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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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Check out these fun Easter templates from Famille Summerbelle! via Famille Summerbelle Adorable! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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
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
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
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
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
More Christmas balls! I ended up finishing four total. The matching birds are so pretty! One Christmas ball per month in 2014 -- now there's a New Year's resolution I can get on board with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Idle Hands
Finally! I can share a few highlights of holiday projects I was working on. The becot hat, by Julie Hoover I loved working with this insanely soft mink yarn. And I like the finished hat's relaxed, slouchy style. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Idle Hands
It may not be snowing outside, but it is a winter wonderland in here. I hope your holiday is filled with light and love. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at Idle Hands
Looking for a craft project for a snow day? A little moment of calm in the craziness of holiday preparations? I have the perfect project for you, courtesy of my friend Lindy (and her sister in law, Lindsey): an easy felt banner. Mine says "Let it snow," shown here strung... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Idle Hands
Wondering what to get the crafter on your list? Look no further. For the cook: Agrarian has a beautiful selection of kits. I am partial to these potholders: via Agrarian For the knitter: I think you already know how much I love this book. I promise hours of fun. For... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Idle Hands
If you're looking to give a handknit gift for Christmas, fear not -- there is still time. The key, of course, is to pick something that will knit up quickly, which means a project that is not too big and knit with a nice, chunky yarn. A few ideas to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Idle Hands
My dear friend Janelle is not Halloween's biggest fan. So last year, I decided to take things into my own hands and make her son, Tate's, Halloween costume. Thus, a miniature minute man was born. This year, I decided to go with a lion. I started with the Eenie, Meenie,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Idle Hands
Making Christmas balls, that is. Ball #2 features an anchor design. The first two are Christmas gifts, but I may also have to make one of these for the cat. They are basically his perfect object. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Idle Hands
I am doing my best to hold out until November before playing Christmas music, but holiday preparations are nonetheless off to a good start at our house, helped along by this absurdly fun book: My first ornament was this happy little snowman. Once you've started, it's hard to stop, so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Idle Hands
The darling cardigan is finished! It really all came together for me after finding these wonderful buttons. I love how the periwinkle color pops against the brown. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed in this pattern. The finished product is adorable, but the embroidery is what makes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Idle Hands
By now you know that I can get on board with just about any excuse for gift-giving, and it will come as no surprise that I have been occasionally known to give Halloween gifts. However, any of my efforts pale in comparison with the package that recently arrived on my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Idle Hands
Sunday afternoon, I stopped by Union Market to wander through the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair, DC's annual ode to all things crafty. As usual, I enjoyed checking out the wares from some of my favorite crafters, including namoo quilts, rar rar press, and Nathan William Murrell. Happily, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Idle Hands
It's finished! Pattern: Greta by by Elisa Contolini Yarn: Cascade 128 superwash I had a bright red scarf a couple years ago that I absolutely loved (seen here). After I lost it (a sad day, indeed), I searched high and low for a similar one, but to no avail. Finally,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Idle Hands
Just in time for Oktoberfest (formal start date: 9/21), Toby Roxana Barnes brings us a new pattern in the Deep Fall Issue of Knitty. Meet the Beer Mitt: via Knitty Part mitten, part coozie, it will keep your beer cold and your hands warm. I can't help but think that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at Idle Hands