Episode #39 – Double Knit and Double Dip

Welcome

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.

Introduction

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 #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.

Spinning

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.

Knitting

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.

Weaving

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:

Please take time to make a donation to the podcast.  Thank you to Sarah “Sally” from OH, Zaida from NY, Lorrie from CA, Terry from CT, Martha from NJ and Nancy from CA for your donations, it saved the show!

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
Greensleeves

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

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Episode #38 – Sunshine and Rain

Welcome

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.

Introduction

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

Spinning

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.  

Knitting

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.

Weaving

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:

Please take time to make a donation to the podcast. I can’t go on without your generous support. I’m broke, so if donations don’t come rolling in, I’ll have to pull the plug on the podcast.

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
Greensleeves

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

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Episode #37 – Upside Down

Welcome

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.

Introduction

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 #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

Spinning

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.

 

Knitting

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.

Weaving

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

“Steeks”
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
Greensleeves

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

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Episode #36 – Pieces

Welcome

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.

Introduction

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.

NEW FEATURE – Bowpeep has her own website for the podcast to keep it all together. No more searching for the pieces to the Ba Ba Blacksheep podcast. It’s all here! Let me know how you like it.

Life on the Farm– updates on the cast and crew

Another chicken dies of old age. A chicken’s life span is only a few years, so it wasn’t unexpected. We’ve had her and the group of original chickens for three or four years. The garden is really producing and I’ve been making pickle relish, putting up tomatoes and freezing corn and other veggies. Busy time of year on the farm right now.

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

Dyeing – what’s in the pot

Nothing right now in the dyeing department.

Panda - Dark Matter colorway

Panda - Dark Matter colorway

Spinning

Spumoni is actually finished now and Panda is on the wheel. It’s a Merino Superwash, bamboo and nylon blend, perfect for socks. It’s the colorway “Dark Matter” from Yarn Hollow.

Knitting

Hubby’s socks, almost finished now, just one more toe.

Weaving

ripsmatta rugs started

ripsmatta rugs started

Started the weaving on my Ripsmatta rugs. Some rough starts, but I’m getting under way, despite the hiccups. You’ll hear all about the hiccups in “Greensleeves”. I’m a little further than this pictures shows, but not by much. I’ve been so busy with family and garden I haven’t had as much time for fiber crafts.  Plenty of time for all of that when winter comes….oh, I don’t want to think about that yet.

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

 

Gotland
Gotland
Gute sheep

Gute sheep

Gotland revisited and Gute sheep introduced.

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook
University of Oklahoma – Sheep Directory – Gute & Gotland

 

Fodder – Tips, Tricks and Techniques I’ve learned along the way (if you have suggestions, send them in…more on that later)

locks of Tara fleece 2011

locks of Tara fleece 2011

Locks or pieces of a fleece each look different upon closer inspection. The lock on the right is from Tara’s neck wool, the lock in the middle is from her shoulder area and the left hand lock is from the hindquarters (hip area).  If you look you can see the different crimp styles and understand how different the same fleece can be.

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Bad lighting can make a project more difficult, if not impossible, to do. Try to find lightbulbs that are “full spectrum” or “daylight” bulbs to get a truer light. Nothing is as good as natural sunlight to see the definition on darker yarns or when threading a loom.

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

The tangles and hiccups of getting the ripsmatta rugs on the loom. There’s always something to fix when warping or threading a loom. At least for me there is. I still classify myself as a beginning weaver.

 

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

Lease sticks hold the cross

Lease sticks hold the cross

“Lease sticks” – these sticks hold the cross while warping and threading the loom. They are, in my opinion, the best tools a weaver can have.

More information about using lease sticks on Weavezine.

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

 Simply Beautiful Sweaters for Men by Linden Phelps and Beryl Hiatt

A pattern book full of nice sweaters that men would wear. Hubby like several in the book but decided on a vest pattern. His comment was it should be easy since it doesn’t have sleeves. True, and faster, especially on size US #15 needles in chunky yarn.

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts”.

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

All the pieces of life, planning a trip to a fiber festival, parts of my loom and getting to know them better, our spinning group comprised of individual members. Looking at the whole but seeing the sum of the parts and appreciating them too.

Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

Adding photos in Ravelry. New, Ravelry extras to make adding photos so much easier. Check out the main page on Ravelry for more information and videos on using these new features.

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

“Little Pieces” by Uncle Seth

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

Special announcements:

Bowpeep has her own website now that has links to everything in regards to the podcast and more! Check out the new website and let me know if you like it!

Greatful Thread II

Greatful Thread II

Sneak peek at one of my fiber festival purchases, Greatful Thread II from Yarn Hollow.

Thank you Karen from California for your 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
Greensleeves

You can find more about Wren Ross at her blog

NEW FEATURE – Bowpeep has her own website for the podcast to keep it all together. No more searching for the pieces to the Ba Ba Blacksheep podcast. It’s all here! Let me know how you like it.

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

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Episode #35 – I’m a Troll

Welcome

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.

Introduction

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

Spinning

“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.

Knitting

Hubby’s socks, now WITH a heel flap.

Weaving

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

ELVIS AND AARON

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
Greensleeves

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

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Episode #34 – Rainbow Bridge

Welcome

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.

Introduction

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

The new freezer.
Sweet pickle relish – OMG good!
The bottle babies in action. Today’s video features Rex, better known as “milk face

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

Natural Dyeing – what’s in the pot

Marigold dyeing….more gold

Spinning

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.

Knitting

Hubby’s socks, now WITH a heel flap.

Weaving

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

Recap of the fine wool breeds and introduction to the North European Short-Tailed family.

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook
University of Oklahoma – Sheep Directory
Nebraska Sheep Directory
In Sheep’s Clothing, A Handspinner’s Guide to Wool

FodderTips, Tricks and Techniques I’ve learned along the way (if you have suggestions, send them in…more on that later)

Stages of Grief

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Negative energy.

Interesting study on Knitting Therapy that you might like to read.

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

More gold?
How NOT to make a heel flap on a sock

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

Ripsmatta” or “Rep Weave”

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece – Gail Callahan

I suggested this book for my girlfriend when we were visiting a recent fiber fair. She was interested in dyeing and the different techniques, how to determine combinations of colors. This book was perfect for her. This book gets you started having fun dyeing your yarn or fiber.

The Rainbow Beneath My Feet – Arleen Rainis Bessette & Alan E. Bessette

Ever think of dyeing with mushrooms or lichens? Well, this is a perfect book to find the right mushrooms for the color that you want. What mushrooms can you find in the woods in your part of the world?

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“Rainbow Bridge”

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….  Author unknown…

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

Protein and Cellulose Fiber dyed by Rivers Edge Fiber Arts

Protein vs. Cellulose fibers and the proper dye methods for each. An example of this type of dyeing is a beautiful feature of the fibers from River’s Edge Fiber Arts. You can see in the picture the ribbons of undyed cellulose fibers while all the protein fibers are dyed in beautiful colors. I’m thinking of using this to go with some Hamburg BFL/Silk. More details later, when I figure it out.

Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

Who’s online – small world.

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

The Rainbow Bridge, Maria Daines

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

Special announcements:

Congratulations to Jasmine from the Knitmore Girls on your new baby due Feb. 2012.

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

Export Tour in Milwaukee, WI on Aug. 3, 2011 “US Dept. of Agriculture – New Markets, New Jobs for more information contact PUT CONTACT LINKS HERE

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
Greensleeves

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

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Episode #33 – Just Peachy

Welcome

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.

Introduction

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

The bottle babies in action. Today’s video features Molly, the most effecient bottle baby…she’s like a machine. Watch that tail.

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

Natural Dyeing – what’s in the pot

nothing new yet but I’m preparing for next dye day

Spinning

The Tour de Fleece is wrapping up for this year. Due to a sprained wrist I was considerably slowed down at the end. I did get several lovely skeins done and I’m just about done blending “honey” on the drum carder.

On the left in the picture is the original peaches or honey? version. On the right I found some light brown alpaca to tone down the color a bit and I think it’s closer to honey not as peachy.

Knitting

Nope, still on the injured reserve list for now.

Weaving

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

Falkland – it’s not a specific breed but rather where the sheep come from, the Falkland Islands.

Falkland Government information about sheep farming on the Falkland Islands

University of Oklahoma – Sheep Directory
Nebraska Sheep Directory
In Sheep’s Clothing, A Handspinner’s Guide to Wool

FodderTips, Tricks and Techniques I’ve learned along the way (if you have suggestions, send them in…more on that later)

How to split your fiber depends on what effect you want the yarn to have. Thinking about the end project is helpful too.

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Biting flies. Poor Belle, her nose is really sore.

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

over twisted singles and what to do about it

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

“Kakishibu – Japanese method of a natural dyeing technique using the sunlight to set the colors”

More information available on the Colorways – EMag from Interweave Press

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook Lynne Vogel

My first dyeing book. Yes, this is the book that started it all. Lots of information about dyeing, starting with KoolAid dyeing. This book covers the information you need to get started with acid dyes for protein fibers. There is lots of great information about mixing your colors from the primary colors to get the color that you want.

Barnyard Banter– slang expressions that originated on the farm

“Two shakes of a lamb’s tail”

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

Summer projects – what do you do when it’s to hot to knit?

Ravelry Tips– ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

How to find patterns made from cotton, or other specific fibers.

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

Peaches in the SummertimeIona Leigh

Special music earlier in the show – Heat Risin from the 109 – Jennifer Haase (I mispronounced her last name, Haase is her last name and it rhymes with classy)

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

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
Greensleeves

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

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