs that I don't have the patience for, but the new Wool People collection includes... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Is there anything more romantic than a lilac grove? I think not. Soft, billowing blooms, the heavenly smell. The lilacs at the National Arboretum are in full splendor. Enjoy them before they're gone! Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Idle Hands
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For some time now, there has been a Felt & Wire shaped hole in my heart. Felt & Wire was a website selling paper products from small presses and designers, like a curated etsy of paper products. I loved scrolling through its pages, seeing the creative work of designers --... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Wishing you a beautiful spring day. To see how to make your own botanical imprinted easter eggs, check out this tutorial. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Check out these fun Easter templates from Famille Summerbelle! via Famille Summerbelle Adorable! Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11. If you want to make (or order) something handmade for your mom, now is the time! Some of my favorite gifts have been things I thought would be meaningful to my mom, like this photo of her and my grandmother, embroidered with the George... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Last summer at the Sheep and Wool festival, I found myself staring longingly at Jamie Harmon's rainbow yarn, wondering what I could make with it. The bright palette is perfectly kid-friendly, but the care instructions are less so (few parents I know are excited about receiving hand-wash only children's garments).... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Is it spring yet? The crocuses are coming up, and the daffodils are considering doing the same. But more snow is headed our way. Sigh. Predictably, my reaction is to hunker down with some knitting and hope to stay put until spring arrives. Here's my latest work in progress: This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Idle Hands
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More new baby gifts! I decided to revisit a pattern from Doodle Stitching -- this embroidered owl softie. I was excited to make this little guy using wool from recycled sweaters. I washed and dried the sweaters until they were about half their original size,transformed into soft, thick felt. His... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Many people know Lion Brand mainly as a purveyor of inexpensive, accessible yarn. It's sold everywhere (Michael's, Joann's, Target) and it's great for beginning knitters, baby clothes, and craft projects. But a couple years ago, the company appeared to be going through a renaissance -- they introduced a new line,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Regular readers of this blog will know how much I love knit colorwork. It's so much fun -- picking the right color combination, watching the pattern unfold... There are lots of cool colorwork traditions in knitting, from simple stripes to elaborate fair isle, but my favorite patterns use knitting to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Idle Hands
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A snowy day in January is a good time to contemplate knitting plans, don't you agree? There's something incredibly satisfying about taking on a challenging new project on a cold winter day (particularly if said project is accompanied by a hot toddy in front of the fire). Here are a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Idle Hands
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A while back, my friend Lindy mentioned how much she liked the Hanna cowl from Lion Brand: via Lion Brand After much debate, I settled on a color palette that seemed right for Lindy, using white, gray, purple, and a bright citron. I think they worked well together in this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Idle Hands
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I've written previously about Nick's extraordinary giftgiving. Every Christmas, he comes up with an elaborate, themed collection of presents (themes have been as varied as warmth, barnyard animals, and the color white). I am lucky to receive such fun, thoughtful gifts, but it produces a certain pressure to reciprocate, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Idle Hands
While wandering around Old Town Alexandria recently, my mom and I happened upon Old City Press, a new letterpress design studio (incidentally located in fibre space's old location). I was immediately drawn in by the prints and cards from favorites like Starshaped Press and Rifle Paper Co. We were there... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Idle Hands