Episode #39 – Double Knit and Double Dip


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Episode #39 – Double Knit and Double Dip

Life on the Farm– updates on the cast and crew

My car went into the shop. I was bit on the butt by an Assassin bug, nasty bite. Harry snorts and smells, he’s a buck with lots of testosterone.

Dyeing – what’s in the pot

Dye day with the girls.


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. 

Still working on all of the above.


Started the Bubbles Scarf by Lucy Neatby. It only took me two hours to cast on and knit the first row…and then I ripped it out and started over.

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. This project is feeling neglected.

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 Icelandic Sheep.  

Icelandic sheep

Icelandic sheep (photo from isbona.com)

Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America
More about Leadersheep

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)

Keep on, keeping on – don’t be afraid to rip out and start over.

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Patterns that recommend scratchy yarn, especially scarf patterns on the sensitive neck area.

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

Ripppppppppppppppppp…out and started over on the Bubbles Scarf.

Say What?

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

Double Knitting
Double Knitting (photo courtesy of pieknits.com blog)

Double knitting and DK weight yarn. Photo courtesy of Pieknits.com blog.

Cast on for double knitting (I)
Cast on for double knitting (II)
by Christinacreating.

Explains Double knitting video by Jeanne at Jimmy Beans Wool.

 Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

“Dyeing in the Kitchen” – DVD by Deb Menz
produced by Interweave Press

You can purchase this as a download it here or purchase the DVD to be shipped to you.

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“Dyed in the wool”.

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.

Dye day with the girls and dyeing techniques.

Don’t Forget – 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 groups related to dyeing and getting started if you are just learning to dye. Be sure to be logged into Ravelry to access these links.

Love to Dye
Colour By Hand

Dying to Learn to Dye! Restaurant

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

Susan Picking

Susan Picking

Keep On, Keeping On” by Susan Picking

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

Special announcements:

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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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