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:

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Finding Balance and Baked Oatmeal

Yesterday was fabulous!  I got some chores done (laundry, weeding and the continued battle with this spikey green plant from hell).  My hubby and I ran errands on the motorcycles, which just makes running errands all the more fun.  We had a lovely afternoon visiting my twin via skype, enjoyed an epic cheat meal and more family time with Skype and FaceTime all the while enjoying a few craft drinks.

This morning I woke up a bit groggy, thanks to a great Olympic beach volleyball match at 11pm and thanks to ChoChi for informing me with a head butt & chase around the bedroom at 2:30am and again at 5:00am that she was famished.  Nonetheless at 6:30 it was time to get my Sunday going.  I love Sundays, it’s my day to reassess and recharge.  I completed my personal development reading while sipping perhaps the  most amazing almond milk latte on the planet (I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I was still tired) and then off to my office to get my Preparation Sunday going.  Here’s my rundown in a nutshell and it works: Assess the previous week, what went well/what didn’t & adjust for this week, plan my meals (in conjunction with my work schedule), schedule my workouts (with a back-up time), schedule my coach power hour, and create my Foundation To-Do list to add daily to my CCDM to-do.  It’s shear genius!  Since adopting this strategy I get more done and feel less stressed.  Not to mention I’m beginning to get “life balance” down.  Identifying what’s important to me and making that a priority while still enjoying other aspects of life.  I think one of the biggies here is health and fitness.  It’s something most people struggle with; how to enjoy life & social time and still stay healthy and fit.  Here is my two cents on that.

The first step is to Decide that being healthy is really what you want and it’s Your Priority.  Then tell yourself Why it’s important, this is uber critical, it’s what keeps you focused.

For example: the more I have been training and eating well, the more results I have seen (duh), when I eat like shit and drink too much, I don’t train for shit and don’t see results (duh again but sometimes it takes careful tracking to come to this very simple conclusion.  Something I work through with my challengers).  It’s important to me to workout and progress so eating better and not drinking as much as I used to is my priority.  I still enjoy cheat meals and social time with family and friends, I just try to keep things in check….balance 😀

As an ode to balance and my sweet tooth here is a healthy Peach Oatmeal Bake Recipe that tastes as good as dessert. It’s a modified version of a Cookie and Kate recipe so many many thanks to her blog and creativity.

Serves 1 (just double or triple for more)
Ingredients:
1/3 cup rolled oats
pinch of baking powder
dash nutmeg
dash cinnamon
pinch of Himalayan salt
1 sliced peach
2 tsp melted virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 flax egg (1 Tbl chia/flax, 2 Tbl H20)
1/4 tsp pure maple syrup

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Preheat oven to 375F.  Combine your dry ingredients.  Use extra coconut oil to grease a small baking dish.  Combine your milk, egg and syrup.  Place your sliced peach around the rim of the dish.  Stir the melted coconut oil into your oats and spoon the mix into the dish over the peach.  Pour your milk mixture over the oats and smoosh around to evenly coat/soak the oats.  Bake at 375F for 25 minutes.
Optional: sprinkle toasted pecans over the top.

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Enjoy with an espresso on your deck with your furbaby 🙂

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Have an amazing day!