Cathartic Ink

putting my own spin on things

the best laid plans

I always think I’m going to remember to blog more, and then it’s November first and i haven’t written anything since last year. it’s been a wild one, that’s for sure. Today I broke my self-imposed rule and bought a Christmas decoration long before Thanksgiving; one shiny silver reindeer. I love him and may go read more


2014 in Review

Again, another year is ending and again, I haven’t written enough about the things I wanted to write about. Instead, here’s a thumbnail view of our year. January: We started off slowly, but I finished my first quilt top, we did some walking/hiking around locally and at the coast and enjoyed a slow start to the read more

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First Things First, The Tulips

Remember the tulips? Well, they were the one thing I absolutely couldn’t live with about the house. They were the opposite of my style of decorating, and the wallpaper was aging and peeling at many of the seams. So we set out today, less than 24 hours after we took possession of the house, with read more

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grey ranch house

Welcome to Our New Home

Since mid-April, my husband and I have been mostly keeping a secret from the internet. We bought a house! (All photos in this post are from the listing, so furniture and pets belong to the sellers, not us.)   A medium sized, 1953 ranch house with 2 bedrooms, a fireplace, a brand new natural gas read more


2013: A Thumbnail Review

2013 was full of ups and downs for our family, but I think we mostly came out on the balance of good. January: Our niece and nephew came to visit from Vegas, stopping through overnight on their way. We hadn’t seen our nephew since 2006, so that was lovely (our poor niece got clipped off in read more

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Dancing Birds

More on these little birds soon, but in the meantime here’s what happens when I get stuck in the house by the snow. I make animated gifs of tiny knitted birds.


Rest Well, Seamus Heaney

I’m not much for poetry. I enjoy it in small bursts, but you won’t find me pouring over books of sonnets for hours on end. When it came time to choose readings for our wedding, I came across Seamus Heaney’s Scaffolding and it instantly struck more than one chord with me. It’s about building, and read more

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Test Post: Dear Father

I’m testing a new theme out in hopes that it will mean that I blog more–or at all. I’m thinking of doing more short posts with some of my favorite photos. Since I got a new smartphone, I’ve been leaving my dSLR home more and more and I want to get back to take more read more

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Handspun to Handknit: Verdigris Socks.

In September, I picked up this amazing 4 ounce polwarth top from Kate at woolgatherings at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. I loved everything about it, and I knew it needed to be spun and quickly, so less than two weeks later I had this yarn: 450 yards of fingering weight three-ply, I kept staring read more


From Us to You

This holiday season has been a tough one for me, but I’ve been working hard to find joy alongside my sadness. Happy holidays to everyone, may your days be filled with as much joy, peace and love as can be packed into them!

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Giving Thanks

It’s been a hard year, but I’m thankful for: My husband. Derek has been my rock through this year’s tumult and I love him more and more every day. My family; immediate, extended and in-law. The hole in my life where my dad is missing is painful and hard, but the rest of my family read more

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I Like Big Bundts

Today is National Bundt Day. Stacie pinned The Food Librarian’s celebration of the bundt cake recently and since I love a bundt cake (delicious cake, little to no frosting, perfect for unfancy days without a lot of fuss), I decided I need to join in. I baked the blueberry lemon bundt from martha stewart and read more