Episode #35 – I’m a Troll


Trolls, dolls popular in the 60-90's

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

Ramzey misses his mom and sister when he gets moved to the “big boys” pen. He cried for several days but he’s all settled in now.

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

Cotton rug warp - first painted dye project

Dyeing – what’s in the pot

Hand painting cotton rug warp with cellulose fiber dye. This has been something new, so I tell you all about it in “Fodder” and how I did it. It was a lot of fun to do. I used the leftover dye and made some Tiedye t-shirts for myself. Hubby was jealous, he wanted something that looked like the “Greatful Dead”, I was just using up leftover pastel colors. Next time dear…


"Spumoni" colorway by Yarn Hollow - BFL superwash


“Spumoni” colorway by Yarn Hollow in a BFL superwash wool.  I love these funky colors, my daughter picked it out. She doesn’t trust herself with anything but superwash wool on laundry day. I’m going to Navajo ply this to keep the colors bright and cheerful. I’m hoping for a good worsted weight or something I can knit a hat or cowl…don’t know which yet. I’m having to much fun spinning it.

2 ply, 2 ply with mohair locks and in middle a novelty yarn

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.


Getting the cotton rug warp ready to go on the big loom. I’ll need to add a lot more heddles for 660 ends.

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


Primitive Breeds and a closeup of Finnish Landrace “Finn” sheep. The picture is of Elvis (left) and Aaron (on the right). They were some ram lambs born here on the farm a couple of years ago. They are the picture you see in our Ravelry group. The primitive breeds include but not limited to Finn, Shetland, Icelandic sheep and others that we will be studying in the weeks ahead.

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

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)

Painting a cotton rug warp with cellulose fiber dyes.

I used Jacquard Procion MX Dyes and they have instructions here on their website on how to dye (Immersion Dyeing Cellulose Fibers). I painted my warp so my how to is a little different.

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Hot weather and high humidity – no knit weather (ack…did I actually say that?)
Blogs that don’t cooperate with formatting and auto saves….rrrgg

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

We’ll see….the painted warp still has to go on the loom before I know if I goofed or not.

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

“Carding” or “Combing”

A Guide to Processing Wool to Make Wool Roving – Washing wool, carding wool, and combing wool – free ebook at Spinning Daily.com

This is a FREE ebook. It does require for you to give your email in order to download…but they send good stuff like this, so how can you resist?

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Alden Amos Big Book of Hadspinning by Alden Amos
Illustrated by Stephanie Gaustad

I’ve done a review on a previous episode for this book but I keep coming back to it time and again. It is a great resource to have on your bookshelf. Today we talk about carding, combing and washing wool and there is information in this book on these subjects and more

 Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“In a ‘coon’s age” in America slang is the same as Britian’s “in a crow’s age”.

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

Troll dolls and where the originated. Height of popularity from 1963-65, many “comebacks” in the ’70’s, ’80’s, and 90’s. In 2003 the Troll dolls were named one of the top 100 toys of the century.

Am I a “Yooper” or a “Troll”? I explain why I’m a “Troll”.


Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

Groups for spinners interested in learning more about fibers, preparation, the technical side of spinning or a beginner….these groups are for you. (You need to be logged into Ravlery for the links below to work for you.)

A Spinner’s Study
Sheep/Fleece Study
Fiber Prep
Spin Tech
Beginning Spinners

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

John BatdorfWhat D’Ya Got – John Batdorf

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

Special announcements:

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

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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