Episode 21 – Grow a Garden

Shearing Dance

Shearing Dance

Welcome to Ba Ba Blacksheep a podcast hosted by BowPeep for all the fiberholics out there. I’m glad you dropped by and I hope you enjoy the show. Put yourself on the map.

Hi, I’m BowPeep a shepherdess who is a fiberholic. I wish to remain anonymous, one…I’m not an expert and secondly I wish to protect the innocent.

I have learned a lot and want to “Pay it Forward” by sharing things I’ve learned along the way.

If you discover who I really am, please keep it a secret and instead experience the joy of “Pay it Forward“.

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Life on the Farm– updates on the cast and crew

Shearing day – April 11, 2011
The sheep get “nekid”

Shearing before and after

Shearing before and after

I’ve included some pictures on the blog for you to see. I will provide a link for you to see all the pictures from shearing day….at least the ones that turned out ok.
The picture at the top of the blog best captures the “dance” of shearing. The first one to the left here shows the shearing in progress. You can see the fleece as it is being shorn and see the sheep “nekid”.

Shearing shoes

Shearing shoes

The next picture shoes the shearer’s moccasins. You can see how the moccasins make it easier for him to have maximum flexibility with his feet…and why. As he is working with the shears in his hands, he has to hold the sheep with his legs, using his thighs, his knees and positioning his feet just right. It is fascinating to watch this dance in progress. It truly does remind me of a ballet. Each move is practiced and carried out.

Shearing very preggers

Shearing very preggers

The last picture shows a very pregnant ewe. Poor girl, no chance for modesty for her. I wonder how many lambs this girl is going to have?

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


Still waiting on the wheel, white Shetland that I have hand combed from my Shetland ewe, “Little Shit”

DD sock on left and SIL on right


Two pair of socks on the needles
A pair for SIL’s birthday coming up on May 3rd

A pair for DD birthday, April 12th

Rustic scarf finished

The rustic scarf is finished and here’s the closeup.

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

Texel Sheep come in three varieties

Texel Dutch

Texel Dutch

Texel British

Texel British

Texel French

Texel French

Texel Sheep Breeders Society website

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

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

A Weaver’s Guide to Yarn

You have to sign up to their website in order to download. It doesn’t cost anything other than your email address.

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Late spring. It snowed last night. Enough to accumulate. It pissed me off to see the ground covered in white again. Come on…it’s April.

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

Zoning out while knitting.

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

Sleying the reed

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Wild Color – The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
by Jenny Dean

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“The bluebird of happiness”

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

Natural dyeing and planning your garden to provide you with natural dye materials.

Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

Groups on Ravelry that focus on Natural Dyeing. You have to be logged into Ravelry for these links to work.
Plants to Dye For
Natural Dyeing

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

Grow a Garden  by Kesang Marstrand

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

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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
Ravelry Group: BaBaBlacksheep
Send your questions or comments: blacksheep.bowpeep@gmail.com

Copyright 2011 by Ba Ba Blacksheep


About bowpeep

I have a flock of sheep and am a fiberholic with a podcast, Ba Ba Blacksheep.
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