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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
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 4 days ago 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
A few of my favourite online stores have special events in the works, both virtually and in person. If you're in the neighborhood, check it out! Brooklyn: Thursday, June 11th and Friday, June 12th, Haptic Lab is having a sample sale. Snag $10 kites and $75 quilts. Unfortunately, it's only... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Idle Hands
It's starting to look like a sweater! The Charlie pullover is knit from the bottom up: the body and each sleeve are knit separately, and then you knit them together before starting the colorwork yoke. I like this approach, because it means you get to do the funnest part (the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Idle Hands
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 May 24, 2015 at Idle Hands
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
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
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
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
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