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Old 06-01-2006, 02:56 PM   #1
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Tell me al about wool? Wool virgin here....

Okay so my nb and small stash is complete and I need a new addiction. I have been so worried to even try wool but all these raves got me thinkin' that I can handle it. Tell me all about it.

What's the difference between soakers and covers? What wool is the softest for the best price (not looking to go into debt here)? What would you get for a NB girl? How do you clean it (step by step)? What do you ash it with and where do you buy wash from? What for does lnolin come in, which form is easiest to use and how do you use it? Where do you get your wool? What are some average prices? Plus anything else I may have forgot to ask?

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Old 06-01-2006, 04:20 PM   #2
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Re: Tell me al about wool? Wool virgin here....

- Congrats on finishing your NB stash - I have 4 lonely fitteds so far.

What's the difference between soakers and covers?
- A soaker is a pull-on cover, usually knit or crochet yarn. A cover is usually wool fabric and has snaps or aplix like other covers.

What wool is the softest for the best price (not looking to go into debt here)?
- I only have Merino and Peace Fleece, so someone else will have to speak to other yarns. Merino is soft, soft, soft, but pills easily. Peace Fleece isn't as soft so I wouldn't use it on a NB, but it's my fave for my busy toddler.

What would you get for a NB girl?
- ??? Like I said, I haven't really started my NB stash... I would think covers or shorts/pants would be easier to use than soakers, but I haven't used soakers much so maybe I'm wrong?

How do you clean it (step by step)? What do you ash it with and where do you buy wash from? What for does lnolin come in, which form is easiest to use and how do you use it?
- I wash with Eucalan, and lanolize with homemade "stuff". To wash and and lanolize, start by heating a cup of water to boiling and putting in a dollop of lanolin, like Lansinoh, and a drop of baby wash. Mix until the lanolin is melted and add to a sink of lukewarm water. Put in the wool and gently move around a little. Let it soak for 30 min or so, check to be sure it's clean (if there was poo or food on it) then drain the water. I do my wool in an ice cream bucket, so after dumping the water I put my wool back in the bucket and take it down to the washer for a spin. But you could wrap it in towels to get the extra water out too. Hang it up and let it air dry. Voila, all done!

Where do you get your wool?
- I haven't bought a lot of wool - a pair of shorts from Ebay - they're OK. My favorite pants are from Adventure Knits, Sarah's knitting rocks! The rest of our wool stash I've made from wool fabric or knit myself. (OK, I've only knit 1 pair of pants so far, but they count!)

What are some average prices? Plus anything else I may have forgot to ask?
- Prices will vary depending on where you go. I think Sarah is fairly average for pricing, but I can't think offhand what the prices are right now... She has them listed on her site.

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