Episode #23 – Why Sheep Don’t Shrink in the Rain


Red Ferarri

Red Ferarri - Made of Wool (12 miles of yarn)

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“.

You can listen to this episode here.

Life on the Farm– updates on the cast and crew

First time ewe has premature twins, one ram and one ewe that did not make it. Their lungs weren’t developed and they were probably 2 weeks earlier than they should have been.  It was sad and I felt really helpless since there wasn’t anything that I could do.  Discussion on possible causes of premature, stillborn and dead lambs. The importance of graining the girls in the last 4-6 weeks to prevent toxemia in pregnancy.

Looking forward to lots of lambs…coming soon, like any day.

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


Merino/Tussah Silk (80/20) blend from Yarn Hollow, colorway “Red Rocks and Spruce”. I’m just spinning for the fun of spinning and letting the fiber dictate the yarn. I haven’t a clue about how I will ply this…stay tuned.

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 – both socks DONE

A pair for DD birthday, April 12th – first sock done and the second one is started. Pair is DONE


Placemats with a modified log cabin pattern from Handwoven Treasury. Using my 15″ Flip RH loom with a 10 dent heddle and warped with 3/2 cotton in natural and brown.

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




American Sheep Industry Association – Debouillet

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)

May Day

Red Ferrari

Red Ferrrari for sale

For sale – Red Ferrari, one owner, made of wool (12 miles of yarn)

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Quiet this week.

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

Unweaving a lot…is that a word….unweaving?

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

“Take up” – how it differs from shrinking. The three measurements of weaving.

The Friday Night Knit Club by Kate JacobsBook reviews – From My Bookshelf

The Friday Night Knit Club
by Kate Jacobs

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“The bee’s knees”Bees knees

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

“Why Sheep Don’t Shrink in the Rain” and other FAQs about wool. (scroll to the very bottom and click on link for the pdf file.

Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

Radar in Ravelry….you eavesdropper you!

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

Josh Woodward

Don’t Close Your Eyes by Josh Woodward

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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