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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, 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 5 days ago at Idle Hands
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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