Cathartic Ink

putting my own spin on things

Busy With a Side of Toothache.

Many things have been going on here lately. For starters, my boss was out all last week and we connected on Monday morning. A move of offices has been in the works for nine months or so now but we thought for sure that it would be January before we were moved. Not so much. read more

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All that Glitters

E and S did it and asked me if I’d done it too. Now I have.  

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Simple Knitted Bodice

A larger version of this image can be seen here [flickr] or here. Simple Knitted Bodice Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool Needles: US 7 for body, US2 and US3 for lace.Pattern: Simple Knitted Bodice by Stefanie Japel Stitch Diva Studios Modifications: I knit the 48″-50″ bust because that was what I was when I started. read more

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Giving Thanks

Today, on Thanksgiving before the eating and the family time begin, I’m taking the time to jot down a few of thing things I am thankful for. I am thankful that TheBoy and I live in a fairly nice apartment and that we can afford not just food and clothing but also a few non-necessity read more

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Flickr to the Rescue

There’ve been several suggestions made for how to handle my flickr issue. However, Flickr itself introduced a new feature today that solves them all for me. You can now issue “guest passes” to friends and family without a flickr account. This “guest pass” gives you the option of allowing them to see private photos. So, read more

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The Dangers of Public Photos.

This morning I logged into Flickr to see if I had any new comments on my photos. My most recent comment was from another kind Flickr member telling me that the photos I had posted of myself in my wedding dress were being linked to in a gallery on a German corset-fetishist website. I had read more

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How I Learned to Knit

For Sara Okay. I’m going to write this story the way that I remember it. My mom reads so if her memory is better than mine I expect that she’ll clear things up for me. My mom is crafty. She sews, and she sewed most of our clothes up until I was in middle school. read more

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The One With the Explosion

I’m mostly blogging about this so that my parents can laugh [hi mom! hi dad!] People who know me know that I learned to cook as soon as I could reach the top of the stove and that I made dinner occasionally for my family while I was in high school and I’ve been cooking read more

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Man Mitts Step One

I thought that I’d do a series of posts to talk about how I knit a pair of mitts, using the pair I’m currently working on for TheBoy. I don’t tend to use a pattern for mitts, although my mitts are always constructed in the general manner of Marnie’s Hooray for Me Gloves which are read more

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I Vote!

This will be a little bit of a bits and bobs update. Last night TheBoy and I sat down with our voter guides and our Oregon mail-in ballots and voted. It was fun, like taking a take-home test. I would review the measure and the letters in support and opposition and then cast my vote. read more

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My doppelganger mentioned awhile ago that she was having difficulty keeping her wrist warm due to a hefty amount of metal doctors used to put her forearm back together. She also mentioned that her double pointed needles were sticking in the palms of her regular armwarmers making it difficult for her to knit while wearing read more

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An Open Letter to My Neighbor

Dear Ms. Agoraphobic,I know that we don’t really get along, although you’ve never given me the chance to prove what an annoying twit I am. I’ve gotten past the refusing to make eye contact, the waiting in your car until you know we are inside our apartment and the weird desire for absolute silence at read more

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