Episode #33 – Just Peachy


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 bottle babies in action. Today’s video features Molly, the most effecient bottle baby…she’s like a machine. Watch that tail.

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

Natural Dyeing – what’s in the pot

nothing new yet but I’m preparing for next dye day


The Tour de Fleece is wrapping up for this year. Due to a sprained wrist I was considerably slowed down at the end. I did get several lovely skeins done and I’m just about done blending “honey” on the drum carder.

On the left in the picture is the original peaches or honey? version. On the right I found some light brown alpaca to tone down the color a bit and I think it’s closer to honey not as peachy.


Nope, still on the injured reserve list for now.


We won’t mention the lonesome placemats hanging out on the loom waiting for some attention.

It Had to Be Ewe– breed Information and the different types of wool

Falkland – it’s not a specific breed but rather where the sheep come from, the Falkland Islands.

Falkland Government information about sheep farming on the Falkland Islands

University of Oklahoma – Sheep Directory
Nebraska Sheep Directory
In Sheep’s Clothing, A Handspinner’s Guide to Wool

FodderTips, Tricks and Techniques I’ve learned along the way (if you have suggestions, send them in…more on that later)

How to split your fiber depends on what effect you want the yarn to have. Thinking about the end project is helpful too.

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Biting flies. Poor Belle, her nose is really sore.

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

over twisted singles and what to do about it

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

“Kakishibu – Japanese method of a natural dyeing technique using the sunlight to set the colors”

More information available on the Colorways – EMag from Interweave Press

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook Lynne Vogel

My first dyeing book. Yes, this is the book that started it all. Lots of information about dyeing, starting with KoolAid dyeing. This book covers the information you need to get started with acid dyes for protein fibers. There is lots of great information about mixing your colors from the primary colors to get the color that you want.

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“Two shakes of a lamb’s tail”

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

Summer projects – what do you do when it’s to hot to knit?

Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

How to find patterns made from cotton, or other specific fibers.

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

Peaches in the SummertimeIona Leigh

Special music earlier in the show – Heat Risin from the 109 – Jennifer Haase (I mispronounced her last name, Haase is her last name and it rhymes with classy)

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

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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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