My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


How’d a Chocolate Doughnut Get in My Tote Bag?

Yesterday morning I was unpacking my bag at work, looking for my breakfast protein bar, and pulled out this:


My initial reaction: “Who put a chocolate doughnut in my bag?”

Of course, dear readers, you know that’s a skein of Jaeger Silk 4-ply in a ziplock bag, but at first glance . . .

Speaking of Jaeger Silk

I was asked how it is to knit.

Very very soft. And smooth. It’s a dream. No splitting. I’m knitting it on a 3mm ebony needle and the silk slides over it.


By request, a photo that shows the front steek.


Lucy feigns indifference.


But I know better.

Hana Silk Scarf

Here is my progress on the Hana Silk Scarf:


It’s a simple pattern I made up. Here it is:

Cast on 22 stitches.

Row 1: (k4, yo, k2tog) 3 times, k4
Row 2: (p4, yo, p2tog) 3 times, p4

Work until you run out of yarn.

Couldn’t be easier, right?

June Contest

Don’t forget! If you want to be entered in the drawing to win the yummy mohair, you need to send an email by 4:00pm EST today. Use the email link in Monday’s bog entry. The winner will be announced Monday.

Thanks for your get well wishes. I’m off from work today — pre-arranged. So hopefully I’ll get some good rest and feel much better. I always have one major sinus attack in the spring and one in the fall, so I guess this is my spring bout with it. Nothing serious, but the older I get, the harder it hits me.

I will leave you with this photo.


Dead cicadas outside my window at work.

All together now:



  1. I never thought that yarn would make me hungry!

  2. Given her ‘druthers, I bet Lucy would chomp on one of those cicadas… when you weren’t looking, that is.

    Love the simple scarf pattern!

  3. That’s my kind of doughnut. Thanks for the scarf pattern.

  4. eeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwww indeed! i was in baltimore this weekend – sounded like the city was under seige- those cicadas are LOUD! and crunchy -per the dog. how many carbs per cicada?
    scarf looking lovely!

  5. Enjoy your day off and your long weekend and feel better soon!

  6. vanessa says:

    feel better soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. EWWWWWWW. Indeed. I have knit with the silk too and I_LOVE_IT. Even though it requires me to use small needles.

    Remember — Knit n Nosh tonight!

  8. Ah, cicadas: and so it begins. Who knew a word so fun to say would represent something so…crunchy. I’m sure Scout would just love to bat a cicada husk around, but with luck, he won’t ever have the opportunity.

    Hope the weekend is restful and mucus-free.

  9. It does definately look like a yummy choco donut! Low Cal, high in fiber, that Jaeger Silk 4-ply, I hear.

    Let me tell you..there were cicada carcasses everywhere…not to mention the fear of having one fly into your hair! I live that terror everyday at Goddard…they are um, abundant.

    Have a good weekend, and hope you feel better!

    BTW, Lucy looks like she is waiting for you to leave Ingeborg alone just for a second, so she can have a chew! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Thanks ever so much for the first-thing-in-the-morning-picture of dead bugs. Pleeeaaase don’t send them to New York!

  11. I am so immune to the cicada carcasses now. They are ubiquitous, as are their dismembered parts. (Constantly finding a wing whenever I look down at the floor.)

    You must have been bummed when you realized the doughnut was just yarn. I was certainly fooled by the picture. I’m sure the Cosi near Knit Happens will have something carb-y and chocolate-y! Have a great day off and weekend!

  12. Ok, I just have to say it… Cicadas are actually very high in protein. They, like many insects have a tough outer shell (that’s the crunchy part) that is made of chitin, a kind of protein. So low-carb, high protein. They’re Atkins friendly. Didn’t you all want to know that?

    On to more appetizing things… I’ve got Jaeger Siena which is a cotton 4-ply that subs for Jaeger Silk (which is very dear). Of course it’s not nearly so yummy, but will do in a pinch.

    Wendy, could you tell us who that manufacturer is of that darling journal from yesterday, please? I sure could use one. Happy weekend!

  13. Yup! That family of zig-zag stitches is a great thing. All are simple to work, easy to remember, and a great “bang-per-unit-effort-invested” result. They looks good used all by themselves without ribs in between (Rick-Rack Mesh Scarf pattern at my blog) or with one or more stitches between the columns of zigs. I’m doing a slightly narrower ribbed version in the Lacy Scarf (also on my blog). It’s also fun to do between cables, or columns of other texture stitches.

    Hope you didn’t bite into that donut. [grin]

  14. Get well soon!!!

  15. allyson says:

    Thanks for posting the steek pic, it looks cooler than I imagined!

    Cicadas, bleck!

  16. Joan in Reno says:

    Cicadas must be very tasty judging by the animals I have lived with. Field mice, sparrows and dogs all love to eat them. Our Nevada cicadas have about a seven year period, but look just like yours and are very loud. We catch them for the dogs when we go on a walk. They are harmless, but loud.

    Have a nice weekend and I hope you feel better.

  17. Knittykim says:

    Those poor cicadas climb up out of the ground every 7 or 13 or whatever years just to have sex, and look what it does to them!! Just a warning to the younger generation. Knitting is safer

  18. Cicadas may be harmless but when you are driving down the road and feel something tickling you under your arm and then one falls out of your shirt it can certainly cause some excitement! Luckily I didn’t crash into something like others have done. Give me their discarded exoskeletons anyday over a live flying one!

  19. Suzanne says:

    Gee that yarn looks good. I may have to dig this brown skein of cotton that I have in the stash out and put it in a baggy.

    A quick question for you. How are you enjoying taking your time knitting Ingeborg?

    Have a nice weekend.

  20. Homer Simpson says:


  21. because June 4th is my birthday and I love Chocolate Doughnuts but can’t get them here!
    (both kinds)
    oh and Eeeeeeeeewwwwwwww! which reminds me of the small Lizard we had in our flat on the weekend, I screamed my head off because I did’t see the feet and I was SURE it was a Snake! DH, took care of it and sent it back outside.