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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
Recent Activity
Okay, so I've never understood why knitting socks is so popular. This is not to say that I don't enjoy handknit socks -- they are incredibly luxurious, they just don't seem worth the work. However, I've recently come across a couple of patterns so fun and cozy they make me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Idle Hands
As usual, Crafty Bastards (DC's annual craft extravaganza) was a ton of fun. And as always, I discovered some great new crafters. The wooden toys from A Summer Afternoon were incredibly cool and creative. I love this workbench -- the tools actually work, so little hands can mix and match... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Idle Hands
I am in love with this cheerful space. Two walls are painted Benjamin Orange Tangelo and the other two a bright white called Cotton Balls. Of course, I couldn't wait to put up some of our favorite prints, plus some new additions. Clockwise from center: -Last year's National Book Festival... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Idle Hands
There was a chill in the air yesterday, reminding me that fall is just around the corner. As usual, I can't help but look forward to boots, sweaters, football, and of course, knitting. I've had colorwork on the brain recently after reading Jared Flood's excellent tutorials on color theory. If... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Idle Hands
So, my health plan provides a handy list of recommended items to bring to the hospital when one has a baby. There, amid numerous practical things like your insurance card, a car seat, etc., one thing jumped right out at me: "a bunting (if weather is cold)." Now, September in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Idle Hands
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 Jul 28, 2014 at Idle Hands
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Check out these fun Easter templates from Famille Summerbelle! via Famille Summerbelle Adorable! Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Idle Hands
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
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
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
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
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