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Old 02-10-2008, 01:19 PM   #1
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Wool mamas, talk to me...

Ok here I was thinking about a switch from FB to BG when I took a read through the "I wish I'd known..." thread. And there's all that prefold/wool talk.

I've thought about wool before, because I love the totally natural fiber aspect. So I went to check them out again, and heck, they're spendy. That's what stopped me the first time around. I'm a DREADFUL knitter, really. So bad. So I can't even whip a few up myself.

So how many do you have/need? How complicated is caring for them? Do they really stay dry?

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Old 02-10-2008, 01:24 PM   #2
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Re: Wool mamas, talk to me...

OK - I've just found a pattern that even I could probably manage.

http://www.ottobredesign.com/en/prin...r_cover_en.pdf

So any knitters - please tell me which yarn you're using.

Thanks in advance
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:27 PM   #3
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You can get by with 4-6 covers. They are pretty easy as long as your DC doesn't have explosions on the covers all time. Can you sew?
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:07 PM   #4
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Re: Wool mamas, talk to me...

LOL. I'm an iffy sewer, but I'm more willing to try that than take on knitting.

And I really do like the look of the Luxe covers...

I'm all ears...
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:20 PM   #5
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Re: Wool mamas, talk to me...

Yes, they really stay dry when they are properly lanolized. I only wash them maybe every month or so, a couple a day so I am not completely without, though I do have enough pockets for while they are drying. I have 2 luxe (love the interlock), 6 longies I believe, 1 shorties, and 1 knit soaker and 1 skirty for dd, and it is really plenty for us, but I like a little bit of everything, pf's, fitteds, and pockets are all faves. They are not like PUL, where everything is just trapped, you can get some compression leaks, etc, but as long as it is lanolized, we don't have any problems. I change dd fairly frequently, she goes no more than 1-2 hours during the day.
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:46 PM   #6
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Re: Wool mamas, talk to me...

Recycled is very cheap and how we started. I had a couple of wool sweaters laying around and sewed them in no time...and I'm not a very good sewer.
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yes sewing the recycled is sooooo easy, I would say make sure you wash and felt your sweater before you start cutting, then it will hold a lot and be able to be washed in the machine!!! which makes it really easy to care for. Then if you like wool, I have gotten great deals on FSOT too. HTH
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Re: Wool mamas, talk to me...

Recycled is cheap, if you don't/can't sew them yourself, you can find cute pairs without spending a ton. Also, if you can crochet or want to learn, it's much easier than knitting IMO. All my DS's longies and shorties were crochetted by me.
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Re: Wool mamas, talk to me...

if you want to buy something...you might try loveybums wool crepe or wool interlock...they are about $24-26 each. that is a pretty good price compared with a lot of brands...although if you go the buying route, I recommend aristocrats for overnights!
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My Mom knits alot of mine and we're pretty thrifty. She buys mostly Patton's Merino wool from Joann's or Michael's or even Walmart. Its not as pretty as alot of the wool out there, but it works well, IMO. I love the ease of wool - I never have to tug pants over a diaper or wonder if the pants will fit. Its just two steps- diaper and pants, no diaper, then cover, then pants. It sometimes feels damp after a nap if he wets heavily (he takes a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon) so I often change him into fleece pants for anap or even *gasp* a sposie LOL but usually during the day the wool doesn't really get it. It might get a tiny bit damp but it dries reallly quickly w/ a dry diaper next to it. It doesn't feel wet on the outside.
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