Cathartic Ink

putting my own spin on things

Flickr Meme

For anyone who wants to play along: Go to the sixth page of your Flickr photostream and post the sixth picture on that page. Mine happened to be this Stellar Jay. One of the things that threw me a little when I moved here was that the blue jays did not look the same. Growing read more


Blueberry Jam

I’m busy with Christmas preparation pretty much every day now. One of yesterday’s tasks was to make blueberry jam from the blueberries I froze back in July when they were in season. I prefer my jam made without white sugar, the more fruit the better. This jam consists of blueberries, concentrated grape juice (no sugar read more


Pay-it-Forward Gift 3: Herringbone Neckwarmer

My final pay-it-forward item went to Emily (no link that I know of). I used some Malabrigo Worsted in Olive to knit this super cute neckwarmer. The pattern is free from Loop Knits. It is a great stashbuster, using somewhere around half the skein and working up in just a few days. I dug through read more


Snapshot Sunday: Starbursts

New ornaments for our sparkle tree. And we’re done with NaBloPoMo, folks. Not sure what kind of posting schedule I’m going to go to now that November is over but I think that it will probably be more frequently than it was before. I’ve been enjoying it again, which was what I hoped would happen.


Pay-it-Forward Gift 2: Teeny Tomte

Teeny Tomte, knit from an Alan Dart pattern now lives with one miss Ren of Ren Knits. Knit on size 3 double pointed needles, he was knit from a combination of Berroco Pure Merino DK, Jo Sharp Silk Road Tweed and Sirdar Foxy (which I had to order from eBay UK because it has been read more


Flakey Pie Crust

I took some tips from Smitten Kitchen this year, but with the notable exception of using my food processor. I pulsed 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt in my food processor. Then I cut 2 sticks of butter into big cubes, then tossed those in the processor and read more


Giving Thanks

I am thankful for what I think is going to be delicious pie. Thankful for good friends, old and new and for family, who I wish was a little bit closer than they are. Thankful for the best husband I ever could have imagined. Thankful for generally good health. Thankful for having a snug roof read more

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WIP Wednesday: Trophy Complete

This week’s WIP Wednesday is actually a Finished Object Wednesday, a follow up to last week’s WIP Wednesday post. My supplies for this overhaul included: 1 can gloss black spray paint 1 can gloss dark grey spray paint epoxy silver star shaped brads 1 g.i. joe doll with kung-fu grip 2 round toothpicks craft felt read more


Possessive Kitteh

I think she and I need to have a talk about who the macbook really belongs to. Clearly she disagrees with my assessment that it is mine.


Pay-it-Forward #1: Mup’s Invaders Hat

Here’s the first of my pay-it-forward items to be received. (I sent them just under the wire, it arrived with only 4 days left before my 365 day deadline.) This one is for D and I’s friend Mup so it needed to be a. something nerdy, b. something not too flashy and c. something to read more


Snapshot Sunday: Pizza

We went to see Wall*E today and enjoyed it, although our cheap seat theater is possibly the most uncomfortable theater ever (low seats with high, fixed-position armrests so you end up sitting bolt upright and tipping just your head back to see). Then we made a short trip into Target for a few gifts and read more

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Lace Ribbon Scarf

I’ve decided to visit some of the things I’ve knitted this year. First up is one that I am extremely pleased with, a Lace Ribbon Scarf knit from one skein of Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk. This is a blend of silk and sea cell, a rayon made from processed sea weed. I knit this read more