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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
Time for Part 2 of the 2015 gift guide: gifts for crafters. Is there a knitter in your life? Look no further than cocoknits for beautiful and functional tools, like the knitter's keep kit, which includes a magnetic bracelet and metal tools, so you can keep all your needles and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Idle Hands
It will not surprise you to know that I am partial toward homemade Christmas stockings. Growing up, I had A LOT of them. My first stocking was felt and featured a rocking horse and a gingerbread man. Later, I had one fashioned to look like a giant ballet slipper. Now,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at Idle Hands
Oh, Purl Soho, you are so tempting, with your beautiful patterns and your lovely styling. But sometimes, you are also ridiculous. Consider the Falling Bobbles blanket. I LOVE this pattern. It is so cozy -- so squishy and inviting. Some pros: - Made with superbulky yarn, it would knit quickly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Idle Hands
It's November, which means that I am indulging in a steady stream of ginger bread and holiday music. Happy holidays! There''s still plenty of time to finish something for the holidays, as long as, unlike me, you pick something reasonable, and not, say, a blanket map of the 50 states... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Idle Hands
Knitflix: an occasional series on the intersection of two of our favorite things (movies and knitting) from friend-of-the-blog Lindy Parker Vega. Ever since September arrived, I've been feeling nostalgic for sweaters of all types: chunky cableknit, cropped 90s mohair, oversized vintage cardigans - even fringed poncho-scarf hybrids have been giving... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Idle Hands
We just got back from a whirlwind cross-country trip for a friend's wedding. We are about to fall into bed, but wanted to share this genius idea for traveling with little ones from O Chickadee all the way back in 2010: the wailing baby survival kit. via O Chickadee Guaranteed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Idle Hands
I have an ongoing love affair with Starshaped Press, a Chicago-based letterpress studio "printing like it's 1929 since 1999." Seriously, I can't get enough of these guys. Their classic aesthetic is beautifully exemplified by their new ampersand series. (I myself am not a huge font geek, but I love that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Idle Hands
I have very fond memories of homemade Halloween costumes. But then, I had a mother who actually made me Samantha's Christmas dress for a school project where we were supposed to come dressed as the character from a book. via A*G outsider So, you know, we were in a different... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Idle Hands
We just returned from a very beautiful, very blustery weekend. After several rainy, windy days, I naturally took to the kitchen to make some soup -- one of the many great things about fall. Here are a few of my favorite recipes for your inspiration: Ribollita with italian sausage. Sausage,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Idle Hands
How is it possible that I did not know of the ravelry store? Happily, it goes beyond the usual "I love ewe" knitting puns (though let's be clear: I love a knitting pun) with items like these sweet notions cards: via ravelry and these adorable project bags featuring happy knitting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Idle Hands
Here's the thing: Elbow patches are basically silly for most of us. I have had a couple of well-loved sweaters that eventually got thin in the elbows, but this is rare (so rare that a sweater my mom knit and wore in the 1970s still has perfectly nice elbows). If... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Idle Hands
Less than two weeks to Crafty Bastards! This is one of the highlights of the year in DC for crafters and makers of all stripes (see previous Crafty Bastards round-ups here). To get you organized (and psyched),they are featuring pinterest boards of covetable handmade items. Here are a few of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Idle Hands
Isn't this quilt top fantastic? via SewMamaSew Hillary Goodwin's tutorial on Sew Mama Sew makes this seem totally doable. Coincidentally, it would look great on my dream bed (the Quincy bed from Ethan Allen): via Ethan Allen Hope you enjoy a moment of rest this long weekend! Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at Idle Hands
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 Aug 31, 2015 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Charlie pullover is almost finished! I love this color combination. Blocking photos coming soon! Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Idle Hands
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