Episode #16 – Come Alive, Blocking Lace


Haruni blocked closeup

Haruni blocking

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Episode #16 – Come Alive, Blocking Lace
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Life on the Farm – updates on the cast and crew

Name the kids contest, check out the Ravelry group, Ba Ba Blacksheep and enter a name in the contest thread.

WIPWorks in progress, what’s on the needles, wheel or in the dyepot

Spinning – Finn/Angora spinning done! Spun woolen and Navajo ply was used to get every inch I could. Balaclava coming soon…stay tuned.

4 oz. BFL/silk from All Spun Up in colorway “Rustic”. It was spun on my CPW (Canadian Production Wheel) fine for a Navajo ply yarn in a fingering weight. I’ll show pictures next week once it’s all plied. All Spun Up group on Ravelry, for the SAL information.

Shetland singles closeup

Shetland singles

Shetland fleece from my ewe “Little Shit”. I hand combed her fleece last summer (most of it is done). I’m spinning this on my CPW pretty thin for a traditional three ply fingering or jumper weight. (Click on pictures to biggify.)


Haruni collage

from top left clockwise; unspun merino, unblocked shawl, on the blocking board, finished in the snow


The Haruni shawl designed by Emily Ross is finished! It’s blocked and ready for it’s closeups. (You must be logged into Ravelry for this link to work.)

Will be coming out of hibernating status – Cassidy sweater by ChicKnits

It Had to Be Ewe – breed Information and the different types of wool



Gotland sheep

University of Oklahoma – Sheep Directory
Nebraska Sheep Directory
In Sheep’s Clothing, A Handspinner’s Guide to Wool
American Gotland Sheep Society
British Gotland Sheep Society

Fodder – Tips, Tricks and Techniques I’ve learned along the way (if you have suggestions, send them in…more on that later)

Different fibers and how they react to blocking.

To Block or Not to Block by Jessica Fenlon Thomas on Knitty.com
The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning by Alden Amos

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

No internet service….again.

Greensleeves and The Frog Pond – ripping, repairing and swearing (no swearing on the air though, it’s a family friendly show)

Nothing like K3 together with a crochet hook to make you count your stitches to avoid tinking.

Say What? – Tidbits and terms used in spinning, knitting, dyeing, weaving

Blocking wires.

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

A Gathering of Lace

A Gathering of Lace

A Gathering of Lace by Meg Swanson

Lots of lace patterns that are not all shawls. Includes socks, gloves, hats, pullovers, cardigans, tunics, a vest, purses, shawls and more.

Great photography, great patterns and lots of inspiration all contained in one book.

Errata for A Gathering of Lace

Barnyard Banter – slang expressions that originated on the farm

“You can get more flies with honey than with vinegar” or “Persuasion is better than force.”


Haruni blocked full size

Haruni blocked full size

Off topic Topics or Guests


– Discussions on the various fiber crafts, each show will look closer at aspects of a particular craft or an occasional guest

Blocking your lace. I explain how I blocked my Haruni shawl with blocking wires. Karin from Knit Picks shows the supplies needed to block your lace.

Ravelry Tips – ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

Blocking – Before and After, some eye candy to appreciate the beauty of blocking. (You must be logged into Ravelry to access this link.)

Songs to Spin By – some music to spin or knit by, featuring a new artist or song each show

Come Alive performed by Steadman

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

Thank you for listening, see you next time.

Song Credits

Wren Ross blog "Stories of Fiber"

Wren Ross blog "Stories of Fiber"

Songs used in the show all by: Wren Ross
Ba Ba Blacksheep
It Had to Be Ewe
76 Stitches
You can find more about Wren Ross at her blog

Blog and Show Notes: www.bowpeep.wordpress.com
Ravelry ID: BowPeep
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I have a flock of sheep and am a fiberholic with a podcast, Ba Ba Blacksheep.
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