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London-Wul is a fibre farm in New Brunswick Canada where animals are neither destroyed nor sold without exception. Also a national award winning shop and studio, London-Wul is home to textile artist Heidi Wulfraat.


Monday, May 29, 2006

SEDUCED


...Boy do I love these needles.
Strange because I'm truly a wooden needle kind of gal but who could resist those little Pony Pearl comfort colours? I started by plucking just one pair off of the shop rack. Of course I'm my own best customer. I have to support my own shop. Ok maybe I'm defeating the purpose but lets chalk it up to product research.
Short version of the story, I now have every size of Pony dp's in my trusty needle case. They are just the perfect length, almost weightless, they don't bend and bow under the strain of brow beading sock production, they have just the perfect amount of "click", oh and again, those cheerful colours lulling me into a false sense of "just one pair will do".


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Saturday, May 27, 2006

THE PILGRIMAGE


This is a wool story. Trust me.
Each year we feed a group of wild Mallards (and black ducks, wood ducks, ring necks, Canada geese etc.) that fly in to summer on our pond. This because, at the same time, our property serves as one of several slow release sites for our regional wildlife rescue group.

Ok, the wool part;
Returning mallard mom's teach their newly hatched babes to take the daily pilgrimage from the pond, across the field, past the house, through the fence and into the SHEEP PEN (the wool component) to munch on any residuals in and around the barn. These little squirts will grow up, fly away, return and teach their own babes to hop on the same meal train next year. How great is this to look forward to seeing every spring?


PS... Sorry about the poor quality pic.....Had to take it out the bathroom window through the screen so as not to disturb Mrs. Mallard. ... And yes, if you've thought this through that means that you can practically reach out and touch the sheep while visiting the Loo at the london-Wul homestead. Ain't life grand?

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

SMART LIKE PAINT


I am happy to say that I now own a set of (newly painted) orange doors (they really are orange). Now really, how can one go through life without at least one orange door to call their own?
This is the shop entrance.



...and this is my dye studio. Isn't it adorable?



....and what the heck here's the whole shop.

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GOOD NEWS?

It must be good news...We're having to expand the parking lot again!
Not such great news for Angus however, who distinctly HATES commotion and has opted to stay at the house reclining on the cool bathroom tiles and snoring at impressive decibels.



Here's my sweetie, smoothing things over. Now remember he's a w-o-o-d w-o-r-k-e-r. I'll let you know how he (and the equipment) made out.

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Monday, May 22, 2006

OOH LA LA......




......this is one tidy studio. Thanks to my dear sister (who was helping me regroup while she was visiting "on vacation").
Look closely and you might just find my feathered friend, Osira.

...and what is that I see? peek-a-boo, new Schacht I-love-you !
Yes, yes yes, it spins like a dream!
I'm soo happy to be carrying this wheel!

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Friday, May 19, 2006

NAKEDY



Well, here we are, in the aftermath of shearing.
Left with a flock of naked souls all feeling like spring lambs again.

...and ALLOT of fleece washing up and coming!


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Monday, May 15, 2006

HUNG OUT TO DRY


mmm.....merino the fruits of last weeks dye day.
... this week: Mohair. Spinning anyone?

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

MAKING PROGRESS


...lots of great visitors today. The knitting gang here tonight, and I DID manage to make some progress by getting several of these be-dazzeled pieces out in the shop this morning. Yay!

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

CATCH A QUICK BREATH

Wow, what a week! We have an AMAZING guide heading up our coach tours this year (love you Odette), the first of which went incredibly well and was incredibly fun! We were also visited by first second and third year textiles students from the New Brunswick Craft School. Today we had our lively spin/weave/dye study group and tomorrow we will host a fun loving group of red hatters. My needles have been busy and there are wild spaghetti strings of dyed merino roving draped throughout the dye shed. ...and it's only Tuesday!...to be continued.

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

KNIT CANDY


It's here!... all colours in Mission Falls Merino have arrived as have all of the Mission Falls pattern books, ...............button collection and Cotton collection on it's way... wooohoo0!

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