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post #61 of 116
I am still working on my Norwegian socks and due to my personality I cannot move on to baby stuff until the socks are finished! I have about 1/8 of the 2nd sock done so my goal is to finish by next Sunday and then move on to soakers! April with be my baby knitting month. I have to keep reminding myself that once this baby is here knitting will not be happening much so I am working on getting ALL my crafty projects out of the way before then.
post #62 of 116
I finished my first soaker and I was so proud of it. I started on a second one right away. I cannot descibe the peaceful feeling I had while knitting for baby. Then during a playgroup yesterday a woman picked up my finished soaker and said "this is really rough; I would never put this on a baby." I felt all my peace turn to anger and sadness in that moment. I tried to explain that it was a diaper cover so it wouldn't touch much of the baby's skin and needed to be 100% wool so I could waterproof it but she just kept saying she would never put it on a baby. Now I cant touch any baby knitting. I just want to throw the soaker away.
post #63 of 116
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Originally Posted by talldarkeyes View Post

I finished my first soaker and I was so proud of it. I started on a second one right away. I cannot descibe the peaceful feeling I had while knitting for baby. Then during a playgroup yesterday a woman picked up my finished soaker and said "this is really rough; I would never put this on a baby." I felt all my peace turn to anger and sadness in that moment. I tried to explain that it was a diaper cover so it wouldn't touch much of the baby's skin and needed to be 100% wool so I could waterproof it but she just kept saying she would never put it on a baby. Now I cant touch any baby knitting. I just want to throw the soaker away.

Nah. Don't throw it away, make her a nice hat of the same wool. My mother does the same thing, she actually said the other day how glad she is that she's not MY child because I am putting my baby is 'all that awful wool' and then she shuddered like it was the most disgusting thing on the planet.
Since its my mom, who has no filters, I said cheerfully, it's a good thing you're not my kid then isn't it? And continued to show her the pants I made.
Clearly that lady has no filters either, too bad I wasn't there to spout off something smart a** about better a soaker than a chemical toxic, precious resource wasting, never gonna rot in the ground, still going to be there in a few centuries disposable diaper. And smile politely. smile.gif
I'd love to see a picture of your soaker... It's made with love and joy, be proud of your accomplishment even if someone with no filters voices their opinion in a rude way. Wish I could give you a hug and a great big skein of wool.
post #64 of 116
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Originally Posted by talldarkeyes View Post

I finished my first soaker and I was so proud of it. I started on a second one right away. I cannot descibe the peaceful feeling I had while knitting for baby. Then during a playgroup yesterday a woman picked up my finished soaker and said "this is really rough; I would never put this on a baby." I felt all my peace turn to anger and sadness in that moment. I tried to explain that it was a diaper cover so it wouldn't touch much of the baby's skin and needed to be 100% wool so I could waterproof it but she just kept saying she would never put it on a baby. Now I cant touch any baby knitting. I just want to throw the soaker away.

Don't let the bastards grind you down. She sounds like an asshole who is just jealous she can't make something like that for her kids

post #65 of 116
Thank you, ladies! I am so sensitive while pregnant and I held off knitting anything for baby because, as a multiple loss mama, I still struggle with the terrible fears of "why bother?" So now, when I finally think I am getting over that someone tells me that I really shouldn't have bothered anyway because what I could make was not good enough. Teaching myself how to knit is what got me through my missed miscarriage in 2010; feeling like I could create something beautiful and useful out of string and persistence was so healing for me. Anyway, I need to find a way to let this go and get excited about knitting again. Maybe I will step away from the soakers for a bit and do a sun hat instead?

I just got that book "what to knit when you are expecting" and I was a little bit disappointed after I looked through it the first time. Isn't that always the case? I am going to check it out again and try a project before I write it off.
post #66 of 116
Aw, that's terrible talldarkeyes. I totally get it because I am sensitive in that way too.

However, this woman is irrelevant to your baby. You and your work and intentions are what matters.

I think it's so awesome that you knew what was needed and that you are working hard to do it and having fun and bonding with your baby in the process. Keep it up!
post #67 of 116
My diapers arrived!! I ordered green mountain diapers-Birdseye flats for newborn and small size baby. (I have prefolds for the bigger sizes.) And the wool covers are all made but need to be lanolized...I'm doing that and pre-washing the flats all day today.

So that means I'm ready for diapering a newborns bottom! I'm so excited!!

(Now, to just get to replacing all that elastic on all those other diapers- bleck)
post #68 of 116
Just out of curiosity, what is the perk of flats over prefolds? I was just reading the GMD site and I don't get it. Well, price obviously, but the prefolds already seemed pretty affordable.

I can't wait to get my diapers, but we are waiting to set storage up first greensad.gifgreensad.gif
post #69 of 116
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post

Just out of curiosity, what is the perk of flats over prefolds? I was just reading the GMD site and I don't get it. Well, price obviously, but the prefolds already seemed pretty affordable.

I can't wait to get my diapers, but we are waiting to set storage up first greensad.gifgreensad.gif

For me it's space, washing time and versatility, 30 prefolds take up a ton of space (we have to custom build shelves for this baby's clothes and diapers...somewhere yet to be determined) and take longer to dry AND I had to periodically boil them last time around because of buildup issues- plus I'll be doing five people's laundry now and the faster these things dry the better. Especially in the sun.
Also, I really didn't want to buy two more sets of prefolds- newborn and smalls- when I could get one size flat for the whole shebang.
That little tutorial online for the origami folding technique was pretty neat too- looked like it could work for a wide range of baby shapes.

I got some pins too. I like pinning diapers:)
post #70 of 116
Tell me how you boil to remove buildup wrenmoon? I got calgon to help with that but I cannot tell if it is even working. While I stripped my microfiber dipes I really want to boil them since they still feel "crunchy"
post #71 of 116
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Tell me how you boil to remove buildup wrenmoon? I got calgon to help with that but I cannot tell if it is even working. While I stripped my microfiber dipes I really want to boil them since they still feel "crunchy"

I pulled out my stock pots and long wooden spoons and boiled em on the stove until I started to see the scum come out of them into the water (watch out for bubbling splashing up) and then I washed them with little or no laundry detergent on hot with an extra rinse.

Our problem was soap and bacteria buildup- once I added borax to my wash it solved the bacteria and I used less soap to compensate for the buildup and then just boiled them twice a year or so. I might not have had to boil at all once I started using borax (?) I boiled both prefolds and microfiber inserts for fuzzi buns and bum genius. The inserts were the worst for smell, but the prefolds smelled pretty bad too.

I can't believe I'm going back to diapers. Somehow I had pushed that to the edges of my memory when thoughts of another baby jumped around.

Also: I lanolized all my diaper covers and longies yesterday. Oh man, they are so cute. The smell of lanolin and wet wool took me straight back to tiny baby land.
post #72 of 116
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post

Just out of curiosity, what is the perk of flats over prefolds? I was just reading the GMD site and I don't get it. Well, price obviously, but the prefolds already seemed pretty affordable.

I can't wait to get my diapers, but we are waiting to set storage up first greensad.gifgreensad.gif

Flats are much more trim than prefolds.  Also they are extremely adjustable to babies of all shapes and sizes.  If you have a hard to fit kid, they are definitely the way to go.  Just don't expect anyone else - dads, grandparents etc. to use them as there's folding involved.  I used flats for DD #2 and loved them (she was teeny tiny) but I always had some pockets around for other people to put on her.

 

I am trying to decide diaper service or doing my own.  I have most of my own dipes from the other kids, but it sure seems like it would be nice to have someone else wash them.

post #73 of 116

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 Here they are. Two completed soakers (modified large to fit medium according to wrenmoon's instructions) in the curly purly pattern. I didn't do the short rows. I think this is all I will knit until I will see how they work. I almost want to felt them a bit to get the stitches tighter. Maybe that would make them work better? Thoughts?

post #74 of 116
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Originally Posted by talldarkeyes View Post

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 Here they are. Two completed soakers (modified large to fit medium according to wrenmoon's instructions) in the curly purly pattern. I didn't do the short rows. I think this is all I will knit until I will see how they work. I almost want to felt them a bit to get the stitches tighter. Maybe that would make them work better? Thoughts?

I love that grey! I would wait to felt until you see what shape baby you have... You can always make things smaller, but once its felted you're committed to that size. Those legs could get tight if you have a chunker baby.
It makes me want to go make another one in grey and white. So sweet. I like the tight rib leg band too, looks so trim and tidy.
post #75 of 116
Talldarkeyes: those look so lovely and cozy! I so wish I was textiles-crafty. smile.gif
post #76 of 116

talldarkeyes- those soakers look great!  Ignore that crazy lady...wool is wonderful!!!  I'd much prefer it on my baby's skin than some of the common nasty alternatives! 

 

I still haven't started knitting for baby.  I'm feeling so discouraged because my to do list is a mile long and I never seem to have any time.  Or money.  lol
 

post #77 of 116
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Originally Posted by talldarkeyes View Post

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 Here they are. Two completed soakers (modified large to fit medium according to wrenmoon's instructions) in the curly purly pattern. I didn't do the short rows. I think this is all I will knit until I will see how they work. I almost want to felt them a bit to get the stitches tighter. Maybe that would make them work better? Thoughts?


I meant to tell you, I LOVE these <3

post #78 of 116
Knitpicks.com is having a sale...40% off all their books. For any knitter ladies out there looking for patterns in print. There are crochet books too.
post #79 of 116
Thanks everyone! I like them too!
post #80 of 116

I love the grey, too! I'd better hurry and knit through the skein of green I'm working on so I can justify buying some grey yarn :)

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