Episode #29 – Oh Baby!


Baby girl cartoon

The Ravelry baby has arrived!

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

The lambs and moms go out to the “pasture” for the first time.

strawberry season

strawberry season

Strawberries ripen and I’m up to my ears! Strawberry jam, strawberry shortcake and strawberry daiquairis.

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

Natural Dyeing – what’s in the pot
I did some pre-mordanting with alum for dyeing and used some thinned out corn plants to get a yellow. The base yarn is a beige/tan color so the color is a bit more like a yellow gold color.


Merino and Tussah spun vs same colorway in yarn

my spinning on bottom and dyed yarn on top

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 did a Navajo ply. I FINISHED finally!!


I’ve put my socks aside until I find the courage to re-knit the suckers. I used a US #1.5 needle and should have used US #2. This is just enough to make a difference in the fit. So to make myself feel better I started a pair of socks for hubby.


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

Babydoll Southdown

Babydoll Southdown

Olde English Babydoll Southdown

Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep Registry

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)


Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Not enough time in the day, even on the longest day of the year!

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

Knitting my socks I decided that they would be to tight for a good fit. After starting the second sock I finally admitted that I wouldn’t be happy unless I re-knit these suckers.

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

“Baby Cable Ribbing”
The pattern and picture of a swatch for Baby Cable Ribbing. A video on how it’s done.

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Best Baby AfghansOur Best Baby Afghans – Leisure Arts Leaflet 2853

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“Make hay while the sun shines”

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

Things to consider when making baby items.

Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

She’s here…Jess and Casey have a brand new baby girl. She was due on June 5th but decided that she wasn’t ready, until June 17, 2011 at 3:03 AM. She’s 8 lbs and 15 oz and 20.5″. For the past nine months she was referred to by the Ravelry users as “freckle monkey”, but her official name is Eloise. See pictures of the baby…isn’t she cute?

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

The Alice ProjectJust the Beginning/Song for New Baby by The Alice Project


Lullaby for Alia by Kimo Watanbe

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

Thank you Sarah from Ohio 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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