Campside+keep going

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I instantly fell in love with the Campside shawl by Alicia Plummer when it was first released ages ago. I immediately downloaded it and then I took one look at the chart only pattern and immediately felt defeated but determined. I really wanted this shawl.

I was a relatively new knitter with little experience with shawls and I had no clue how to knit from charts. I read it over a bunch of times but still couldn’t make sense of it.
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I even bought the yarn for it. I searched Ravelry forums for any help and I found out someone was so kind and generous to write out the chart only pattern line by line and with row counts. I could knit the shawl after all.

I naively thought I would start it and finish in the month of August. We would be camping and what a nice project to work on while there. I didn’t get to work on it then and I didn’t complete it in August.

As you can see I’m still knitting it. After I took this pic I realized I had made a mistake. I was very frustrated. It was eight rows I had to rip back. But as Elizabeth Zimmerman taught us I remembered I’m in charge of my knitting. I got it back on track and promptly made two other mistakes. Thankfully I love the yarn (cotton, alpaca and silk) and the product and I can’t wait to wear it. I have still many more rows to go (it’s huge) and I’m hoping to make to the end with no more mistakes. It may come to the beach with me and perhaps camping again. Maybe by this August it will be done.

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Summer

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I’m sitting in my yard on this first day of summer. It’s quiet minus the birds and the distant rumble of trucks and the hum of our neighbors air conditioner. There’s a slight breeze but the air is heavy with humidity. I spy two birds (doves maybe) on the telephone wires above me. It’s a good day.

The children are at school for their last full day. My oldest is completing his elementary education. Soon the days will be filled with ice cream, water, camping, sand and lots of summer magic. I can’t wait.

It’s been so long since I’ve written much here. I’m feeling the pull to start sharing again. Taking photos. Filling you in on what I’m reading, listening to and making. I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to hearing what you’ve been up to as well.

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2×2 Wrap up

Today Anne and I are celebrating our over one year long 2×2 sketchbook project. We’ve each made a little flip through video of our sketchbooks. I’m definitely sad this project is over but I’m also so happy we did it. This year is so full of change for me and I’m looking forward to all that is to come.

If you stopped by for one 2×2 post or all I want to say thank you. I know that Anne and I both hope that you will feel encouraged to work more frequently in your own sketchbook and/or perhaps start your own collaborative project. My video is the top one and Anne’s video is on the bottom.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 62

Week 62
This is it guys. Our final 2×2 spread. 62 weeks. Wow!
I love the pretty flowers Anne painted this week. A perfect ending to our project.
Week 62 Detail
On Friday we will post a little celebratory post. For now make sure you stop by Anne’s blog to read her post for the week.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.

Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intention.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 61

Week 61

Dana (l)Anne(r)

This is the last page in my 2×2 sketchbook. It’s hard to believe that we are almost to the end of the project. Anne will share her last page next week! This week I decided to take some white cotton yarn I was crocheting with and spray some Dr. Martin’s ink on it. I hung out to dry. It was very crunchy feeling. I gave it a rinse and it was fine. Of course this isn’t meant to last for any length of time and was just done as an experiment. It was fun to do and makes me want to try some actual dyeing to knit with. Anne’s page again makes be think of a quilt.
Week 61 Detail
Make sure to stop by Anne’s blog to read her post.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.

Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intention.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 60

Week 60 Square

Dana (l)/Anne (r)

This week is so dreamy and summery. Anne’s writing also appears mysterious.
Week 60 Detail
Make sure to stop by Anne’s blog to see her post.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.

Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intention.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 59

Week 59
I played with ink on my page this week. No set plan just play. It was fun and I like the contrast to the thick paint Anne used.
Week 59 Detail
Stop by Anne’s blog to see her post.

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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.

Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intention.

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