This is my 2023 knitting update, although I haven’t really been knitting enough to have much of an update. This summer, especially, was a bad time for knitting. I usually knit when I am watching television and we went four months without television. Which meant four months with only a couple of national park hats knitted.
But I figured I would show you what has been on my needles anyway. I knitted two more hats from Knitting the National Parks. I knitted the Mammoth Cave hat again and gave it to the bookstore manager at Cumberland Gap in case she orders the books and wants a sample. The Mammoth Cave hat is one of my favorites because it looks very cool. I also knit the Zion hat. The only reason to knit that hat was that I had all the colors I needed for it already. The bobbles on the trees were fun.
I knit two baby blankets. One went to Ranger Michael’s new baby Jack who was born in September. I used the Encore 8 Hour Baby Blanket Pattern for that. The other went to Ranger Caitlyn’s baby Grayson. I used the Encore Sampler Afghan pattern. That one was especially fun to knit because it was a sampler where I was changing stitches every section. I bought yarn to make two other baby blankets, but with the lack of knitting time over the summer they didn’t get done in a timely fashion. Hopefully some other babies will come along!
I also knit one prayer shawl using the Original Prayer Shawl pattern. Mary Sager, my brother-in-law’s mother, gave me a bag of yarn when she moved into a nursing home. I started the shawl with her yarn and soon realized that I wouldn’t have enough. So I bought a big ball of Red Heart Yarn from JoAnns. It seemed like it took forever to finish the shawl because of no knitting over the summer. I gave it to Bruce and Bev Shepherd. Bruce has esophageal cancer and is on hospice care.
Right now I am knitting a really different project. It is a Shetland Old Shell Hap. I am on the border, which requires knitting 88 triangles and I am almost done. But the pattern, and the story behind it, deserves its own blog post, so you will have to wait for that until I am done.
That is my 2023 knitting update. What’s on your needles?