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Old 12-20-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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Talking wool lovers please read this thread!

im a wool virgin!!
and i have some requests for pictures

i was just given a pair of upcycled wool longies. i like them on DS. he hasn't even wet in a fitted or PF for me to even need to wash them yet or anything.

i may get some sort of wool addiction..BUT! i have many questions, and wonder if someone would oblige me here(or email me pics) of the following:


a "skein" of wool and then what happens next(knitted into something with needles? is more natural wools "twisted" somehow first?)
the difference between merino wool, worsted, thick(some other word belongs there i think)

and any finished products you wanna share to show me how the ball of yarn becomes clothing/longies/etc


please excuse my wool-virgin language....i don't know much about wool at all!!

even a pic of lanolizing or washing wool would be great!


or yarn being dyed!!

any pics/description helpful and MUCH appreciated

i like to understand what im putting on my DSs bum!

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Old 12-20-2010, 07:06 PM   #2
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a "skein" of wool and then what happens next(knitted into something with needles? is more natural wools "twisted" somehow first?)
the difference between merino wool, worsted, thick(some other word belongs there i think)

and any finished products you wanna share to show me how the ball of yarn becomes clothing/longies/etc
when it's yarn yes it's knitted or crocheted into something... knitting uses needles crocheting uses a hook...

Merino is a type of wool... worsted is a thickness, it will determine the thickness of you end product and how big the needles you use are... worsted weight is the average weight of yarn in general, not just wool... here is a site that has what all the weights (thickness) are

I've made sllep sacks for my nb son...

this is done... just don't have a pic of it done...


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Re: wool lovers please read this thread!

a "skein" of wool and then what happens next(knitted into something with needles? is more natural wools "twisted" somehow first?)

As the pp said, the yarn can be knit with needles or crocheted with a hook. Here's an upclose example of different types of wool... the left is crochet, the top middle is knit, the right is recycled wool, and the bottom is interlock.


I'm not sure what you mean by "twisted", but you can buy handspun yarn. That starts as a fiber, and is spun by spinning wheel or hand into yarn. Here's an example of skeins of handspun yarn (spun by Amber Beck Fiber Arts), and it knit up (by Sunshine Wool Works).





the difference between merino wool, worsted, thick(some other word belongs there i think)

There are different types (bases) and thicknesses of wool. Merino is a soft wool; and both worsted and thick/bulky are thicknesses. Worsted is probably the most common. The handspun yarn above is a worsted merino yarn.


I'll do a separate post with instructions to lanolize
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Re: wool lovers please read this thread!

Here's how I lanolize my woolies... it's by no means the only, or the best way, but it's how I do it. And I just so happen to have some pictures I took a while back for this type of occasion

The first time I lanolize, I'll use both liquid lanolin and wool wash. For washes after, I'll just use the wool wash. In fact, CJ's that I'm using here, has lots of lanolin, so you may not need both.


**Note: You can also use baby wash in place of wool wash and lansinoh instead of the liquid lanolin. If you use baby wash, make sure to use a separate lanolin for each wash.**


You'll want to make sure the lanolin is melted so it'll mix better. Put a pea sized amount in a small cup, and microwave for a few seconds. If you're using liquid lanolin, like I am, you won't need much time.



Fill your sink with tepid/warm water, and add the wool wash and/or lanolin.



Add your woolies, in this case, a pair of crocheted shorties. I'll turn mine inside out



Immerse them in the water to make sure they absorb plenty of your wool wash solution. You may want to give them a squeeze to help them along.



If necessary, add your other woolies, and repeat.



I'll usually let mine sit for about a half hour to an hour.

Once they're done, take them out and lay them flat on a towel.



Roll them up in the towel and squeeze out excess water.



And lastly, lay them flat to dry
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Re: wool lovers please read this thread!

I have a post on my blog (very little, as in I am my only follower) but it shows washing ect.

http://crunchycousins.blogspot.com/2...mb-review.html

I don't knit but I love wool.
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I don't knit either, I'm a recycler.
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Re: wool lovers please read this thread!

I am also newly falling in love with wool and am glad to see all this great information!!
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Here's how I lanolize my woolies... it's by no means the only, or the best way, but it's how I do it. And I just so happen to have some pictures I took a while back for this type of occasion

The first time I lanolize, I'll use both liquid lanolin and wool wash. For washes after, I'll just use the wool wash. In fact, CJ's that I'm using here, has lots of lanolin, so you may not need both.


**Note: You can also use baby wash in place of wool wash and lansinoh instead of the liquid lanolin. If you use baby wash, make sure to use a separate lanolin for each wash.**


You'll want to make sure the lanolin is melted so it'll mix better. Put a pea sized amount in a small cup, and microwave for a few seconds. If you're using liquid lanolin, like I am, you won't need much time.



Fill your sink with tepid/warm water, and add the wool wash and/or lanolin.



Add your woolies, in this case, a pair of crocheted shorties. I'll turn mine inside out



Immerse them in the water to make sure they absorb plenty of your wool wash solution. You may want to give them a squeeze to help them along.



If necessary, add your other woolies, and repeat.



I'll usually let mine sit for about a half hour to an hour.

Once they're done, take them out and lay them flat on a towel.



Roll them up in the towel and squeeze out excess water.



And lastly, lay them flat to dry
Thanks for this visuals are SO helpful!
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Re: wool lovers please read this thread!

This post on here helped me understand more wool terms:
http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...d.php?t=129834

Here is the link for the way that I learned to lanolize:
http://www.diaperpin.com/clothdiaper...nolizewool.asp
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Here's an example of crochet woolies.


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