Episode #26 – Comeback


LED boomerang

LED boomerang

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 and triplets

Bella and triplets (two rams on the right and ewe standing by mom)

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's ram (Shetland X Finn)

Little Shit's ram, Shetland (backside) X Finn (front end)

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.

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

spinning project

Red Rocks and Spruce, merino/tussah from Yarn Hollow


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.

Opal socks for me on US1,5

Opal socks for me on US1,5


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.


Weaving placemats

Placemats on the Flip loom

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.

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)

Nature vs. Nurture.

Pet Peeves

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 BookBook reviews – From My Bookshelf

The weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing Book
by Rachel Brown

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“Comeback Kid”

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

Lisa Redford

Lisa Redford

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.

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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1 Response to Episode #26 – Comeback

  1. Susan Moore says:

    When you run plumb out of things to look up and explain try Poor Man’s Manure.
    Love your podcast, I look forward to it each week. Thank you for giving of yourself.


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