Stress Relieving Kermie Koozie

Happy finally Friday!  It’s been a long week littered with stress and migraines, blech.  Usually workouts are my go-to in order to relieve stress but they have been ineffective this week.  So, what does a knitter do to relieve stress?  She makes a Kermie Koozie for a friend 🙂  The pattern turned out pretty good, though if you’re stranding multiple colors, be sure to keep the tension loose!  I am sure the stress had nothing to do with it, but my koozie is a smidge tight.  The koozie fits wonderfully around a bottle of craft beer, though (tee-hee!).

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Kermie Koozie
Dimensions: ~6 x 4
Gauge: 10 stitches and 15 rows = 2″ using US 4
Materials: worsted weight yarn, 5 US 4 double pointed needles, stitch marker
Chart: at bottom of page, may opt to knit up to 3 kermies in one pattern.

CO 48 and distribute evenly on 4 needles.
Row 1-5: K2, P2
Row 6-11: Knit
Row 12-30: follow chart.
NOTE:  I completed the chart 3 consecutive times (so I have 3 Kermits).  I placed two stitch markers to mark the end/beginning between chart 1-2 and 2-3.
Row 31-35: Knit (remove stitch markers)
Row 36-39: K2, P2
BO in K2, P2
Optional decrease if you’re going to use it for bottles only and want a snug fit around the neck:
Row 31: K2, K2tog 12x
Row 32: Knit
Row 33: K2, K2tog 8x, (optional K1, K3tog)
Row 34-35: Knit
Proceed to end of pattern.
Weave in ends.

Ahh, stress is better…and how can you not smile when looking at 3 Kermits keeping your beer cool?

I hope you enjoy.  If you make the project, please do not sell.  Make it for yourself or to brighten a friend/family member’s day 🙂

Cheers!

P.S. please let me know if you find an errata so I can correct it on the decrease (I only made a standard).

CHART:

kermit-chart

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Day 10

On Day 10, already.  It’s hard to believe.  I always seem to hit a mini slump after the first successful week, almost like my inner self is attempting to sabotage my momentum.  Like today, started out superb.  Had a heavy breakfast: chocolate vegan Shakeology with 1/2cup dark sweet cherries, handful of baby spinach and blended the mix with water, yummy!  Had a pint of water, a healthy lunch: veggie omelette with 1 slice whole grain toast, and then the mid afternoon gremlins kicked in.  I sort of gave into a leftover slice of key lime pie I made for my hubby’s birthday.  I’m not going to lie, it was delish, but say hello to a sugar crash 🙃.

At least I maintained focus to complete my Wednesday workout: P90X3 yoga followed by hills at max on the stationary.

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I’m not a fan of doing cardio like that indoors in the summer but I’m also not a fan of migraines.  I’ve learned the hard way that if I work out in heat over 80°F I’m gonna get one and I’m worthless and in lots of pain for the unforeseeable future.  To make the stationary interesting I gave into one of my poisons…River Monsters!  45 minutes flew by I tell ya!

Finishing my day with post workout Highlander Grogg Chocolate Shakeology and knitting!  Working on a summer scarf, I’ll probably finish it about he time summer ends😉 tee-hee

Cheers!

 

Day what? 5!

Whew!  Day 5 is donsky! 😁. Started it out with a quick yoga warm up and a 4+ mile run.  Tried out the new toe cushion.  I’m on the fence at this point.  I’ll keep it on while walking around to get used to it.  It did seem to help “crunchy toe” when I was doing that.  It does mess with running form which ended up my primary focus during the run.  Made the time go by quickly!

Then a quick Shakeology and off to work.   The day got a little crazy on me.  Was hoping for a half day but ended up working longer.  It was draining and I honestly debated doing my P90X3 Warrior workout.  Alas, I talked myself into it.  How you ask?  It’s cheat meal day for me and I told myself I only get to enjoy the Sofia’s flat bread mushroom/asparagus pizza and new white viognier from Aussie if I do my workout.  Whahahaha, apparently I’m as food motivated as The Mollinator.  Who would have thought?

So there you have it.  If you thought people who regularly workout and fit in fitness don’t struggle with motivation, you’re wrong.  We all struggle.  It’s finding whatever it takes to stay motivated.  Sometimes that may be a cheat meal, it could be an upcoming event, participating in one of my challenge groups, or simply remembering why you do it, why it’s important.  And any time you struggle, your motivation may come from a different source.

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So, I hope your Friday was fabulous.  I’m decking it with my lass of white, knitting and The Mollinator while my pizza bakes.

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Cheers!

You Know You Have A Problem When

I haven’t been able to admit fully to my husband that I have a knitting/crochet problem, though he has been kind enough to tell me that it is a problem.  Luckily I know that he’s joking.  I know he is genuinely concerned when I’m frantically knitting at 4:30 in the morning on New Years day to finish a project but that’s just called completing a task on time 😉  The potential of a problem may also be apparent by my interior decorating.  I purchase cute bins that match the decor to store my various ongoing projects, it’s cute right?

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Or perhaps I have a Healthy problem.  I have found a way to work projects while exercising!  I envy those who can knit and run.  That just spells disaster for me.

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I’ve learned that I can’t seem to go without 4 projects lately.  I had finally finished the scarf, 2 blankets and bundle of tulle scrubbies/knit wash clothes for the holiday gifts.  Now I’m onto a baby blanket, rug, hat and another blanket.

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I like to think it’s a good problem. I have learned how to create my own patterns (yes, they’re basic but you have to start somewhere), tackle new projects that require me learn new skills (thank goodness for google, YouTube and great friends who also have a problem) and I just can’t seem to just Sit and watch TV without something productive to do.  I can’t help but feel like I’m wasting time.  So, this afternoon after taking care of house chores, working out and checking in with my challengers I find myself starting the newest project, the rug.  So far so good!  It will be for my twin brother.  I love working projects for my brothers, I honestly feel they are my biggest fans.  One of my bros actually texted me at 12:30 am when he couldn’t sleep because he forgot his Green Bay Packer blanket at my house (mind you this is because all other blankets are consumed by the dog and his wife).  So, it’s motivating to know my hard work is appreciated and fuels my “problem”.  I only hope that others find a problem of their own.

Here’s to acknowledging and accepting that I have too many hobbies 😄

Cheers!