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Old 10-28-2007, 09:00 PM   #1
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soakers and longies
all of a sudden i have two friends who are pregnant, so i will probably need to know at some point - what are soakers and longies?

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Old 10-28-2007, 09:44 PM   #2
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Im pretty sure the soakers are used over the diaper cothes, like underwear and the longies are the wool pants...
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I thought soakers were the wool (probably felted, now that I have a bit more fiber knowledge) substitutes for the old "rubber pants." They're supposed to be pretty waterproof, from what I understand.

But I used either rubber pants or disposable diapers for mine, so I could be off.
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Soakers are waterproofed woollen knitted pants that go over a modern cloth diaper such as the modern cloth diapers shown here for example:

http://www.babybeehinds.com.au/shop/products.php?cat=5

(or even an old fashioned white square diaper if you prefer,). When you have finished knitting them you lanolise them yourself. You can get lanolin from the pharmacy, it comes in a tube and is only a few dollars. Once you have finished the soaker, turn it inside out, take a pea-sized piece of lanolin and swish it around to dissolve it in water, and then soak the soaker in there.

Make sure you use 100% wool (or close to it).

My favourite pattern is the Alice Soaker. I find it really easy to follow and it knits up really quickly, but there are loads of patterns to choose from. These ones aren't felted, they don't really need to be felted, but some are:

http://grapevine.net.au/~bluegum/freesoaker.html

And longies are long pants that do the same job.

Good luck, its so much fun!
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