Feedly’s a winner! and 5 years of PDXKnitterati means you could be, too

I’ve posted about my angst over Google’s impending shutdown of Reader. I’ve tried several alternatives, and really just wanted something as quick as Google Reader’s titles view for skimming through blogs. Feedly was pretty good, but only offered a titles view in a browser, and I do most of my reading on an iPad. They asked for feedback from Reader refugees, and it sounds a lot of us were looking for this option.

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As of this morning, Feedly’s iPhone and iPad apps now have a Title Only view. Talk about responsive! It’s not an April Fool’s joke. I’ve updated my apps and I. Love. It. I’ve played around with it, and it does what I want. I think it may be even better than Reader; I haven’t figured out all the shortcuts yet. You may have issues with Feedly on a computer, because it requires an extension on your browser, but the extension issue doesn’t bother me. Feedly is working on cloning Google Reader’s API, and says that the transition will be seamless when Reader shuts down on July 1. Sounds good to me. Done!

Hmmm, knitting content. I can’t show you what I’m knitting right now. Sometimes design work means nothing to show, for months and months! But it’s spring, I have a new blog reader, and I just realized that I’ve been blogging for five years as of March 17. That went by in a flash! To celebrate, I’d like to share some yarn with you, because that’s what knitters do.

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This is Knitted Wit Silky ‘n’ Single, worsted weight, 60% Merino/40% Silk, 220 yards, 100g. I don’t know if this color has a name, I got it from Lorajean’s Community Supported Yarn club last year. It hasn’t told me what it wants to be, but maybe it will tell you!

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And this is Three Fates Yarn Eponymous Sock, 2 ply 100% superwash merino, 400 yards, 100g, color Mulch. I chose this rich brown yarn at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival last fall because I had a brown project in mind, but I ended up using a different yarn. I can’t show you that project, either, until later this year, but it turned out just right. But I digress.

Hmmm. Tell me what you think each yarn wants to be, and I’ll do two random drawings to choose the lucky winners. I’ll take comments through next week Monday, April 8. Good luck!

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42 responses to “Feedly’s a winner! and 5 years of PDXKnitterati means you could be, too

  1. The green yarn wants to be a shawlette and the darker one would like a chance at gloves.

  2. For a one-skein-wonder Silky n Single would be wonderful as a cowl, hat, or mittens (I can’t believe you are sharing this with your readers though!) Three Fates of course like to be a beautiful lace shawlette. Since you’re drawing on my birthday, I have a very good feeling I will be picked lol

    As for replacement for Google reader, have you try http://www.ighome.com/

  3. I’m not sure what the worsted wants to be. Worsted doesn’t really speak my language. But, I’m fairly certain that the sock weight would like to be a pair of G. I. Dennis socks.

    Happy 5th blogoversary!

  4. Congratulations on five years and finding a reader. :-)

    I’m having a hard time deciding on a worsted weight pattern. I like both – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/treads-a-tipless-gloves-pattern or http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/once-upon-a-time-inspired-dreamy-beret.

    The brown is easy! I’d pair it with the yellow I got on the yarn crawl to make this – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hummeltuch

  5. Linda Gaylord

    the knitted wit yarn wants to be a cowl,something like the shelter valley cowl by mary keenan,reminiscent of summer skies over open fields..and the three fates yarn wants to be a painted desert shawl by karen klein,echoing the strata of exposed rock formations.it has been a while since i won any yarn. ;) (did you see the pics i tagged you in on facebook?the cowl is almost finished.i’ll post more when it is completed.the pattern was such a good match with the yarn,that i am so glad i decided not to make socks!)

  6. The Knitted Wit is begging to be a squishy plushy cowl. The Three Fates is destined to become a Vintage Fremont shawl, designed in honor of PDX’s Fremont Bridge.

  7. larissagoldenbrown

    I’m pretty sure that brown yarn wants to be a Viking shawl designed after the birch woods I visited in Iceland.

  8. Thanks for this. I’ve been trialling The Old Reader and am not convinced. Will try feedly!

    • You have to poke around a bit to find where all the settings are. When I looked on my computer, I could change the sort order to put the oldest first, which I like. A lot of the shortcuts are the same as the ones for Reader.

      For the first time in a long time, I’m all caught up on my blog reading!

  9. The Knitted Wit would be fingerless mitts and the brown would make a great shawlette! You are very generous!

  10. Happy 5 year blogiversary!!! I’m loving Feedly on the computer…so much so, that I’m rarely using Google Reader these days. :)

  11. Happy Anniversary!! I’m thinking the knitted wit wants to be a cushy cowl that snuggles the neck and the three fates wants to be river rock socks…or maybe lover’s knot. Or maybe….

  12. The teal wants to be a Little York Beret, the brown needs to be Samwise’s Garden socks. I’m still deciding on feed readers, I like the tab options on GR and none of the others seem to have that.
    sewsable on Rav

  13. Oh, KnittedWit in that silky single could be a stunning Foliage hat (I’ve done one in a similar handspun and it came out fantastic!). As for such a rich and lovely brown — Nutkin socks are hollering. Or Paul Atwood socks (both are available on Ravelry). I love Stefania’s (Three Fates) yarns!

  14. The worsted wants to be a snuggly cowl – maybe this. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dovetail-cowl

    The sock yarn is definitely telling me it wants to be this pair of socks. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/francie-2

  15. Thanks for the info on Feedly! I’m also saddened by the loss of Reeder so I’ll definitely check it out.

    The silky wants to be a snuggly cowl. No question! The sock yarn should definitely be some cables socks of some kind. OR…combined with some robin’s egg blue for a stripy shawl. …..wandering away to see if any robin’s egg blue yarn is in the stash…..

  16. Congratulations on five years!! Oh the knitted wit is begging to be the Santa Rosa cropped waistcoat by Rowan… Truly begging. And the three fates is pleading to be socks worn with Mary Janes or birkies to show them off! As a reader, I use both flipboard and pulse.

  17. I love knitting shawls in the spring, so I think the Knitted Wit yarn wants to be a shawlette, maybe this one: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/198-yds-of-heaven
    The Three Fates Yarn wants to be socks. I’m thinking something simple and masculine… maybe these: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nanaimo-socks

  18. the first skein would make a beautiful first hat for me..i’ve had my eyes on this pattern for a while, but have yet to find the yarn for it: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/christians-hat

    as for the three-fates yarn, if i had that lovely skein in my hands, i’d cast on http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/longjohn-sock these right away! never knit with handspun before, and i’ve been bitten by the sock bug just last month, and am already on my thirdmost pair of wool socks!

  19. The blue is a bit undecided. It first leaned toward the Yellow Brick road cowl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yellow-brick-road-3
    and then suddenly veered toward the Evangeline mitts
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/evangeline
    and finally deciding upon the straightforward cowl
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/straightforward-cowl
    Definitely the cowl.

  20. Linda Shields

    Congratulations on your Blogiversary!
    The blue is begging to be a soft, fluffy, squishy cowl to bring color to a grey day. The brown needs to become a pair of socks (perhaps Uncle Frank from IGK) to help remember days gone by working in the garden on an early spring morning in Oregon. Fond memories . . . Salam wa sa’aadah from the, already, hot and dusty spring of Kuwait

  21. lindarumsey

    The sea blue/green is just right for a soft squishy cowl and the brown would make gorgeous textured socks. Lace and cables are calling for both!
    lindarumsey on Ravelry.

  22. nomennescio1840

    the turquoise yarn could become a starving artist hat, and the brown one a travelling woman shawl

  23. The brown yarn would be perfect for a pair of textured socks. With the blue yarn I would make a cowl, perhaps with cables or a wavy pattern. Great giveaway and congrats on your blogiversary! :-)

    Monita on Ravelry.

  24. I think the silk – wool worsted would look lovely in Ysolda Teague’s Snapdragon Tam. The brown sock yarn was easy. Mixed with a cream fingering, it would make a very interesting Linen Weave Boomerang, Stitchnerd’s new design (Can you tell I have pulled out yarn to figure out a color combination for Boomerang?).

  25. Anna Conway

    The sock yarn would look lovely in some fingerless gloves and the worsted would make a beautiful scarf with a textured stitch pattern.

  26. The Silky and Single so wants to be a cowl, and the mulch yarn is screaming to be socks on my feet! Thanks for the chance :-)

  27. Congratulations on five years! I came here from the blogging group on Rav. I’m glad Feedly works for you. I’m still trying to decide what I want to do; I don’t actually use Google Reader, so if the Blogger view of pages I follow with GFC continues, I may stick with that. I do appreciate the review of Feedly. I’m a crocheter, not a knitter, but that yarn is gorgeous. Thank you for the chance to win it and try it out. :)

  28. I could see a lovely hat or fingerless gloves for that gorgeous blue yarn. As far as the sock yarn? I am thinking of making my dad some socks for Christmas. Perfect!

  29. Ah, this is an easy one. The Knitted Wit wants to be a gorgeous cowl, and the Three Fates wants to be a scarf. Yarn that lovely needs to be warming sensitive necks!

  30. The brown needs to be a lovely shawl, and the blue, a light vest. Miss you, kiddo. You’re in my thoughts and a knitting bag is coming your way from one of your favorite cooks. Cheers! Dee

  31. The lovely Knitted Wit blue yarn wants to mate with a skein of blues and greens that I bought at Stitches in February to make a knockout shawl or hat/scarf combo. Not sure about the brown yet, but give me time…

  32. The Knitted Wit yarn would make a gorgeous Star Crossed Slouchy Beret.
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/star-crossed-slouchy-beret
    The Three Fates yarn could be the perfect fall accessory as a Ginkgo Crescent Shawl.
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ginkgo-crescent
    Congratulations on the five years, I hope there will be many more to come.

  33. Hmm. That beautiful Knitted Wit yarn is dying to be a squishy warm cowl, and the Three Fates yarn wishes to be a pair of socks. I was going to mention specific projects, but I got *ahem* distracted by projects that some of your other readers mentioned.

    off to lose myself in Ravelry, when I should be sleeping…

  34. kirstinknits

    Lovely yarn! I agree that the silky single wants to be a cowl. I think the sock yarn wants to be a little shawlette! Congrats on your 5 years!

  35. The Knitted Wit yarn really wants to be a cowl. Such a lovely spring color!

    I think the 3 Fates sock yarn actually wants to be socks. A simple sock with ribbing and maybe a teeny cable – my goto sock alternates a 2-st rib with a 2×2 cable and I think that’s what this yarn would like to be.

  36. The Knitted Wit Silky ‘n’ Single definitely say somethign for shoulders or neck – a cowl or shawlette would be perfect and it is in my new fav colors!!

  37. With the beautiful Knitted Wit yarn I would make the Dreiecke hat by Shannon Cook; with Three Fates’ sock yarn I would knit a small Citron.

  38. Congratulations on five years!! I think the Knitted Wit wants to be a cowl (to take full advantage of the silk content), and the Three Fates might do well as gloves.

  39. Congratulations !
    The Three Fates Yarn yarn would make a amazing Maluka http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maluka
    Knitted Wit Silky ‘n’ Single-http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pauline

  40. Nancy N (n2n on Ravelry)

    So generous! I think the green wants to be a cowl like the Dovetail Cowl. The Three Fates yarn … hmmm… maybe because it’s been a long Monday, but deep rich and warm looking — Java Socks from Knitty.
    Thanks for the chance.