Episode #30 – Ready, Set…Go!


Tour de FleeceWelcome 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?

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

Natural Dyeing – what’s in the pot

natural dye - corn plant

natural dye - corn plant

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.

natural dye - bracken fern and cochineal

natural dye - (L-R) bracken fern, cochineal and cochineal with vinegar

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.



Polwarth - Carried Away SCF

Polwarth - Carried Away Southern Cross Fibre

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.)


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




Polwarth Sheep Breeder’s Association of Australia
New Zealand’s Sheep Breeders Association – Polwarth

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

Pet Peeves

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

“Encasement Yarn”

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

 The Intentional Spinner by Judith MacKenzie McCuin

The book only

The book with DVD


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

Tour de FleeceTour de Fleece 2011, July 2 – 24, 2011


Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

Signing up for Tour de Fleece and finding a team.

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

Thank you everyone for your donations 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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