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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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Are you feeling a touch of crisp autumn air? Me neither. It was 91 degrees and muggy today in DC. Sigh. Despite the Halloween candy displays at the grocery store, we have a while to go. Oh well -- a girl can daydream. Here are a few things to get... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Idle Hands
I've been feeling particularly grateful for everyday things recently -- for homemade pesto, and Joshua's first shoes, and perfect August evenings. I found myself thinking of this poem, by Julie Cadwaller-Staub: Reverence The air vibrated with the sound of cicadas on those hot Missouri nights after sundown when the grown-ups... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Idle Hands
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A friend of ours had a baby over the weekend, and it got me thinking about last fall when I came home from the hospital with a newborn. Lots of people brought food by, and I was grateful for every single one of them -- especially those who understood that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Friends, what do we think of this hat? (the Cadillac hat by Lisa Richardson) via Lisa Richardson's ravelry page Would it work if you're not Auntie Mame and you don't have cheekbones that could cut glass? Could it be the fabulous accent to a standard winter coat, or does it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Progress on the map blanket continues. The original pattern uses 20+ colors from across the rainbow. It's appealing in a sort of middle-school-globe way, but it's not something I would want in my living room. To modernize the design, I decided to use a monochromatic color palette of blues and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Idle Hands
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So, the map blanket is becoming a bit cumbersome to knit on the go, related to its large size and the logistics of working multiple colors simultaneously. I need something for easy subway knitting, and the Uljhan Beanie seems just right. via DesiLoop's ravelry page The pattern is complex enough... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Knitting with multiple colors is very do-able, but it is not without compexity. In the past, I've only done stranded colorwork (also called fair isle). In this technique, you switch to a new color by bringing the first color to the back and carrying the strand behind the work, as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Idle Hands
This summer, I've been struggling with what it means to write a blog like this in a world like this. At any given moment, there are sad and shocking things happening in this country, so I don't know why Freddie Gray's death and the ensuing riots in Baltimore shook me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Idle Hands
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How was your 4th of July weekend? Ours was perfect. We saw friends, made ice cream, rode bikes, and watched movies and soccer. Nick made us a new coffee table that is less hazardous for a rapidly-becoming-mobile Joshua, and I, of course, knit. I am working, slowly, on the Lion... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Idle Hands
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The Charlie pullover came out so well. It was really fun and easy, so I would definitely make this pattern again. I made the 18 month size out of Berroco Vintage Chunky, and it is super soft and squishy (and bonus: machine washable). I can picture Joshua toddling around in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Idle Hands
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The Charlie pullover is almost finished! I love this color combination. Blocking photos coming soon! Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Friends, I'm guessing that most of you have already heard about Little Free Library. The concept of these "Take a Book/Leave a Book" neighborhood sharing spots took off a couple of years ago, but for some reason, a new burst of Little Free Libraries came to Capitol Hill this spring.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Idle Hands
A few of my favourite online stores have special events in the works, both virtually and in person. If you're in the neighborhood, check it out! Brooklyn: Thursday, June 11th and Friday, June 12th, Haptic Lab is having a sample sale. Snag $10 kites and $75 quilts. Unfortunately, it's only... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Idle Hands
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It's starting to look like a sweater! The Charlie pullover is knit from the bottom up: the body and each sleeve are knit separately, and then you knit them together before starting the colorwork yoke. I like this approach, because it means you get to do the funnest part (the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Idle Hands
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That's me. Luckily, I have been on vacation the last few days, and while no one wants to spend their vacation sick, being at my mother-in-law's lovely house has allowed me to take many naps and watch Miss Congeniality and go to bed at 9 o'clock -- all things I... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at Idle Hands
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I've been on a mission to use up yarn in my stash. I had a few skeins of Berrocco vintage chunky left over from the Drifty hat and decided to use them for the Charlie pullover. via pamela wynne's ravelry page The Charlie sweater is knit from the bottom up... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Idle Hands
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A few years ago, I received an unexpected, perfect gift. I grew up with these photos, part of the back-drop of my grandmother's house that I knew by heart but never really thought about. There's my mom, in the bottom right, wearing a sweater that she knit that I still... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Have you ever found the perfect gift, and then no matter how impractical it is, you just can't get anything else? This is a frequent problem for me that has sometimes led to absurd situations, like hauling a rose bush across the country as my carry-on bag. Well, I've thought... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Idle Hands
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It's hard not to feel the joy that comes with spring, but I feel it more acutely now that I have my own garden -- maybe because I am so aware that spring will be gone almost as quickly as it came. Within a couple of weeks, the garden will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Idle Hands
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As a health policy geek, I find fibre space's new line of ICD10 bags and t-shirts hilarious. via fibre space For the uninitiated: ICD is short-hand for the International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems. Basically, it's a numerical classification system to describe the nature of your symptom... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Okay, here it is: I generally don't understand what people love about photos of baby animals (or animals in general). I don't believe I have ever once seen a picture of a small creature and said "Awwww." Although Nick has an ongoing love affair with LOL cats, I do not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Idle Hands
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We've been waiting for you (not very patiently). This spring is particularly sweet because I have a new helper in the garden. Happy Easter! Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Idle Hands
Nick's grandmother told me that after I had a baby, there would be less time to knit but more fun in buying ready-made. Wise woman! A baby comes with a lot of stuff, and the best of that stuff is useful AND fun. For some of my favorites, check out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Idle Hands
Spring is almost here -- the daffodils are pushing up through the soil, there are buds on the trees, and I am restless. I'm ready to take on a new project, but what? I think that after all the fun but frivolous projects I've been engaged in recently (I'm looking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Yes, it is March. And yes, I am working on Christmas balls for this December. Am I a crazy person? Possibly. But these are just so fun to make. Also, I've been the recipient of many lovely handmade baby gifts recently, and I want to give something thoughtful in return.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Idle Hands