Monthly Archives: December 2019

New Christmas Stocking

After Holly was born, we knew we had to follow family tradition and make her a stocking. Lloyd and I spent a lot of time working out a design together that we both liked before I started knitting. It took less (calendar) time than I thought. Babies sleep most of the day so I had plenty of knitting time! Bonus: I already had most of the yarn and only had to buy one skein. This wasn’t planned; I just have a lot of yarn.

We’re very happy with the result and are looking forward to using it for many years to come.

Working out the design on grid paper. We decided to go with something a bit more hollyish than the original design.

Working out the design on grid paper. We decided to go with something a bit more hollyish than the original design.

The finished stocking,

The finished stocking,

Our Christmas fireplace. Just a slight variation in stocking sizes...

Our Christmas fireplace. Just a slight variation in stocking sizes – probably reflective of our (eventual) heights. :)

Seaside, OR

Last weekend we took a micro vacation down to the Oregon coast. Awkwardly, we have been to the ocean a number of times since we moved out to Seattle a couple of years ago but, given how close we are to the Sound and our own coast, we hadn’t yet made it south of the Columbia River.

Since we live right next to a ferry, we took that for the first stretch of the trip which both feels weird and let us bypass the terrible Ft. Bragg / Tacoma traffic so I was very happy with all of that. Seaside was pretty much exactly what I expected it to be: a sleepy beach town that is 100% focused on tourism. As an odd piece of trivia, Seaside is also the end of the Lewis and Clark trail and the various signs don’t let you forget it.

The house we rented was right next to the beach and we probably spent 5 of the 8 hours of sunlight everyday walking the beach. It was extremely pretty and well worth the trip. I think next time we go we might want to stay a little further out of the town – especially if we are there in the summer – but it was nice to be able to walk to the amenities (read: coffee shops and restaurants that were still open).

We had a great time, although traveling (at least short road trips) with the baby required a bit more planning. Happily, it didn’t cramp our style too hard.

You can see the edge of the beach from our (rented) front yard.

You can see the edge of the beach from our (rented) front yard.

Guest cousins' dog!

Guest cousins’ dog!

This is 100% a prog rock album cover. I may have been listening to too much Pink Floyd recently.

This is 100% a prog rock album cover. I may have been listening to too much Pink Floyd recently.

We we right next to Haystack rock, which is a well known tourist attraction (apparently ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

We we right next to Haystack Rock, which is a well known tourist attraction apparently ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Saved the best picture for last.

Saved the best picture for last.

Purple Leggings

Another post from me and, oddly, it’s another pants post. This time: baby leggings. After spending an embarrassing amount of time looking at patterns for baby clothes, I discovered that they were great for getting rid of small amount of fabric. Of course, I don’t have much of that around, so I immediately pulled out the fabric I had left over from a test dress I made for this. If I had been more familiar with baby clothes at the time, I’m not sure I would have made sparkly purple leggings but they were still fun to make. (Side note: it’s totally fine if a girl owns clothing that doesn’t have glitter on it!)

I got the pattern from Spoonflower, but I thought I’d walk you through the steps.

The pattern pieces. This whole thing uses about half a yard of fabric.

First, cut out the fabric. This used about half a yard of fabric. Perfect for those leftovers I totally don’t save.

Sew the front and back together at the sides.

Sew the front and back together at the sides.

Hem the bottom of the legs.

Hem the bottom of the legs.

Sew the inner leg seem.

Sew the inner leg seem.

Sew in the waist band and you've got a pair of pants! These took me less than an hour to make.

Sew in the waist band and you’ve got a pair of pants! These took me less than an hour to make.