Episode #38 – Sunshine and Rain


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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.
Episode #38 – Sunshine and Rain

Life on the Farm– updates on the cast and crew

Chris has a cough, Harry kicks me in the face and the barns get mucked.

 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.

Started spinning some 100% raw alpaca from a local farm. Plan on finishing it and doing a chain ply. I’ve decided to comb out the flakes of feed and wash the rest to blend with some of my Finn that I naturally dyed with black walnuts.  


Pulled out a pair of socks that are partially finished, one sock is done and ready to start the heel flap on the second sock.

Baby sweater in a kimono style with embroidery for flowers along the front edge. Pictures later, I promise.


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 Manx Loaghtan.  

Manx Loaghtan rams

Manx Loaghtan rams

Isle of Man
Isle of Man

Manx Loaghtan Breeders Assoc.
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)

Baby sweaters are a good project to practice techniques.

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Hitting brick walls and picking stuff out of fleeces while spinning.

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

Not combing and washing before spinning.

Say What?

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

 Selvages – 3 different kinds, slip stitch, garter stitch with stockinette, double seed stitch

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

Don't count your chickens before they hatch

Don't count your chickens before they hatch

“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”.

Who said it first? Aesop’s Fables or first time in print in 1570 written by Thomas Howell? We’ll discuss this popular phrase and see when it started.

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.

Finding a job.
Fleece reservations for Finn fleece and finn roving for sale – better act fast they are going quick!  You can go to my website and on the front page on the right are the links for both the fleece and the Etsy shop for the roving.


Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

How to find events, classes and knit nights near you.

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

Corey Smith

Corey Smith

 “Arc of a Rainbow” by Corey Smith

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

Special announcements:

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Thank you for listening, see you next time….maybe.

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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