Cathartic Ink

putting my own spin on things

Fond Farewell

I may not have been an English major like both of my sisters, but I have held for many years a deep love of the works of Vonnegut. As such, I was greatly saddened to hear of his death, although we can all only hope to live such a long, full life as he had. read more

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Kate blogged about knitting objects and whether or not we create them to be heirlooms and I left her a comment about my family’s tradition when it comes to our Christmas stockings. We all have striped, fair isle stockings knit for us, with our names and various characters embellishing them. She emailed asking for photos, read more


Bay Area Part the First: The Fiber

This is a picture heavy one. A big part of the reason for the timing of my trip south was to be able to attend Stitches West. I have been purchasing much less than normal in terms of fiber for the past few months to prepare for this. Armed with some saved monies, and a read more


I know, I know.

I need to write all about my trip, at least the condensed version, but for now I need to post this: I am seriously remiss in posting about receiving the second package from my spin to knit buddy 140 yards handspun Cormo dyed with koolaid. The pale blue puff is some carded, dyed cormo read more

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Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

I am officially in the San Francisco Bay Area. After a 15 hour train ride I have taken a nap, taken a shower, had good German food for dinner [mmmm schnitzel!] and gone to two knitting group meetings. And now, now I will pass out for my two hours of sleep last night and two read more


Proof That You Can Find Anything Online

The Mangroomer “Mangroomer® is the essential do-it-yourself electric back hair shaver for men. The unique design enables a man to remove unwanted back hair by himself in the privacy of his own home or while traveling.” Yeah. I don’t even know what to say. It kind of says it all. Other than, Dad, be careful read more


An Open Letter to my Neighbor, version 2

Dear Ms. Agoraphobic, I know that it is too much for your sensitive soul to be subjected to any noise at any time. However, the fact that you insisted on banging on my wall, not once, not even twice, but three times at 2.30 pm on the Saturday just past could not (and did not) read more


Eggplant Excellence

Today, I made Baba Ganouj. I have to admit something before I go any further. While I have eaten a fair amount of eggplant I have never bought or cooked one before today. I did, however, have a pretty good idea of what a ripe eggplant looked at felt like and if the end results read more


Sometimes I Wonder if I Made the Right Choice.

I began knitting Madli’s Shawl early last summer. I picked out the pattern, bought the back issue of Interweave Knits and scoured the internet for a suitable yarn. My mom bought me that yarn for my 25th birthday and I was all set to start. I knit the first edging and 5.5 repeats of the read more


Spin to Knit

I am participating in a swap sponsored by Interweave Press to promote Shannon Okey’s book Spin to Knit. I received my first package on Friday and I would like to thank my partner for sending me this Cormo yarn. It’s about 84 yards, and is navajo plied then overdyed with Kool-aid. Thanks pal! She also read more

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This morning TheBoy and I headed over to E’s old apartment to help her load up some things [clothing mostly] to move it to her new house. Turns out that the person who owned it before her did a spectacularly crappy job a. with the painting and b. with the cleaning up. So, we spent read more