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 grandkids come to visit and feed the bottle babies. Grand-daughter likes to help with chores…do you think because it’s not something she does everyday, or is she a real farmgirl?
WIP – Works 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.
I previously dyed with bracken fern and cochineal. I used the cochineal straight with no mordent in the middle yarn and the yarn on the right side had vinegar added to get an orangier color.
Isn’t this Polwarth lovely? It’s dyed by Southern Cross Fibres and Hello Yarn as a collaborative effort for the SCF club fiber. The colorway is “Carried Away” and I really love spinning Polwarth, it’s so soft and it really plumps after washing.
I’m knitting a the pattern “Climb and Swirl” cowl for a birthday gift using some Polwarth that I had spun earlier. (You have to be logged into Ravelry to access the link above for the pattern.)
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
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)
Spinning wheel tuneup
What bugs you?
Hubby was off on vacation and had a full agenda, which included me. That left less time for fiber fun.
Greensleeves and The Frog Pond– ripping, repairing and swearing (no swearing on the air though, it’s a family friendly show)
Spinning in Memory of Joe. I want to unravel the pain and spin memories of the joy and laughter he brought to my life.
Say What?– Tidbits and terms used in spinning, knitting, dyeing, weaving
Book reviews – From My Bookshelf
Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm
“Spin a Yarn”
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
Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry
Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.
Songs to Spin By– some music to spin or knit by, featuring a new artist or song each show
Spinning Wheel performed by Clare Dowling (website is The Moot, a band that she plays with in the UK)
Courtesy of MusicAlley.com
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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
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