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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
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 7 days ago at Idle Hands
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
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
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
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
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
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
There are those naysayers who complain about the holiday season starting earlier and earlier each year. I am not one of these people. As soon as Halloween is over, I embrace the holidays with open arms. Christmas carols? Bring em on. Gingerbread? Let's do it. Christmas balls? Definitely. I just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Idle Hands
Meet Joshua, our new little one! Not surprisingly, Joshua has many hats: Sweet hats, like this one from Fog Linen (why is everything so much cuter with ears?!), and silly hats, like this one, which reminds me of a tiny Who from Whoville (thank you, grandma!). Stylish hats, and yes,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Idle Hands
It's almost here, and we are ready, with a stockpile of candy, a pair of goulish jack-o-lanterns, and a creepy, crawly addition to our roofline: Pretty great, right? The spider was Nick's brainchild. He created the legs out of 2x4s, covered them with spray foam, spray painted them, and then... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Idle Hands
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