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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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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 4 days ago 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
My dear friend Janelle (blogger, style maven, and gift giver par excellence) recently asked my advice about gifts for knitters and crocheters. Intuitively, there is something appealing about buying yarn, but in my experience this is risky. The biggest problem is that people often buy only one or two skeins,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Last week, I shared my excitement over an adorable hat pattern for babies and kids that uses worsted weight yarn. A reader wrote in to ask what "worsted weight" means. Yarn weights (and their associated jargon) are one of the many confusing things that can be off-putting to beginning knitters... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Idle Hands
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I just finished the Earflap Hat by Jane Richmond. Sadly, I think this is one of those items that is very hard to photograph well without an adorable kid wearing it. I mean, this looks fine, but there's no competing with this: via Jane Richmond's ravelry page I made the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Idle Hands
When you're writing about something meditative and vaguely old-fashioned like knitting, it's easy to slip into a tone of nostalgia, as though it's all happy afternoons by the fire, sipping tea with a cat curled in your lap while you effortlessly create something beautiful. And sometimes it is. But often... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Nick and I were fortunate to receive a number of beautiful handmade gifts for Joshua. Every day, they remind me how lucky we are to have so many people who love us and want the best for him. Happily, baby gifts don't have to be complicated to be cherished. If... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Idle Hands
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There are so many great things about the Poppy hat, by Justine Turner: -It is adorably girly, like it was made for tea parties: via Just Jussi's ravelry page -The pattern includes instructions for 7 sizes (ages newborn to 10) and three yarn weights (sport, DK, and worsted). And, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Are you familiar with the "What is it?" segment on Ask This Old House? The TOH guys examine a seemingly inscrutable piece of hardware and take turns guessing its purpose before finally revealing the truth -- sort of like the Wait-Wait-Don't-Tell-Me of home improvement. (Forgive this inside baseball, dear readers,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Idle Hands
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Confession: I love dollhouses. Actually, miniatures of all types. I saw Country Living's roundup of dollhouses, and it brought me right back to age 12, studying the dollhouses at the craft store with a mixture of awe and longing. via Country Living Why are miniatures so fascinating? I don't know... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Idle Hands
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This simple, slouchy hat (Renfew, by Jane Richmond) is quite clever. It is knit inside out and then flipped, so that the purl side faces outward, yielding a nice nubby texture. The stripe looks like a cable but is actually ingeniously made with a yarn over -- very easy and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Idle Hands
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I love this design by Laura Irwin: it knits up quickly, doesn't take much yarn, and has a cool vintage feel -- sort of fascinator meets cozy knit headband. It's a bit hard to see the details here knit in black, but you can get a sense of the shape.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Idle Hands
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This blog has seen me though so much -- three jobs, a new baby, more than 60 finished projects (and a few abandoned ones). In the five years we have been together, I have become a better knitter and seamstress. I still love the thought and care that goes into... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Idle Hands
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The only thing I love more than a felt Christmas decoration is a laser cut felt Christmas decoration. In fact, I love laser cut just about anything...which is why I am so excited that the DC Public Library is getting a laser cutter! That's right. The new Maker Space planned... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Idle Hands
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Whew! I am so glad I got this one done. I started this sweater (Wethersfield by Cecily Glowik MacDonald) for my mom the very first week of 2014. At the time, I hoped to have it finished by Mother's Day, but in the end, I had to settle for Thanksgiving.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Idle Hands
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I am not normally one for message onesies. Does my baby really need a t-shirt that says "Mommy loves me?" Of course mommy loves him. This goes without saying. But I have to make an exception for Unalibri's sweet children's line, in which a portion of the proceeds goes to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Idle Hands