Sunday, January 20, 2013

Catlin - In Memoriam

My husband, Nicolai Larsen, painted this watercolor featuring Catlin's koi pond. She had a name for each of the koi and had them eat straight out of her hand. Detail shown of Sanctuary - ©2010 Nicolai Larsen.

These past few months have been challenging. Catlin, my work assistant, team member, best friend, confidante, and family member, died on January 4th after a brave battle with cancer. She never gave up hope and was courageous to the very end. It was my privilege to accompany her on her journey. 

Catlin Larsen-O'Hair was born in San Francisco on July 29, 1941. She went to work right out of High School, first for a newspaper, then for the California Teachers Association. She had to retire early due to health reasons. She developed an amazing attitude despite continuing health problems for the rest of her life. She went back to school and became an interior designer. Then she took to hand and machine embroidery, mastering various computer programs. She played with various handcrafts along the way, including her latest passion for knitting. Everything she touched was done with flair and finished meticulously. Her color sense was amazing, she was not afraid of colors. When asked which one was her favorite, she would say 'all of them'. The only color she shied away from was black. She said it was overused. In addition she loved animals, museums, and reading books. She was an unapologetic left-wing democrat. She loved watching Japanese Anime, especially all the Miyazaki movies, and the Turner Classics. 

Many of my online customers knew Catlin, as she worked as part of my online store team for a long time. She had her own store within mine, so in a way we were partners. The Kollage Needles and Crochet Hooks were her addition. Her knowledge, care, and attention to details will be missed. She had a great laugh. We were very close, occasionally more like sisters, or at least arguing like sisters. I miss her terribly and hold her memory dear. 

The knitted pieces shown above were her latest projects. They have to be seen in person to be fully appreciated, as the texture and feel of the materials chosen do not translate in pictures. 

I am grateful to all who responded to my newsletter with heartfelt thoughts and best wishes. Somehow it has given me some solace to share the news. Thank you!  Marion

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