Tuesday, May 08, 2007

beauties and the beasts

Kodi looking regal by the tulips, adorned with Leah's handknit boucle scarf, yarn bought at Farmhouse Yarns/Hopyard Spinnery's spring clearance sale. Can you tell Kodi fancies herself a supermodel when she's not busy being a princess?

Beauty 2:
Jill at Ashland Bay, who responded in less than two hours when I wrote asking for her help in identifying the three Ashland Bay colorways used in my handspun cardigan in progress. I had figured out the peacock and blueberry merino/Tencel blends, but couldn't identify the multicolor. It's Sapphire! All fibers have been ordered and will be spun up soon. Yeah!

Beauty 3:
Remember when I told you about that CitizenRe program that should make it possible for us to get a solar energy system installed on our house? The system gets installed for free and we'd only pay for the electricity we use that is generated by it. We're looking forward to an evaluation soon, but have since discovered that we'd also get a discount if we refer people! So, hey, if you've ever thought solar was a great idea but were put off by the price, click here to check this out as someone I referred.

Beast 1:
Inventorboy with the Stirling cycle engine he and Scott have been working on for the past couple of days. It doesn't work as well as hoped...yet...but now that they're familiar with the mechanics, there are ideas of where they need to make modifications. My picture doesn't show the details very well, but this was a fairly challenging project for them both.

Beast 2:
Is Scott's left middle finger, with a thoroughly grody burned tip. I was going to put up a picture of it, but it's icky enough that I thought it best to spare you. Still, it's a little reminder that playing with molten glass is serious business, even if it is a lot of fun.

edited to add Beauty 4:
Paradise Fibers shipped my order (see above) the same day they received it. Apparently we're on a roll with vendors with top notch customer service!
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Blogger Lorraine said...

Great post! I like Jesse's latest project. Wish Hockeyboy was more mechanically minded. Right now, he plays guitar for 3 hours a day. I suspect I have a very musically inclined son!

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Hi! Read your post earlier about the toothpaste...baking soda and peppermint oil. What are proportions?

7:29 PM  

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