Saturday, August 10, 2013

It's August 10 Already?

I obviously don't roll on the same calendar as everyone else.  On top of being a lazy blogger, I'm also guilty of being a lazy photo down-loader.  I'm going to keep this post as picture-heavy and word-free as I can, or forgo sleep altogether.

So, hang on, boys and girls:
Our neighbour's wheat field was not lodged during the storm that hit on June 28th, where we had 20 mm of rain in minutes, if I trust Environment Canada's statistics.
The wheat in our field tried to right itself over the following weeks, and it did, partly.  Still the quality will be terrible, if not a total write-off.  You might want to stock up on flour.
A swirly cloud sunset, for your pleasure.  Our sunsets this season? Few and far between, sadly.
A twelve-spotted dragon-fly.  The first I can recall seeing.  Global warming, here we come!  We'll be feeding polar bears soon.
From dragon-fly to Firefly - the yarn, that is.  This wonderful Firefly from Classic Elite became the aptly named Firefly tunic.  I actually finished something.  In keeping with my latest (laziest?) tradition, I pushed this into my knitting BFF's hands.  Credit goes to Elaine who seamed it for me.  (I think I'm on to something here...putting the onus of finishing projects in someone else's hands?  Brilliant!)  The wonderfully sheepy project bag came from zigzagstitches on Etsy.  Now I don't look like a bag-lady anymore, toting my projects around in tattered grocery bags.  I also love this tunic so much, people around me are starting to wonder if I have anything clean in my closet these days, other than this sweater.  Actually, yes there is, and no, I don't want to wear anything else.  End of discussion.
How's this for a sunset?  July 19th.  (I procrastinate about posting, don't I?)  Better late than never.
Yet another storm rolling in.  We've been deluged this year.  This photo dates July 28th.   Another 20 mm of rain.  I think the weather's on to something of a roll, too.
When the streetlights go on at 4PM, it's because it's raining hard.  Actually, it even hailed.
It rains so much, that it's even raining when it's sunny.  We've had bizarre weather this summer.  Environment Canada posted 0 mm on August 4.  I'm here to tell you we got nailed by a rogue thunder cell.
I finished a scarf made with Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico.  All natural baby alpaca colours, blended with mulberry silk.  Oh wow.  I can't wait for it to snow just so I can wear this!  Just kidding.  I'm saying that in the hopes that we'll only see snow in December.  Like on Christmas Eve December.
I love how Tessie does her Superman flying imitation.  I call this the Supercat pose.  Both Tessie and Bobber are hefty little munchkins.  Where was Cappie?  Enjoying the great out-of-doors.  I don't need to tell you she weighs half of what the chunky-monkeys weigh.
I've knit 12 of these scarves and blogged about it not-a-once.  Katia Jordan's One Skein, A Stole.  I wear this thing All. The. Time.  It matches the Firefly tunic.  See what I did there?  I camouflage the Firefly with my Noro scarf!
Today I made mango chutney.  We have so much local produce these days, but I had to make mango chutney with mangoes from Mexico.  They were 3 for 99c at the grocery store.  I needed 4 to make 6-250 mL jars.  That's a deal too good to pass up.  Don't let the exhaustive list of ingredients dissuade you from making this.  It's quite the condiment.
...and because they're not all stinkers, here is tonight's sunset.  We've got warm, dry, sunny days in the forecast for the coming week, which is a nice departure from recent weeks.

On that note, dear readers, I bid you adieu.  Until next time!


Miriam said...

I love the swirly sunset photo. You have such beautiful long vistas, which are the one thing we miss here in our cabin in the woods!

I have been knitting, too, since you got me on a roll! This summer it has been socks, since my friend Elisabeth taught me how. Nothing as lovely as the ones you sent me, but they're getting better!

Shim Farm said...

Hello Miriam! Glad to have you stop by. It's been a busy summer with lots of distractions.

Those swirly clouds made me think of van Gogh. It is so true, our vistas are great and I admit to being claustrophobic when I don't have the horizon in sight. Thanks to long-lot land division, we've got great views to the east and west. I can't say the same thing for the north and south, but you take what you can get.

You're knitting socks! That's fantastic! Pre-sock machine, I always had a pair of socks in the works, but the machines have spoiled me. I'm sure your hand-knit socks are even more beautiful than my hand-cranked ones though. Keep it up!

Do I dare ask how Kim's cardigan is coming along, or do we not want to know LOL?

Robin said...

Wow, you have been busy. That scarf is really pretty. If you knit two more you will have one new one to wear for two weeks straight. The tunic is beautiful. I can see why you wear it all the time.

When you said Firefly tunic I thought you meant it was a recreation of something off the TV series. :)

Shim Farm said...

Robin, sometimes it feels like I'm busy, yet not busy enough with the stuff that matters LOL. I actually had to Google Firefly - I had no clue it there was a movie and TV series with that name. I'm so out of touch LOL.

I wore that tunic all summer long. With white jeans (part of my summer uniform) it looks very much like "me". I washed it and the sleeves grew a lot. Now I'm not sure if I should try and shrink it, or if I should just make the sleeves shorter LOL.

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