Wool House Withdrawal

It feels like things have been moving at breakneck speed around here and that I'm being pulled in a thousand different directions all at once.

Of course it's not all that different from usual but it does make me miss the steadiness and comfort of Wool House from last week. Things were still crazy then too, but there was something very rejuvenating of the spirit about having a consistency to look forward to with the volunteering that I was doing. And the enveloping cocoon of Wool House once you were there - where sounds were muffled and everything was much softer and on a more even keel - served to make things feel more manageable, not insurmountable.

The sun fades on Wool House. Can't wait to see what Wool Week brings in October!

The sun fades on Wool House. Can't wait to see what Wool Week brings in October!

Still, in spite of not much else getting done in my life last week, it was incredibly productive for me in terms of my spinning and my little Sidekick and I got to know each other even better! This is what I had to show for it:

Two 4-oz braids of  SweetGeorgia Yarns Blue-Faced Leicester wool fibre  spun over three days at Wool House and plied on on the fourth.

Two 4-oz braids of SweetGeorgia Yarns Blue-Faced Leicester wool fibre spun over three days at Wool House and plied on on the fourth.

Which last night I finally wound up on my niddy noddy to measure the yardage, and put in a bath of Soak and then finished off with a whack-and-thwack before setting it in our shower to hang to dry overnight. And this morning it was dry:

 Approximately 400 yards of fingering weight in the colourway Riptide.

Approximately 400 yards of fingering weight in the colourway Riptide.

Not having spun with BFL before, I have to say I can't wait to do it again. It was gorgeous! A light, soft and lovely fibre with a long staple length and the Sidekick just kept wanting to spin it finer and finer, so I just let it. It was so wonderful to spin that I can't wait to knit with it! Fingers crossed there's enough as I really want to knit this adorable racerback tank from a TOFT Alpacas pattern (the grey one they show on their website). I've got Rachel on the case though, to see if there's a way to stretch my yardage to what the pattern actually calls for.

Now it's time to catch up on everything else that fell by the wayside last week!

Blame it on Wool House

Okay, I know I said that this past weekend was going to involve dragging out the sewing machine and working on the lining of that bag. Or maybe finishing off a quilt for my little guy that I started before we left Toronto. It should be noted that I have elaborate fantasies about how productive I can be with my crafts as the whole weekend stretches before me. Before, of course, the reality of a husband having to work at the weekend and the ferrying of a five year old to skating lessons, birthday parties and other forms of entertainment sinks in. Sigh.

Yesterday the little guy and I headed into central London on a very grey day for a little distraction. I lured him to Somerset House to see the Campaign for Wool's exhibit at Wool House by telling him that we were going to see some sheep. I had seen them when I was there on Friday with Rachel where we were demonstrating spinning (you can catch the video here). Bad mommy. The sheep that were there on Friday were not there on Sunday. Oops.

 Welcome to Wool House.

Welcome to Wool House.

I'd wanted to see what I'd missed while I'd been spinning on Friday and with free admission it seemed like an easy win in terms of something fun to do with my little guy. In spite of the missing sheep Mr. H was pretty engaged, and snapped pics with his own camera:

 What's not to love about a life-size crochetdermy bear?

What's not to love about a life-size crochetdermy bear?

While mommy snapped a few with hers (click on photos to enlarge):

Wool House is "a stunning showcase of wool for interiors, fashion and the world of artisan and craft making, highlighting the beauty and versatility of the fibre".

What Wool House really is, is a feast for the eyes. Taking over a wing of Somerset House, the exhibit demonstrates how pervasive wool is in our lives. From furniture fabrics to art to clothing textiles to the various forms and possibilities of felting. Wool House is a celebration of all things sheep.

 I love the way these bright colours of felt played with each other as a feature wall in the wool lounge.

I love the way these bright colours of felt played with each other as a feature wall in the wool lounge.

There were also lectures and demonstrations and workshops. Since I'm back at Wool House three more times this week as a volunteer (more uninterrupted spinning time in the guise of demos!), I'm hoping I might be able to poke my head into a few.

If you're in the London area, definitely make the time to check out Wool House. The exhibit runs at Somerset House until Sunday, 24 March, 2013.