My current work in progress:

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


Ooh, Cake!


I recently winkled together a recipe for a chocolate pound cake. My panel of impartial judges deemed it edible, so I will share the recipe here.

Wendy’s Chocolate Pound Cake

1- 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks)
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
3 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees, and grease and flour a tube or bundt pan.

Sift the dry ingredients together and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, and add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla with the last egg.

With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate. Add 1/2 of the buttermilk and mix. Repeat the process, ending with the last 1/3 of the dry ingredients. Mix just until blended and pour into the prepared pan.

Bake in a 300 degree oven for 1- 1/2 to 1 – 3/4 hours, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack until the pan is cool enough to handle, then turn the cake out on the rake to finish cooling.

You can sprinkle powdered sugar over the top or drizzle with chocolate glaze, but I think it’s fine plain.

This is a good-sized, filling cake, but it freezes very well. You can cut it in half, wrap half in plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer to keep for another time.

Coraline Sweater

Back when I posted about the contents of my Coraline box, a number of you asked me to share the Coraline sweater pattern that was in my box. I refused all requests, because the pattern was not mine to distribute and I did not want to violate copyright.

So I was very pleased this morning when I read Nipperknits Jenn’s blog — she designed the pattern that I received in my box! How cool is that? Check out her blog entry about it — she tells you how to get the pattern.

Meanwhile, Lucy is wondering what she’s getitng for Christmas.



  1. Yum – the cake looks and sounds good. Thank you, I love pound cake. I think Lucy is looking for some baby chicks for Christmas. What are her chances? 🙂

  2. Wow! Even the act of finding that pattern for Coraline was fun! Thanks for sharing….and enjoy that yummy cake! =)

  3. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “we know what you are getting for christmas, cousin lucy!”

    as for me, I have no idea…

    have printed out the pound cake recipe; thank you, wendy!

  4. My husband will LOVE this cake! Thanks so much! luv.m.

  5. [Homer Simpson voice] Mmmmm, cake!

    I love the shot of Lucy in pensive mood.

  6. Cake sounds good. I hope that Lucy gets lots of milk jug rings and some wildside salmon (or is it tuna?) for Christmas.

  7. To me, buttermilk is the secret to success………..yummy!……thanks for sharing……………

  8. Is Lucy getting a sweater for Christmas? 😉

    LittleWits last blog post..FO – Bustah’s Hat

  9. The cake sounds really good–even though it’s chocolate.
    I hope Miss Lucy gets everything on her Christmas list.

  10. Theresa in Italy says:

    Thanks for the cake recipe! It looks delicious. Lucy looks suspicious. Has she reached the age where she’s starting to wonder if there is a Santa Claus?

  11. The sweater was the most recent topic on Lorna’s Laces blog too –

    Mos last blog post..Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Michele In Maine says:

    salmon treats all the way!

  13. Lucy wants lots of kittie toyses and cat-nippy things….

    Danieles last blog post..Christmas Stash Enhancement

  14. Ooh, that cake looks good. Too bad I don’t bake. Maybe I could get the big guy to make it for me!

    Marions last blog post..Bad Blogger

  15. Cake! Chocolate Cake! And another great photo of Lucy. Is it Christmas yet?

    Speaking of Lucy, I read this Mutts comic strip and thought of her.

    Susans last blog post..Just not enough for a sweater …

  16. Aussie Rosemary says:

    I am not computer savvy so was very pleased when I found the pattern. It will probably never get made by me – but the cake? that’s a different matter.

  17. Mmmmmmmmm cake. I made cranberry-upside-down-cake last night.

    Just exactly what does “winkle”ing involve?