Lily - I think I have to add learning to knit to my to do list. I love wool covers but at almost $50 a pop they're an investment. I just can't get over how cute they can be. I have to keep myself away from Etsy! :)
VV & Tizzy- I have the same strategy, keep it simple! After reading about all the stink issues, special detergents, etc you can run into w synthetics and fancy AIO's, I opted for cotton prefolds and my mom is making all of our covers to begin w. I'm hoping the system works well for us. She's making a few pockets to try too. We'll see what we like best. We're starting w 8 covers, 4 pockets & 24 GMD prefolds. I'm also making some cloth wipes and doublers. The covers are so dang cute! I'll have to post a pic to show off Grandma's hard work. :)
I have a detergent question. BTDT & FT mamas, what are you using w your colth dipes and PUL covers? I discovered my free&clear has brighteners, which is a bad thing. So I figured I'd see what everyone likes to use/works well. I'm thinking I should avoid detergents w enzymes and brighteners. I haven't prepped yet, so I figured I'd just avoid the possible issues and start clean. Do you use a "clean rinsing" detergent? Or just a basic mainstream detergent? What about a disinfectant (Borax, oxygen cleaner, bleach)? What about vineagar? Oy...they make it hard to keep it simple!