Knitted Wit Craft the Parks 2023

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It’s time once again for the Knitted Wit National Parks Club!
Every month from May-August, we’ll be releasing 4 new parks colorways. Knitted Wit has exhausted all of the traditional US National Parks, save one, so this year, we’ll be showcasing other National Parks areas, such as National Recreation Areas, Heritage sites, etc. Most will fall under one of 4 categories:

  • National History – Eastern USA
  • National History – Western USA
  • Indigenous Culture
  • Human Rights Leaders/notable people

On the first of each month, Knitted Wit will publish a blog post chock-full of information about each park being showcased that month. Check them all out HERE.

Get your postcard stamped with each purchase, and at summer’s end and receive a Craft the Parks 2023 patch with 4 stamps; receive a Craft the Parks 2023 enamel pin with all 16 stamps.

And join Knitted Wit’s Socks and Hats on Vacay KAL on Instagram.  Use your Craft the Parks yarn to knit a Shannon Squire Designs pattern (use the discount code SUMMERTIME23 on Ravelry and Payhip for 25% off your pattern), post on Instagram, and use the hashtags #socksonvacay2023, #hatsonvacay2023, #knittedwit, and #shannonsquiredesigns.

May features:

Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona.  Protects a set of well-preserved dwellings located in Camp Verde, Arizona

Anacostia Park, Washington D.C..  This small but mighty park in the heart of the nation’s capital was developed as a refuge from the hustle and bustle of DC.

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, Idaho.  Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush.

MLK Jr. National Historical Park, Atlanta, Georgia.  A young boy grows up in a time of segregation . . . A dreamer is moved by destiny into leadership of the modern civil rights movement.  The park includes Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood home, the “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden, the first racially-integrated fire station in Atlanta, and Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where MLK Jr was minister.

June features:

Oregon Caves National Monument, southwestern Oregon. Deep within the Siskiyou Mountains are dark, twisting passages that await your discovery.  Eons of acidic water seeping into marble rock created and decorated the wondrous “Marble Halls of Oregon.”

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico.  The park protects more than 33,000 acres of rugged yet beautiful canyons and mesa country.  Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and masonry walls are evidence of early human existence going back 11,000 years.

Fire Island National Seashore, Suffolk County, New York.  Rhythmic waves, high dunes, ancient maritime forests, historic landmarks and glimpses of wildlife, Fire Island has been a special place for diverse plants, animals and people for centuries.

Tallgrass National Park, Kansas. Established on November 12, 1996, the preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Here the tallgrass makes its last stand.

July features:

Gilla Cliff Dwellings National Monument.  Established as a protected site in 1907, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is located on the headwaters of the Gila River in southwest New Mexico.  For thousands of years, nomadic groups of Indigenous people used the caves above Cliff Dweller Creek as temporary shelter, building rooms, crafting pottery, and raising their families.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.  Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, commemorates the contributions of African-American airmen in World War II.  It became a National Monument in 1998.

San Juan Island National Historic Park.  Also known as American and English Camps, San Juan Island, is a U.S. National Historical Park owned and operated by the National Park Service on San Juan Island in the state of Washington.  Established as a National Park in 1966, San Juan Island is well known for its splendid vistas, saltwater shores, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail.  15,000 years ago, much of North America lay under a huge glacier.  Designated as a protected site in 1980, The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail stretching 1,200 miles in the state of Wisconsin, tracing that glacier’s edge.

Aztec Ruins National Monument.  The Aztec Ruins National Monument is located in northwestern New Mexico, on the western bank of the Animas River in Aztec, New Mexico, and was established as a National Monument on January 24, 1923.  The Monument consists of preserved structures constructed by the Native American Pueblo Indians.

Big Cypress National Preserve.  Established in 1974 as a protected site, Big Cypress National Preserve is located in South Florida, about 45 miles west of Miami on the Atlantic coastal plain.  The freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, support the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast. Conserving over 729,000 acres of this vast swamp, Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to diverse wildlife, including the Endangered Florida panther.

Muir Woods National Monument.  Muir Woods lies in the middle of the redwood's latitudinal range that spans from the California/Oregon border to Big Sur, just south of Monterey.  Established as a National Recreation Area in 1908, Muir Woods is known for its towering old-growth redwood trees. Trails wind among the trees to Cathedral Grove and Bohemian Grove, and along Redwood Creek. The Ben Johnson and Dipsea trails climb a hillside for views of the treetops, the Pacific Ocean and Mount Tamalpais in adjacent Mount Tamalpais State Park.

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Historical National Park.  Established on January 31, 2001, this National Park is located in Richmond, California near San Francisco. Coined the 'Arsenal of Democracy' by President Franklin Roosevelt, "Rosie the Riveter" and her "We Can Do It" motto came to symbolize all women Home Front workers.

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