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Old 05-26-2013, 08:01 AM   #1
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I have never had wool covers. I want to knit shorties to use as a diaper cover! I have the yarn, discobaby knits Licorice Twist, I've wound it into center pull balls. I have the Bubble Bum Baby Bloomers pattern printed! I know I can follow the pattern, why am I so nervous about just doing this?!

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Old 05-26-2013, 08:49 AM   #2
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Just do it. The nice thing about knitting is, if you mess up, you can always undo and start over like nothing happened.
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I am not a fan of licorice twist for a diaper cover (at least not knitted, I find it too thin) but it may work out okay. I know several people that have no problem with it. It's really not that bad to knit. Once you get the first few projects done it becomes much easier. Knittinghelp.com is great. They have tutorial vids for different stitches and increases/decreases, fixing mistakes & lots of other things. And if you get stuck you can always post here asking for help


I will say I was proficient at hats and scarves and blankets but my first pair of shorties (which we still have) were a MESS! I'm sure you will do much better than I did.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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When I was winding it up, I wondered if it may be too thin!
I have knit several items since beginning to teach myself a year ago. I'm just new to wool! A friend has introduced me to good wool!

I ordered some BFL from MM, it won't be here for a while.
I also have some undyed worsted weight merino here for when I get brave enough to dye it for use! My 16 y/o DD has made hints that she would like something made from that! LOL!
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You can always let her dye it if she wants to. My boys love it when I give them bottles of dye and a skein of yarn. I put them outside on the patio and let them go. Lol. I started last year when they were 3 and 1 and they are always so exited when I knit it into hats for them. They are always so proud that they dyed their own yarn (even though the 1 year olds was pretty much brown from all the colors mixing).
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My kids LOVE to dye yarn. They dyed 2 last year and one so far this year.

All with koolaid.





And this one they did from their leftover Easter egg dye (also koolaid with a little food coloring in the pink and green).



I wash the yarn (baby wash and room temp water) then I soak in in room temp water and vinegar, gently squeeze the water out then wrap it in a towel to get more water out but you don't want it dry, just damp really. I put plastic wrap down on the back porch, put the yarn on top & give them wiltons squeezy bottles with their koolaid/water/vinegar mixture. Once they are done I use paper towels to soak up most of the extra liquid then roll the yarn up in the plastic wrap so it is all covered in the plastic (like a roll of tp shape almost). I put it in a micro safe bowl and put it in the micro for 2 minutes, then pull it out and use tongues to turn it over, then 2 more minutes, then turn it over, then 2 more minutes then I use the tongues to pull off the plastic (the yarn will be hot) and let it cool. When it's cool enough to put it in water (same temp as yarn so I don't felt it) and let it soak for a little bit then gently squish out the water, roll it up in a towel and squeeze out the extra water so it doesn't take so long to dry (there should be no color transfer onto the towel). Let it completely dry then you can hank it or roll it in a ball to knit from or whatever. Hope that makes sense. There is a great tutorial in craft chat about how to dye that mrsallary made.
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Great idea!

Sounds like fun!
And beautiful results!
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I got it started! I used a new to me, cast on method, I kept skipping ahead on my initial K2, P2 ribbing, so I started a few times!
The waistband is almost done! Now to decide if I will make a skirty or just shorties!

Oh, and now while I knit, I am daydreaming of my kids dying their own yarn!!
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I got it started! I used a new to me, cast on method, I kept skipping ahead on my initial K2, P2 ribbing, so I started a few times!
The waistband is almost done! Now to decide if I will make a skirty or just shorties!

Oh, and now while I knit, I am daydreaming of my kids dying their own yarn!!
Good job! I am just now teaching myself to knit (via knittinghelp on youtube ). I bought some cheap acrylic to just mess around with, and then some cheap acrylic/wool mix for a sweater for my DD. I started it last night, and got two rows done. I can't wait for it to look like something!
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I finished all of the increases, only to realize that the hips were going to be wide enough to fit my almost six year old!
I managed to frog back(I think that's the correct term), then had to make dinner. Now the younger kids need to bathe.
I'll get back to it soon!
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