Before Cat passed, I started working with her on a new site. Something that would be easy to navigate, would share Cat’s stories, and offer her community a place to gather.


We stopped working on it as her health waned, but I promised her I would keep moving forward.


It isn’t a simple task to take someone’s vision and develop it without them. We spoke about larger aspects of the site, but there were so many little details I wanted to ask her about. For example, the color scheme! She wanted something that would help visitors feel grounded and welcomed. We went through so many combinations and then it hit me one day as I was going through my photos…

a rainbow of Hespa yarn hung on a wall

Right there from Cat’s living room, she had already chosen the colors for me! I went back to her house and color sampled the skeins.


This set the rhythm, not to force different aspects of the site, but to see what was presented to me when it was needed. I think Cat would have liked it that way.


A big ‘thank you’ to the many voices who contributed to this organic, still growing project – especially to the Silent Knitters. You have been incredible source of support and guidance throughout.


I would also like to say “Thank you” to all of the wonderful people who have reached out via Facebook and Instagram, especially the “Cat Bordhi’s Cradle for Knitters, Weavers, and Spinners” Facebook group. You are such an inspiring group of fiber lovers!


Finally, I would like to thank Cat’s daughter, Jenny. Once upon a time, Jenny was my next door neighbor and I taught at the local middle school with Cat. My friendship began with Cat, but Jenny has become a near and dear friend. She is an amazing mother to Charlie, a steadfast friend, and a total bad ass when it comes to running and incredible food. She is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met, but she is so much more and offers me that reminder each and every day. Grateful is not a strong enough word for this friendship and sisterhood. Her mom was my “Joy Pocket” and Jenny is a constant source of inspiration and hope. Thank you, Jenny!



Val Curtis, friend of Cat and owner of Treehouse Creative Digital Solutions