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It Is So Hard to Find a Decent Emu Egg These Days

Dear Kay,
Well it’s about dang time, is all I have to say. I’m at Whole Foods today (I’ve taken to calling it the Food Museum due to the priceless nature of its exhibits), and I come across this item:
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Emu eggs. $19.99 the egg. Granted, this emu egg is, like, four inches long and could probably make for a one-egg quiche, but still. Who would ever crack one, what with the incredible color of this thing?
Really gorgeous.
When I pulled out my camera to take a photo of the eggs, one woman with a toddler in her cart gave me a look. But when I said, “Emu eggs!” she clearly wished she had had her camera with her.
I got in the car, looked at my hands which were wearing brand-new, just finished Fetching Mitts
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and I realized that they’re kind of emu egg colored.
This yarn, for the curious, is the Fibre Company’s Terra, in a shade called Black Walnut, which is a fine name for a yarn, but I think we can all see that there’s a little emu egg in there. If you’re wishing for a little yarn wallow, go have a peek at the Terra shade card, which is flat-out glorious. It’s pricey stuff, but you can get a pair of Fetching Mitts out of one skein, at a total cost of $16.
By the way, I got this yarn at Close Knit in Portland last year. Souvenir yarn. So great.
Love,
Ann

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  1. Wow- whole foods is selling emu eggs these days? unbelievable. And I really dig fetching- I made a set for a friend in exchange for some yarn last winter and she just loves them.

  2. Those eggs are beautiful. Apparently, when I was very small, I was convinced I was born in an ostrich egg, I wonder if they are so pretty. Even more beautiful than the terra shade card are the names, much nicer than your average nail polish colours!

  3. Did you notice that the sign on the eggs said “Conventional”? Is there such a thing as an unconventional emu egg?
    I’m Fetching’ed out. I made 10 pairs last fall. Almost as good as a dishcloth for mindless knitting!

  4. What a gorgeous color — both the egg and the mitts.

  5. Emu eggs are wonderful! How could anyone eat one of those? I’d rather overspend on the yarn.

  6. Wow, those eggs really ARE a stunning color! I don’t know that I’d have the heart to break one to eat it, either, but, the color!

  7. Know what I buy at Whole Foods?
    Souvenir food.

  8. Holy crap! I can’t believe they’re selling emu eggs. That is the most random thing ever. And seriously–would you really eat one? They’re way too pretty.

  9. Now that is a scrumptious color! I wonder if you can make a dye from ground egg shell?
    Anyone up for an omelet?

  10. Why crack it? Blow it out; the shell is thicker than a chicken egg (our local Ren Faire had a vendor who sold jewelry & little boxes made from emu & ostrich eggs), and a little hole in each end won’t be that noticeable. Or crack it, save the pieces, and use them as found-object jewelry.
    I wish our local store sold emu eggs…

  11. Love the Emu blue. But you really didn’t have to show me MORE yarn to fall in love with……I’ve already knit four pairs of Fetching gloves. Now, I want to knit more!!

  12. Mmm..I have loved Fetching since it came out, but I haven’t made a pair yet..the emu egg colored pair may push me over the edge..

  13. Ok, I can’t believe you can buy emu eggs in America. I live in Australia and I have NEVER seen them for sale anywhere here…except for souvenir shops where they (blown out ones) are mounted on little stands, quite often with garish metal surrounds and bush/folk art painted onto them.
    Amazing!

  14. Okay, but I’m not going to buy one until they start carrying organic emu eggs.
    I have a souvenir skein of the Terra as well, in Blue Spruce. I went to the factory on our “babymoon” and picked up one skein. There’s so much sentimental attachment to it that I am terrified at the thought of ever knitting it up! It was probably the last skein of yarn (and what a skein it is!) I purchased before I became a mom.

  15. Huh. We used to buy ostrich eggs to colour at Easter but they are no longer available at the local market, sadly. Nice post! Love the blues.

  16. Oooh, I have souvenir yarn from Portland too! From the Yarn Garden and it’s Jade Sapphire cashmere/silk in a beautiful dark bluey grey purple. Sort of bruise colored actually. I know, it’s not dirt colored, but I’m sure you’d love it anyway.

  17. jim shore has wonderful painted eggs
    these would be big enough for a whole
    country side to be painted
    the mitts are lovely but l would have
    send them north we are going from summer to
    summer here in florida
    i came acoss an old needle arts booklet
    coats and clark dated 1941 one 1951
    and a old doily book well come to two
    needle mittens socks and world war two
    a lot of elder memories with in the pages

  18. I am amused that emu eggs (apparently) come conventional or free range. {G}
    GORGEOUS color! Thanks for sharing.

  19. what in the world would you do with emu eggs? The look beautiful, though – as do the fetching mitts.

  20. I bought an emu egg (rare even in Australia) for a friend for Christmas one year. He carefully drilled a tiny hole in the top and a bigger one in the base and blew the contents out. Then he made an omelette for five out of one egg. He’s a silversmith and turned the halves of the egg into a pair of beautiful goblets. And the emu egg tasted mostly like egg, but moreso, rather like a duck egg.

  21. Wow, I haven’t seen Emu eggs at our Wild Oats/Whole Foods in Cool Springs yet. They haven’t completely become Whole Foods yet so I will keep an eye out for them. If you buy one, definitely blow the egg out to save the shell. A #1 or #2 dpn ought to do the trick for the holes. If your not sure what to do with the shell, give it to me and I will cover it with polymer clay for you!
    I cast on for my first Fetchings for my daughter this afternoon at soccer practice. I’m using two colors to match the hat I just finished for her. The colors will twist at the cables. No reason to make it an easy knit.

  22. Wow. Makes the emu egg I bought from the local food co-op look cheak at $5. They’re really cool, except now I have an empty emu egg waiting to be turned into an art project.

  23. I have two hanks of that zacksame yarn and a Moving Mud button that I planned to whip together as a little bag. Pure potential.

  24. There is a reason it’s called, “Whole Paycheck” you know …

  25. Emu eggs are so cool.

  26. The Terra may be expensive, but you get an entire pair of Fetchings for less than the price of one Emu egg. Nice to put a little perspective on it, no?

  27. There’s a Whole Foods in Nashville?!
    Lovely Fetchings!

  28. The yarn is the color that black walnut shells stain your hands when you shell them.
    By the way, the shells are hard as the dickens. It takes a hammer and a pounding block to open them. My great grandmother, having few resources in her old age, would give our family the gift of a quart of black walnut meats at Christmas. What a gift!
    (Mother kept the jar in the fridge and baked cookies from it the rest of the winter…making them last.)

  29. Priceless is right. Here in Omaha we call it “Whole Wallet Foods”.
    Love the mitts!
    Lucinda

  30. I was just thinking to myself that all the emu egg people out there would probably look at a hank of yarn and think 19.99 for that?… now who in their right mind would spend that for yarn?

  31. nice fetchings.
    now, whatcha making out of the KSH on the table?
    emu-eggy colored also!

  32. Love those eggs! Amazing. I was wondering, however, if the lens on your camera is clean. Your photos seem “soft”. It’s possible it is just an older camera, or you have it on a lo-res setting. But dirty lenses often go unnoticed.

  33. We call it Whole Paycheck around here in Arlington, MA. When it was Bread and Circus before Whole Foods took over, we called it Bread and Checkbook. Nice to know there is stability in the world…I think.

  34. Mmm, love those Fetchings! I don’t need another yarn to fall in love with, but this may do it! Also wondering what’s with the other ‘background’ yarns?

  35. We call it Whole Paycheck around here in Arlington, MA. When it was Bread and Circus before Whole Foods took over, we called it Bread and Checkbook. Nice to know there is stability in the world…I think.

  36. When my mom and I want to do some sightseeing, just sort of tour around on a Friday night, we go to Whole Foods.
    I agree, it is a matter of principle, hold out for organically grown emu eggs.

  37. Michele at 5:07– exactly my thought: Does Whole Foods also offer UNconventional emu eggs?

  38. Emu eggs are 25.99 at the food museum in Amherst, MA — which gives additional incentive to travel to Nashville, I think!!

  39. I can’t IMAGINE eating one of those beautiful eggs – but maybe blowing them out to use in some crafty way? Pretty spendy craft supplies though. And that’s it – so many people declare those mitts to be “easy” &c; gotta try some. (I’m in the home stretch toque-wise, so I can *think* about other projects. ‘Nother week, I can begin to LOOK at other patterns……..)

  40. woah! I feel left out. My food museum doesn’t have that. Of course, when I really need an egg palette, I watch Martha Stewart because she really does go on about matching paint to her vicuna hen eggs and whatnot, doesn’t she?

  41. And here in Portland, they’re known as “Whole Paycheck”…at 19.99 per egg (at least that’s what the sign looks like), it’s an accurate nickname!

  42. Well, hee-haw. I am laughing at the notion that Nashville’s Whole Foods has the cut-rate (do you know what we have to pay for those things on the East Coast? golly!), conventional emu eggs. If you’re going to eat conventional emu eggs, why bother? Eat Cheetoes.
    By the way how many pairs of Fetchings do you need in the Nashville climate?
    xox Kay

  43. Wow! I think I would blow the egg (using small holes punched at each end) so that I could both use the contents and keep the shell. What a gorgeous colour!

  44. I’m with Kay on the Cheetos. In fact, I’d like to have some cheetos right now, to help me unwind after the excitement of *blocking* my Teeny design.
    Next I’m going to look into the possibility of raising emus for fun and (wholesale egg) profit. it would be thrilling to get the Whole Foods cashflow going in the right direction. I’m already enjoying organic (Yes! Non-conventional!) eggs from my Rhode Island Reds, so emus seem like a logical next step…don’t they?

  45. Ooo
    I hate it when you’re taken pictures and people stare at you like you’re crazy

  46. Ooo
    I hate it when you’re taken pictures and people stare at you like you’re crazy

  47. Unconventional or conventional they are divine. I was wondering what kind of egg cup they would need (and pondering the egg cosy too – do you think it should match or contrast in colour?!) I love eggs, we keep various chickens, geese and have had assorted ducks in the past too and I love just piling all their eggs up higgledy piggledy and feeling all the colours.

  48. Ian and I cracked three emu eggs. Well, rather, we used a power drill to drill a hole in each end and blew the contents out. Lemmee tell you, those shells are HARD.
    For cute photos of Lucy playing with an emu egg, go here:
    http://wendyknits.net/archives/1142
    But only if you wanna. :-)

  49. As much as I love the colour, and thus would do that blow-out thing, at US$19.99 each, I prefer standard chicken eggs. Even with the exchange rate being my favour atm.

  50. I have to admit to coming back over and over to look at those Emu eggs. I just can’t get enough of that colour! So beautiful. Thanks!

  51. Hee. I call it the Temple of Food. It’s kind of a fetish temple more than a place of strict worship. Maybe strict worship by a group of food cherishing sybarites. Something like, at any rate.

  52. Those are Gorgeous eggs! I wonder if you could use them to dye yarn that color??? Wouldn’t that be cool…

  53. I call Whole Foods “whole paycheck” – seriously, I love their stuff!

  54. Close Knit! My LYS, and one of my faves, for sure. ain’t those girls great?
    lol – a previous poster’s “Whole Paycheck” cracks me up.
    i’d like to meet the person who’s just spent $19.99 on a single egg. Four inches or no, i could make four meals out of twenty bucks (granted, i’m a single female and my current kind of takes over when it’s time for us to cook, but)…

  55. I have an artist friend who makes things out of emu eggs. Apparently, only the very outer layer is green-underneath is a white or lighter-green color, so he uses a tiny drill and does designs in the shells by scraping off the outermost layer.

  56. i realise that this comment is rather late but you may be interested to know that emu eggs were frequently incorporated into Australian colonial silverware. this link
    http://www.dhub.org/search_all.php?d_search=Emu+eggs
    shows a variety of objets d’art from cricket trophies to teapots!