Episode #34 – Rainbow Bridge


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“.

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Life on the Farm– updates on the cast and crew

The new freezer.
Sweet pickle relish – OMG good!
The bottle babies in action. Today’s video features Rex, better known as “milk face

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

Natural Dyeing – what’s in the pot

Marigold dyeing….more gold


How about some “Art Yarn”? Spinning fiber from Southern Cross Fibres in colorway “Roasted” which is some mixed (natural colors that were dyed) of BFL.


Hubby’s socks, now WITH a heel flap.


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

Recap of the fine wool breeds and introduction to the North European Short-Tailed family.

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook
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)

Stages of Grief

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Negative energy.

Interesting study on Knitting Therapy that you might like to read.

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

More gold?
How NOT to make a heel flap on a sock

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

Ripsmatta” or “Rep Weave”

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece – Gail Callahan

I suggested this book for my girlfriend when we were visiting a recent fiber fair. She was interested in dyeing and the different techniques, how to determine combinations of colors. This book was perfect for her. This book gets you started having fun dyeing your yarn or fiber.

The Rainbow Beneath My Feet – Arleen Rainis Bessette & Alan E. Bessette

Ever think of dyeing with mushrooms or lichens? Well, this is a perfect book to find the right mushrooms for the color that you want. What mushrooms can you find in the woods in your part of the world?

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“Rainbow Bridge”

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….  Author unknown…

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

Protein and Cellulose Fiber dyed by Rivers Edge Fiber Arts

Protein vs. Cellulose fibers and the proper dye methods for each. An example of this type of dyeing is a beautiful feature of the fibers from River’s Edge Fiber Arts. You can see in the picture the ribbons of undyed cellulose fibers while all the protein fibers are dyed in beautiful colors. I’m thinking of using this to go with some Hamburg BFL/Silk. More details later, when I figure it out.

Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

Who’s online – small world.

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

The Rainbow Bridge, Maria Daines

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

Special announcements:

Congratulations to Jasmine from the Knitmore Girls on your new baby due Feb. 2012.

3 weeks left to submit photos to ASI photo contest – deadline August 19, 2011 (see “Love and Money” podcast for details)

Export Tour in Milwaukee, WI on Aug. 3, 2011 “US Dept. of Agriculture – New Markets, New Jobs for more information contact PUT CONTACT LINKS HERE

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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