I am happy to finally be working on Cat Bordhi's pattern Rio Calina. As you probably know, Cat passed away recently. She was really the most creative and innovative knitter, and I've knit many of her patterns.
Rio Calina is very much a 'choose your own adventure' pattern--you can put the cables in wherever you want, and it becomes your own personal pattern. It's fun. And I do think of Cat whenever I put in a cable, and I enjoy thinking about her.
I had two interactions with her. First, I was trying to teach myself how to knit socks on two circulars and had her book about that topic. I was reading the instructions over and over and just couldn't visualize what to do. I sent her an email asking for a bit more clarification, and her response was "I promise you, just do exactly what the instructions say and it will all turn out fine." And you know what? It did!
The second time was when I was trying to find a copy of her pattern "Stole with Swimming Jewels". For whatever reason, she isn't offering a copy of this pattern any longer. However, she sent me one as a gift since I reached out. I will treasure that pattern (and I need to knit it!).
I smile when I think of all the fun things Cat gave us to knit.