Wednesday, March 28, 2007

 It's all about the dipes!

Somebody stop me because I can't stop knitting wool soakers. These are from a pattern by Little Turtle Knits, knit in Rowan Wool. I can't wait to lanolize them so they will be ready to use. I'm finishing up a second pair knit from a multi-color green yarn from the Rhinebeck, NY Sheep and Wool Festival. Next up -- wool soaker longies!


Blogger Austy's Mum said...

Looks great! It works a little better when you add leg cuffs though - that you can add just by picking up the stitches around the legs and doing an inch of rib. I have a pattern for one like it (size large though - to fit 12m+) on my blog if you want to see what I mean.

Longies are fantastic! Just finished my first pair and they are super cute on!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

What is lanolizing? Does it make the wool less likely to irritate the baby's skin? Thanks!

7:11 AM  
Blogger B said...

Don't stop! You'll be able to use them all! I love knitting wool soakers. To me they're like socks are for some people.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are soakers for exactly and why are so useful? And what is lanolizing?


11:54 AM  
Blogger Kelley said...

It looks great! Nothing like lovely breathable wool on sweet baby skin.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

wow! thanks for all the helpful tips! i'm planning on making more because they are so fun to make. i was wondering about the legs and whether adding rib would help. i will definitely try it, as well as check out the pattern. thanks!

from what i've learned, lanolizing helps to make the wool "waterproof" so that the wetness is kept in the cloth diaper and doesn't soak through the wool.

soakers are diaper covers for babies who are using cloth diapers.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Austy's Mum said...

Yep, that's what lanolising does AND more. Some people like to try the wool cover before lanolising because if they don't have a heavy wetter, they can sometimes get away with it. I tried on my boy though, but he just soaked right through 14 layers of hemp, the wool cover and into his grobag. I lanolise weekly now - you don't usually have to do it that often, but im his case we do. The lanolin neutralises the urine (turns it into salts) which then need to be washed off the wool after about a week or so of use and the wool needs relanolising. It's amazing how well it works when lanolised compared to pre-lanolising. And the SMELL! Almost non-existant, and after half an hour outside airing it is gone. So much nicer to wake up to than stinky plastic covers. I wish I had've used wool when my boy was a newborn, but I only discovered it recently. I will be making plenty to put aside for bub #2 though! It's so breathable, and after a week of wool at night instead of plastic my son's night time rash stopped occuring(from being in the wet nappy so long overnight - we don't wake him for a nappy change in the middle of the night). So much nicer, and it's NATURAL! Love those sheepies!

Some people also find it helps with heavy wetters that wet through a disposable overnight as the wool soaks up a fair bit if the nappy (diaper) doesn't and is more leakproof.

10:44 PM  

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