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
Bella has triplets on May 16th!! Two rams (one black with a white hourglass blaze and one ram is solid white) and one ewe (solid white). Mom and babies are doing fine. The little ewe, “Molly” is being bottle fed.
Little Shit had her big guy on May 19, 2011. He’s solid white, a single ram and is big. At birth he was as big as the week old lambs. Little Shit is my one Shetland ewe and Randy (ram used) is Finn. The lamb’s fiber is Finn in the front and Shetland in the back.
WIP – Works in progress, what’s on the needles, wheel or in the dyepot
Loving the spin on this fiber from Rita. LOVE the colors and the fiber blend. Still working on my Merino/Tussah Silk (80/20) blend from Yarn Hollow, colorway “Red Rocks and Spruce”. I split the roving in half lengthwise and I’m almost finished with the first half. I guess I just don’t want the fun to end.
First sock done and second one started. Current socks on the needles. These are for me….me….me….made with Opal sock yarn in wool/nylon.
Still working on the 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. I’m almost finished with the second placemat. I’m getting really good with unweaving.
It Had to Be Ewe– breed Information and the different types of wool
Comeback – not really a particular breed but rather the breeding of a breed that is derived from Merino and another longwool breed. When this sheep is bred “back” to a Merino the result is a “Comeback”. The Comeback should genetically be 70-90% Merino.
Fodder – Tips, Tricks and Techniques I’ve learned along the way (if you have suggestions, send them in…more on that later)
Nature vs. Nurture.
What bugs you?
Do sheep cross their legs? It’s like watching paint dry.
Greensleeves and The Frog Pond– ripping, repairing and swearing (no swearing on the air though, it’s a family friendly show)
Socks that are snug in fit. Could it have anything to do with using a US #1.5 instead of US #2…ya think?
Say What?– Tidbits and terms used in spinning, knitting, dyeing, weaving
The weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing Book
by Rachel Brown
Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm
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
ASI Weekly articles
Superwash now available in the US – Those interested in ordering washable wool can contact Paullier at 843-257-4563.
Sweetgrass film on PBS on July 5, 2011 – Movie trailer
Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry
Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.
How to find a good pattern when you “comeback” to your stash.
Songs to Spin By– some music to spin or knit by, featuring a new artist or song each show
Come Back Down – Lisa Redford
Courtesy of MusicAlley.com
Thank you Karen from California for your donation to the podcast. I couldn’t go on without your generous support.
Thank you for listening, see you next time.
- Wren Ross blog “Stories of Fiber“
Songs used in the show all by: Wren Ross
Ba Ba Blacksheep
It Had to Be Ewe
You can find more about Wren Ross at her blog
Copyright 2011 by Ba Ba Blacksheep