Cathartic Ink

putting my own spin on things

Oregon Wine Country

I’m on vacation but Cathartic Ink is not. Enjoy these posts, and I’ll be back with even more content after the end of my Great New England Tour of Aught Nine One of the many great things about living in the Willamette Valley is that it’s the heart of wine making in Oregon. There are read more


Nearly Wordless Wednesday :: Leaving on a Jet Plane

I’m leaving my husband and the cats at home for a two-week visit with friends and family back home. There will be some posts while I’m away, but I didn’t get as many photos edited as I wanted to so they may be fewer than I originally planned.

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I recently got the chance to test knit for Laura Chau of Cosmicpluto Knits. I’ve been on a real shawl/shawlette kick this summer, completing 6.5 of them since May. So when she called for test knitters for her new bamboo inspired shawl I jumped on the chance, even though she needed it completed within five read more


Constantly Playing Catchup

It seems like the more I try to slow things down and enjoy them, the faster time flies. In the past month I’ve been to a wedding shower, a wedding rehearsal and a wedding (yay! Jodie and Anthony). Then I got bronchitis and a hefty hit of fall allergies followed by a big overhaul of read more


Spinning 1-2-3

One: batts from Rainbow Yarns NW purchased at Black Sheep Gathering 2008. 60% pygora (a cross between a pygmy goat and an angora goat) and 40% silk. Two: Singles on a bobbin. Three: two ply lace yarn. 2.3 ounces and about 315-320 yards. Personal note: It’s kind of a stressful time here at casa de read more


A Day at the Fair, Miscellany

At the Lane County Fair, I saw: A dress suited for Miss Frizzle: A Whale Made From a Twinkie: Ferris Wheel: Twinkle-y Lights:


A Day at the Fair, Animal Edition

At the Lane County Fair I saw: Alaskan Racing Pigs (these are babies in training): Stubborn as a Goat (or a little girl in a tutu): Fancy Lady in a Bonnet: The goats are from the Goat Gala, or the dressed up goat parade. My family raised dairy goats when I was a child so read more


Using my Powers for Good

It sometimes surprises people but the boarding school I was lucky enough to attend during my final two years of high school was focused on math and science. While I did not love calculus, I generally love numbers and math and puzzles and figuring out how things all fit together. When I’m knitting lace patterns read more


Passage of Time

Nanie loved the hummingbirds. It’s been two years now.  I still miss her every day.


A Strawberry Handkerchief

One of my big knitting projects this year has been the Desdemona Shawl designed by the super talented Miriam Felton of MimKnits for Wooly Wonka Fiber’s Shakespeare in Lace club. The square shawl was inspired by Desdemona’s strawberry embroidered handkerchief in Othello. The yarn is a merino/tencel blend which blocks to a soft, drapey, wonderful read more


An Open (Love) Letter to my Husband

Two years ago, when asked if I promised to love you, comfort you, honor and keep you for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health and forsaking all others, being faithful only to you so long as we both shall live, the only honest answer was that I really, really do. read more