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Old 04-22-2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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Need SOFT wool for my soaker???
Hi my name is Christa and I have been knitting for about 3 years now and LOVE it!! I am expecting our 3rd baby in August and really want to get a headstart on making a diaper soaker for her. My question is where is the best place to get wool for the soaker? I want the softest wool you can get since she will be wearing it a lot. I don't mind purchasing from an online store if that is where you have found the best wool. Thanks so much!!!
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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Try a merino heavy sock wool. It'll be washable, it'll be soft, it'll wear well.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:03 PM   #3
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Do you have a specific pattern you use? What weight yarn do you need for it?
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:29 PM   #4
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The pattern calls for Worsted Weight at least 75% wool...I used Merino's wool from JoAnn's before and my soaker felted a lot around the crotch and wasn't soft at all...even kind of itchy=(...My sister in law made me a pair of longies and they have worn great not sure if they are 100% wool but they do the job...just don't know where she got it=(
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That info should help. One thing to note.. non superwash wool felts. That's the nature of the beast so some felting is to be expected I would think in areas where the baby moves a lot especially as they get older. It's true though that some yarns felt more quickly than others. I have heard that superwash wool is not good for soakers though.

I am very sensitive to wool so I don't have a lot of experience. What some people find soft I still find itchy. Here are some that are the least itchy for me so would probably be considered soft for most people.

Malabrigo
Berroco Ultra Alpaca (the fuzzies in alpaca can be itchy for some people)
100purewool.com

I also found this link comparing soaker yarns
http://www.bluegoosedesigns.net/pages/allaboutwool.php
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:19 AM   #6
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I made one which had alpaca- very soft...but...I don't recommend if you are having a boy as somehow the fibers can get into the diaper and wrap around things! and well it can shed onto a damp bum! not sure if this was because it wasn't 100% alpaca but something to consider. I was just thinking what about a hemp or bamboo yarn? I am trying to knit soakers too so let me know how it goes if you do find something that works!
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