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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Macungie Spring

We got hit with snow last night. It is sort of melting this morning. I say sort of because I think all of the two inches we got was still in the street and the driveway when I first got up. But it is beginning to get warmer and it is melting. There is some slush in the street right now. The driveway is still a sheet of ice. My intention is to stay inside and just let it melt. I'm not in any position to shovel it anyway. They aren't great pictures, because I took them through the window and the screen in my computer room. But you can see that the bulbs are trying very hard to come up. This time last year they were in full bloom and the tulips were too.

This year, not so much. I am so hungry for Spring, but they say that we have at least two more weeks of this stuff coming before it starts getting warmer.

Meanwhile I've been keeping myself busy. Google announced that it was closing down Reader in a couple of months. I'm trying Feedly out. Reader was very stark. Feedly, except in one of the views is rather pretty to look at. So far I haven't located one of the functions of Reader that I really liked. I would group blogs, but I could chose to read all of the blogs in a group together in date order, or I could choose to read them one at a time. So far, I haven't located that function. It doesn't mean that function doesn't exist. Just that I haven't found one that works that way for me, so far.

I've been knitting. The scarf is getting longer. It is a bit darker than this photo shows. One thing that I've found very odd about the yarn (Amazing by Lion Brand) is that so far none of the colors in the first ball showed up in the second ball. The bright pink was almost the same, but not quite. And I'm pretty sure that the dark blue color that I've finally come to is going to be more teal than purple. The two balls were bought in the same store on the same day. They are the same colorway number and the same dye lot.

I did manage to get out of the house on Sunday and I went to Dollar Tree. I like that dollar store the best of all the ones I've ever gone to. I had purchased one plastic basket to use as a project basket for small knitting and sewing projects and liked it so much I wanted more of them. They still had some in three different colors and I bought two of each. I also got two baskets that are bigger. I can see myself needing something bigger.

I have also finally gotten to the sewing machine. It needed to have the free motion foot put away and a regular foot put on. It needed a new needle BADLY. I did all of that. Yesterday I went to The Quilt Show and watched a binding video from their classroom area. Today I sewed the binding strips for the table runner I've been making.

The method taught by Margo Clabo was so easy I could not believe it. Getting those 45 degree seams has always been a problem for me, and I get jogs in the joins. Not today. I have never seen anything that easy. I'm going to be trying some of the other tricks she taught. I don't know if a free membership will get you into the Classroom area or not. But I've found the paid membership worth every penny. They tend to give away a bunch of stuff over the year, physical give aways but also access to shows you don't "own" as well, they do two excellent TV style shows a month, and there are always at least one, and sometimes two short classroom series going. A paid membership gives you access to the current shows and to the entire classroom area. I think it is worth the money.

 Take care all.


  1. That scarf is beautiful! I love the knitting pattern too.

    I'm going to have to look at the Margo Clabo classes too. Sounds intriguing.

  2. We recived more snow too, I think we are approaching the 130 inch mark for the winter. Ugh, it's gotta go. I love your scarf. And that quilting is great. Hope your snow melts soon, we may be waiting till June this year!!

  3. looking for spring to show up around here too!

  4. We got some snow yesterday too but thankfully it melts pretty fast. Beautiful scarf and that is too bad the colors are different even with the same dye lot! Thanks for sharing.
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  5. I live in Sweden and we got snow today and yesterday too.
    It´s so cold here now (we almoast thought that spring was on it´s way) so I don´t go outside without my knitted scarf.
    I like the one you are knitting! Nice colors and fine pattern!

  6. What a sweet scarf, I love teh colors, very good job you are doing, keep it up!

  7. Thank You for your comment on my blog about the "cross over strap". Geee's hadn't even given that a thought but think I will take those straps off and put on one of those. Would really like to know the name of that knitted scarf pattern. Went to Ravelry but could not find one that looked like it. Will be checking your blog often!!!!

  8. Thanks for your impressions on Feedly. I see a lot of people jumping over to Bloglovin but I like to hear what else is available and how things are working before I change over to a different feed reader.

    Gotta love those Dollar Tree baskets and their handiness. I use some smaller ones for scraps and snips on my cutting table and next to my machine. Don't know what I ever did without them.