Episode #41 – Give the Gift



Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving

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.
Episode #41 – Give the Gift

Life on the Farm– updates on the cast and crew

Teddy, the smallest of the triplets is sick. Antibiotic treament is started but not enough improvement seen. I called the vet and switch antibiotics and do a worming (per the vet) the day before my surgery.

Dyeing – what’s in the pot


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 almost done with the singles. I’m healing enough to start spinning again. I want to chain ply (Navajo ply) these and it will take a lot longer to do the motions with my post surgery limitations. But I’m determined to get this done and on the needles soon.


Socks that I was working on are “resting” while I knit up a pair of socks for a very special friend. They are pink for “girl power” and I had intended to have them done for her by Christmas. The second sock is just past the ribbing, so there’s a ways to go to get them done.


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

Jacob Sheep

The origin of Jacob sheep is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 30:29-43.

Jacob Sheep Breeders Association
Jacob Sheep and Tay Sachs Disease
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)

Second chances. This is priceless gift that you can give someone. Unfortunately my father didn’t have that second chance he had thought he had. My dad passed away Dec 20, 2011, the day before my surgery.

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Time….don’t wait for someday, it may never come.

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

Appreciation of those we love or friends we care for. Remembering to say thank you to all of you that have supported me.

Say What?

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


Luke 2:8-20

  Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Twas the Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore

 Santa at the end was hubby, surprising me at the end of the reading of the poem.

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“Laying down with the lambs” in Isaiah 11:6-9.

“And the lion shall lie down with the lamb” from Nature’s Corner.


 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.

What I’m anticipating for my surgery.


Dad’s heart attack
My dad had a minor heart attack on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, a second heart attack that was massive on Dec. 17, and the third and final one actually ruptured his heart. My dad passed away December 20, 2011, about 8 PM. I learned of his passing just after recording this episode.  I miss my dad so much.
Dad’s obituary – Emory Lamar Manley “Larry”


Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

Ravelry Tips will continue on the next episode…stay tuned.

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

Give the Gift” by Jerry Garcia – Track #8 from the CD “Give the Gift”

Earlier songs also by Jerry Garcia
“Feliz Navidad”
– Track #13 from the CD “Give the Gift”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Track #5 from the CD “Give the Gift”

You can find more about Jerry Garcia using the link above or for his CD that features the Song to Spin and other Christmas songs in this episode click on the CD cover to the right.

Special announcements:

Please take time to make a donation to the podcast.  Your donations keep the showing coming and they are very much appreciated.

You can go to my website and on the front page on the right is the link for the Etsy shop for Finn roving.

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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