Meg Joins the Navy

A new member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a proud wife of a Navy corpsman stationed together at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

28 January 2013

Obsessions of January 2013

Things I'm obsessed with right now:
If you haven't seen this movie, you have to. No questions.

Cute guy (Skylar Astin) from the movie + Breakfast Club references + great kiss at end. *aca-swoon*

New dress from Francesca's, ready for wedding activities!

Denim shirts, this one from Old Navy

My super sweet red Corral boots, my graduation present to myself

My new pin! Thank you Shelby!

Bath & Body Works scent diffusers, these things are strong! Thank you Kim!
 Just stocked up on a bunch of these refills since their annual sale is going on, Hello, 5 for $20!
Thirty-One utility tote, a nurse must

23 January 2013

Knit Sweater Vest

 Apologies for the duck face, I was a couple years younger in these photos.  The sweater has since disappeared. :(

You'll need:
  • 2 skeins of yarn
  • Straight needles, size 6 & 8
  • Circular needles size 5, 16" long
  • 2 stitch holders
  • Place marker
  • Darning needle
  1. Cast on 80 stitches on small size needles, loosely.
  2. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 2".
  3. Change to larger needles.
  4. Work in stockinette stitch until back measures 10", end by working a purl row.  
  5. Row 1:  K1, slip 1 as if to knit, K1, PSSO, knit across to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
  6. Row 2:  Purl across.
  7. Repeat rows 1 & 2, 6 times.
  8. Work even in stockinette stitch until piece measures 18 1/2", end by working a knit row.
  9. Bind off 6 sts at the beginning of the next 6 rows.  Slip remaining sts onto holder.
            Work same as Back until piece measures 16”, ending by working a knit row.

Neck Shaping:  (Both sides of neck are worked at the same time, using separate yarn for each side.)
            Row 1:  Purl 24 sts, slip next 18 onto holder; with 2nd yarn, purl 24.
Row 2:  Knit across to within 2 sts of edge, K2 tog; with 2nd yarn, slip 1 as if to knit, K1, PSSO, knit across.
Row 3:  Purl across to within 2 sts of edge, P2 tog; with 2nd yarn, P2 tog, purl across.
Row 4:  Repeat Row 2.
Row 5:  Purl.
Row 6:  Repeat Rows 4 &5, 3 times.
Work until front measures back, end by working a knit row.
Bind off 6 sts at the beginning of the next 5 rows.  Bind off remaining sts.


            Weave shoulder seams.
            With right side facing & using circular needle, K 30 sts from back holder, pick up 21 sts evenly spaced along left neck edge, K 18 sts from front holder, pick up 21 sts evenly spaced along right neck edge, place marker.  K 2 rows.  Bind off loosely.
  Weave underarms.

18 January 2013

Knit Newborn Hats

I've been knitting newborn hats for a while... kind of doing one every so often when longer projects never seem to end and I need to feel like I'm getting somewhere while knitting.  For Christmas, I was able to donate 22 newborn hats to the postpartum unit I'm working on!  I may be biased, but I think my hats looked the best. :)  There are several variations so I will start with the basic.

 You'll need:
  • Your choice of baby yarn (it's softer)
  • Double pointed needles, size 4
  • Straight needles, size 4
  • Darning needle
Adding a few with different patterns.

For the Christmas baby girls in stitch-stitch pattern

The basic knitting pattern is as follows:
  1. Cast on 62 stitches.
  2. Knit all stitches for 32 rows.
  3. On next two rows, K2tog and knit to end.
  4. Transfer to 3 double pointed needles, 20 stitches on each needle.
  5. Knit 11 rounds
  6. SSK, K6, K2tog twice, K6, K2tog
  7. Repeat step 6 two times.
  8. Knit row
  9. Repeat step 6 on opposite rows, decreasing knit stitches with each row, and knitting a row inbetween until approximately 12 stitches remain.
  10. K2tog for entire row.
  11. Cut yarn and thread with darning needle through remaining stitches and sew to secure thread.
  12. Using darning needle, sew seams together.
You can really get creative by using different stitches, such as a stitch-stitch pattern, seed stitch, creating a ribbed edge, adding bows or pompoms.  Simply substitute the knitting for purling or adding a ribbed edge.  Be careful if adding ribbing that you keep even numbers of stitches so the pattern flows evenly.  If you are making these to donate, I suggest making different sizes by casting on fewer or more stitches because babies can be super tiny or super big!

To make the bow:

Cast on 10 stitches and knit each row until 3 inches long and cast off.  Wrap a piece of yarn around the center a few times and knot in back to secure.  With darning needle, secure to hat.

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02 January 2013

2012 in Pictures

Looking back on what seemed to be one of the fastest years yet!

Trips to meet in the middle across the east coast... Williamsburg, VA & Washington DC

Getting engaged in front of a waterfall!
Nurses' Pinning Ceremony

Graduating as the first in my family to get their Bachelor's degree
A re-make of senior week in OCMD, college style
Our first home in Hubert, NC
A family vacation in OBX
Becoming a commissioned officer and Navy Nurse
Sailing around Newport, RI
Touring Boston, MA
Ending the year with some of the family
Getting a big girl car!
 What a year! My 2013 resolutions are to learn to cook more (especially grilling), read more (especially finish the Bible... a few more books to go!), check out North Carolina (Raleigh, Charlotte) and the surrounding states, and keep in touch with old and new friends.