By the time this posts, it’ll be a couple of weeks after the event, but I wanted to gather my thoughts regarding the loss of an amazing human being, one who inspired the yarn community not only with her designs, but with her personality, demeanor, and, after she got sick, her resilience and attitude.
Cat Bordhi was one of the very first “famous” knitting designers I’d ever heard of. She was one of those names that I just kept seeing in various contexts, whether it was class announcements, appearances at yarn stores, or in the Ravelry forums.
I enjoyed reading Cat’s blog, and her designs are just so beautiful. I was a bit intimidated when I first saw her patterns—everything she’s designed just looks so elegant—but I needn’t have been. I have several of her patterns in my “to-do wishlist,” but I’m reminded that time can be short, so if I want to do them, I should.
Here are some of my favorite patterns of hers:
When Cat announced she was dying, she did it with grace, dignity, and an acceptance that I hope I’d have if I were in a similar situation. Plus, she wrote beautifully. I really respected and admired her for her messages of hope to everyone in her final days, and was glad to hear she was able to be with her loved ones through it, especially given how COVID-19 has sometimes separated families from each other.
Although I never had the opportunity to meet her, I wish I had.
Cat Bordhi died on September 19, 2020. May she rest in peace and her memory live on through her work and writing. ❤