Episode #37 – Upside Down


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Episode #37 – Upside Down

One of many batches of tomato sauce this year

One batch of tomato sauce

Life on the Farm– updates on the cast and crew

The lamb rams get moved from mama and sisters into the ram pen.
Tomato nightmares.

I think I’ve canned over 1,000 tomatoes this year. Every year I say I’m not going to plant as many tomato plants and every year somehow I end up with enough to feed an army.


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

 Dyeing – what’s in the pot

no dyeing going on right now


Grateful Thread II colorway by Yarn Hollow

Spinning “Grateful Thread II” colorway by Yarn Hollow. Working on the singles now and will chain ply this into sock yarn for daughter’s socks. The fiber is a 50/50 blend of Superwash Merino and Tencel fiber. It is VERY colorful….just what the daughter loves. I’m about halfway done with the singles so far.

Dark Matters colorway dyed by Yarn Hollow

Finished spinning “Dark Matters” colorway by Yarn Hollow into a chain plyed sock yarn for my toe up socks pictured in the Knitting section. This is a fiber blend that is known as “Panda” which features Superwash Merino, Bamboo and nylon blend, perfect for hard wearing socks.



My toe up socks using the pattern “David’s Toe Up Sock Cookbook” a free pattern on Ravelry. This picture was taken before I ripped it all out and started over. I now have the first sock completed and am now working on the leg of the second sock.


Rep weave rag rugs sitting on the big loom waiting for me.

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

We are currently studying the Northern European Short Tailed Family and this week we feature the Shetland breed.  An interview with Mike and Heather Ludlam is featured in the Off Topic Topics section of the podcast. They raise Shetlands on their farm Windswept Farms. The photo above is courtesy of their website, Windswept Farms.

Chart with the 11 colors and 30 patterns available in the Shetland Sheep breed.

North American Shetland Sheepbreeders Association – NASSA
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)

Checking gauge in the round if you are knitting in the round. Regular swatching is ok if you are doing “flat” knitting (back and forth as opposed to in the round).

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Computer viruses, especially those that kill your hard drive. Mine hard drive is toast so I had to set up another computer.

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

Reknitting half a sock, mostly due to gauge issues.
Smoke alarms going off must mean the peach cobbler is done.

Say What?

Tidbits and terms used in spinning, knitting, dyeing, weaving

checkered area is where the steek is cut

More about steeks can be found at See Euny Knit blog.
Photo of steeks is courtesy of Knit and Stitch blog.

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Shetland Breeds – ‘Little Animals…Very Full of Spirit’ Ancient, Endangerd & Adaptable
a compendium of essays by publisher Prosperity Press

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”.

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

Windswept Farms

Windswept Farms in Hopkins, MI – an interview with Mike and Heather Ludlam, DVM

Mike and Heather tell us about the Shetlands they raise on their farm, Windswept Farms.

Heather with her Shetlands at Windswept Farms

Heather is a practicing veternarian who also raises Shetland sheep on their farm. She is a rare breed herself, since most vets don’t know to much about sheep in their practices. Here’s a picture of Heather with her Shetland sheep on their farm.

Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

How to find patterns that are upside down, sideways, top down, bottom up….you name it.

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

Last Fair Deal

Last Fair Deal

Upside Down” by Last Fair Deal

Last Fair Deal is a folk group from Massachusetts creating a sound known as “New American Roots Music”.  You can visit their website and find out more about the group and their music, where they will be performing and how to purchase CDs by the group.

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

Special announcements:

Thank you Laurie from Colorado for your donation to the podcast. Please take some time to make a donation 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

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Copyright 2011 by Ba Ba Blacksheep

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I have a flock of sheep and am a fiberholic with a podcast, Ba Ba Blacksheep.
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