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
Skirting with friends, we skirt one black ram and one white ewe. They find out it’s not the most romantic part of processing a fleece.
The boys have a “barn party”.
WIP – Works in progress, what’s on the needles, wheel or in the dyepot
Natural Dyeing – what’s in the pot
Rug yarn dyed in corn plants that were thinned from the garden. Three skeins (total 300 yds) will remain yellow and the other three will be overdyed with indigo for two different shades of green (300 yds. for each color).
I’ve got another pot of alum mordanted rug yarn for some dyeing with St. John’s Wort which will be a yellow/gold. I’ll keep 3 skeins of just St. John’s Wort and overdye six skeins in two shades of green (again 300 yds. per color).
The Tour de Fleece (TdF) has started. July 2 through July 24, 2011 I will be competing in the TdF. I am on three teams this year, Team HY/SE/SCF, Team Yarn Hollow and last but not least, Team Russian Underpants (a team of spinners with antique and Canadian Production Wheels (CPW).
The tools or wheels I’ll be using during the TdF this year. On the left is a Canadian Production Wheel made by Frederic Bordua made in St. Hyacinth, Canada over 100 years ago. The wheel on the right is my Kromski Minstrel wheel.
A cowl for my neice’s birthday, June 24th. Spun from Southern Cross Fibre (SCF) Polwarth in the colorway, Border Crossing. More about that in Greensleeves.
You guessed it the placemats are still waiting their turn. If I could only spend another day I could get them off the loom. Where do I find more time?
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)
Sweetgrass airs on July 5th on your local PBS station. Shepherd’s in Montana are filmed over the course of 3 years (filming). The film depicts the one year life of shepherds and their dogs that care for a flock of sheep. The film includes lambing, maintanence of the sheep and bringing the flock to the “Sweetgrass” in the mountains for the summer.
What bugs you?
Computer upgrades that foobar my system. Last week when attempting to post the show notes I got a popup from WordPress that instructed me to upgrade my Mozilla Firefox to the latest version, v.5.0. I proceeded to upgrade to find out that this latest version of Firefox turns off my McAfee Real Time Scanning feature and would not allow me to enable the feature in McAfee to turn it back on. Firefox upgrade also informed me that I would no longer be able to run Skype in this browser.
Goodbye Firefox! Hello Internet Explorer (full time).
Greensleeves and The Frog Pond– ripping, repairing and swearing (no swearing on the air though, it’s a family friendly show)
Cast off the cowl in a knit bind off and it’s to tight. Must rip out two rows and redo with a stretchier bind off. Otherwise who’s it going to fit?
Say What?– Tidbits and terms used in spinning, knitting, dyeing, weaving
“On Handwork” the value of fiber crafts. A video featuring Renate Hiller on her perception of the value of textiles and fiber crafts in our world. More information about Renate Hiller can be found at their website, Fiber Craft Studio.
Book reviews – From My Bookshelf
The Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing Workbook 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
TdF is not a race but rather a personal challenge in your spinning. $50 socks for love or money? Selling patterns in Ravelry.
Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry
Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.
Donate to Ravelry as a way of saying thank you for providing a community for fiberholics.
Songs to Spin By– some music to spin or knit by, featuring a new artist or song each show
Robbing Peter to Pay Pauline by Andrew Dean and The Farm Machine
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
Copyright 2011 by Ba Ba Blacksheep