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Old 04-23-2006, 07:00 PM   #1
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Stinkin' wool!

Ok, I wanted to give wool another chance so I went to the craft store and got some Paton's Merino (100% Merino) yarn and the Dandelion Daydreamers pattern and made DJ some shorts last week. DH thinks I'm nuts but that's nothing new! After I finished them, I went to wash/lanolize them and as soon as they got wet, the whole house smelled like wet dog (wet sheep?) YUCK!! I tried washing with baby shampoo and rinsing a couple of times but still gross. I went ahead and soaked with a "wool buddy" thing that I had (lanolin soak) and let them dry. Once they dried, the smell was gone, and I didn't notice anything too bad when he was wearing them this weekend (although I'm not sure his diaper ever totally soaked through so they may not have actually gotten wet) but I went to wash them again this evening (yeah, I know, you don't *have* to, but he's a toddler and he's been wearing them for 2.5 days now so I felt the need!) and as soon as they got wet, they stunk again. Is this normal? Anything you can do? I thought maybe the baby shampoo would help but I haven't noticed an improvement yet.

On a happier note, I actually finished the shorts and I think they're just precious! I'm working on a pair of acrylic longies now. I know, not as great as wool, but I fell in love with this yarn! There is something rewarding about your child wearing something that you made. Every single imperfection seems to be just screaming at me but I'm so proud! I can't wait to get some pictures and post them. I couldn't seem to get the kid and the camera cooperating at the same time this weekend!

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Old 04-23-2006, 07:07 PM   #2
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I have never made anything with wool but as far as I know, it is normal for wool to stink when it is wet...
At least it goes away when it dries...
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Old 04-24-2006, 07:34 PM   #3
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Still didn't get a pic of the shorts on the boy, but here's one. It doesn't really do them justice because the lighting was wierd so you can't see the colors well but I'm pretty proud of myself. And this was my first attempt, the longies I'm working on now are coming along much quicker and looking better already.

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Re: Stinkin' wool!

cute!! good job mama! my wool always stinks when its wet, but it goes away as it dries
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Old 04-24-2006, 07:37 PM   #5
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OT, man do I envy you for being able to make them yourself!!! I love those shorties!!! (How much would you charge? LOL)
As to the smell, I think unfortunately that's how it goes w/wool.. I myself had a gaging reflex for the first time I washed and lanolized my soakers as I'm very sensitive to smell..
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Not all wool is that bad. And scented wool wash helps! The scent doesnt usually last after it dries, but it makes the washing experience much more pleasant!

Also, the little bit of wetness from a soaked dipe won't produce the same barnyard stench that saturated wool will
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:08 PM   #7
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If you've ever crocheted at all (or even if you'd like to learn) I'd highly recommend the Dandelion Dreamers pattern because it is really straightforward. You can get away with doing the whole thing with nothing but one stitch - single crochet. Once you get that down, you can add short rows in the back to make the seat a little roomier, add the optional crotch gusset (that was the hardest part for me on the first pair...this second pair I had no problems with it!), add ribbing around the waist and ribbing or "lacy" edgings around the legs. This pattern really can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be!

By the time I finish the couple of pairs I've got planned for my two guys and I want to make a girly pair as a gift for a friend, who knows, I might be willing to talk! If I'm going to get hooked on wool, I guess I am pretty lucky to be able to do it myself because that can get to be an expensive addiction!
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I'm LOL!!! When I started cding a few weeks ago, I asked a similiar question. I washed my organic wool soaker and wool wraps for the first time and I was sure someone chemically treated this wool it was sooooooo strong! But, no-it's natural! As I use them and wash them the smell gets less. Occassionally I notice a hint when my dd has really soaked her dipe, but not usually. I absolutely Love my wool!

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Wow, I didnt know that its normal for wool to smell when it's wet. I've never had that problem at all when washing my wool, but then again I've never made anything myself with wool and been the first one to wash and lanolize it. Always bought from others who made it and washed and lanolize it for me before sending it. Ya learn something new everyday.
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Re: Stinkin' wool!

maybe this is one of those smells that some people are more sensitive to than others as well. i definitely notice the "wet sheep" smell when i wash my wool but i would definitely only call it a smell not elevated to the level of STINK. i def. think wet dog smells much worse.

great job on the shorts btw mama....i think we might have chatted about the DD pattern on the other board. i totally agree with your assessment - a great starter pattern with a lot of room to grow your skills.

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