The Cozy Checkered Hat

This fun, warm hat is an easy and quick project! Living in the mid-west means chilly Fall weather and freezing Winters. I love coming up with new patterns for my family and friends during this time of year. This cozy checkered hat is perfect as a gift, or just for yourself. Enjoy!


-Lions Brand Thick n Quick, Big Twist, or Buttercream Yarn For this hat I chose to do a different color for the brim of the hat, but you could always make it in one solid color. For the hat in the picture I used Lions Brand Thick n Quick yarn in ‘Black’ and ‘Fisherman’.

-#15 circular needles (16 inch)

-Tapestry needle for weaving through and tying-off.

With Black Yarn

CO 40 sts. (30 stitches for a toddler size hat)

Row 1: *K1, P1*

Row 2-5: repeat row 1

Change yarn color to ‘Fisherman’

Row 6-11: *K5, P5*

Row 12-17: *P5, K5*

Row 18-23: *K5, P5* (for a toddler size hat stop here!)

Row 24-29: *P5, K5”

Weave ends through and tie off. Make a pom pom, or use a store bought one to finish it off!


Muscle Pain Roller

DSC_0661As and active family of seven, you can imagine how many muscles aches we have in our house. Whether the kids have growing pains, muscle injuries from wresting meets and volleyball tournaments, I felt that I was constantly giving them over the counter medication. Luckily for me a friend introduced me to Young Living Essential Oils. Now, let me explain that I was EXTREMELY skeptical of what I thought was a  ‘tree-hugging hippy’ waste of my time. Well, call me a tree-hugging hippy, (please don’t) but I was amazed at how fast I was able to bring relief to my children as well as myself!

If you search out sites on the internet, you will find hundreds of oil recipes. I caution you to do your research!!! Some recipes sound great until I verify the oils being used in my reference book. (If you don’t already have the Essential Oils Pocket Reference [sixth edition], by: Life Science….GET IT!) Amazon carries it, and I use it everyday! It has information on almost every ailment such as hair loss, to more serious diseases.  Even though I have been totally converted to believing in the healing properties of oils I, in no way, think that it is okay to discount medical advice. I use oils as my first line of defense, before moving forward to traditional over the counter medications, and doctors visits.

So, after making you read all of this, here is my Muscle Pain Roller Recipe.

In a 10ml amber (or other dark color) roller bottle. combine the following:

Cypress                          10 drops

Black Pepper                 4 drops

Idaho Balsam Fir         4 drops

Lemongrass                   4 drops

Peppermint                   5 drops

*Fill the remainder of the roller bottle with the carrier oil of your choice (I used grape seed oil). Place the roller top on the bottle and roll away!