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Best Wool for Longies, etc?

post #1 of 7
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Greetings, ladies! I'm knitting for my first two babies (due in Sept), and need your wisdom and experience!

What's your top yarn pick (or picks) for soakers, longies, etc? In addition to knitting myself, I'm going to send some yarn to my g'ma who's going to knit for the babies.

TIA - I really appreciate the help!
post #2 of 7
DS has some longies knit out of thislindon merino and it is wonderful. Resistant to pilling and a good texture.
post #3 of 7
I like the really soft stuff for newborn longies & soakers--HPY's merino bulky was my personal favorite, but there are lots of others (malabrigo, purewool, threeirishgirls, etc.). I think there's a co-op here for purewool right now.

I also really like Targhee and Blue Faced Leicester (BFL)--soft, but tougher yarns that don't pill as much as merinos. These are much better choices for the crawling/playing outside/rough-and-tumble ages, IMO.
post #4 of 7
Celesterra, forgive me if you've already tried this, but I might do a forum search for something like "yarn" and "longies" and maybe "favorite" or something like that. Seems to me I read a pretty long thread a while ago where people compared the various merits and drawbacks of yarns for soakers, and I learned a lot.

My personal favorite for soakers and longies is Peace Fleece, which comes in amazing colors, is really sturdy, inexpensive, absorbent, and after the first washing, is soft and lovely to handle!

I also have used and loved Full Belly Farm yarn. It's organic, amazingly soft but strong, doesn't pill at all, and has a truly beautiful ruggedness to it. A few WAHMs hand-dye the Full Belly yarn and sell it, too.

If I remember correctly, people also really love Three Irish Girls, Little Turtle Knits Farm Yarn, Henry's Attic...

I second the Hand-Painted Yarn recommendation for the little guys; I used the bulky merino for mine, and liked the absorbency. But again, once they're mobile, it doesn't hold up.
post #5 of 7
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Celesterra, forgive me if you've already tried this, but I might do a forum search for something like "yarn" and "longies" and maybe "favorite" or something like that. Seems to me I read a pretty long thread a while ago where people compared the various merits and drawbacks of yarns for soakers, and I learned a lot.
Thanks, HoneyTree! I did try a search... but it just happens that "wool" "soaker" "yarn" and "longies" come up a LOT on this forum, LOL! I went through about 10 pages before giving up. But if anyone can link me to that thread, I'd LOVE it.

For now, thanks so much to you all - I'm reading with great interest and taking notes on your reviews!
post #6 of 7
I think that my current favorite is HPY Colonia 140. I don't like the way the colorways come out as much as I like purewool's, but they are still lovely colors. The yarn is soft yet sturdier than merino. I also find that it seems (to me, I could be wrong) to start off with more lanolin and to hold added lanolin better than the others that I use.

It is a slightly thick/thin yarn, and I think that this helps to create a firmer fabric. My son pees straight through his diapers, like a tiny firehose , and in his Colonia 140 longies once he peed and it actually came dripping out of the cuff, the crotch of the longies weren't even damp.

(don't worry. I don't keep my baby in the same diaper for hours or anything. That was a dry diaper that he peed through )

It will pill some, I guess because it is one-ply, but not as badly as merino, by far (it's made from Corriedale wool).
post #7 of 7
MMMM yarn. I love 100purewool and there is a co-op on the cop board right now for it. The 1py works well for itty-bitty babies and is so super soft and the 3-ply is really soft as well and works well for older babies. The colors are great as well! Although sometimes they don't appear right on the 100purewool.com website you can search ravelry for people who have the color you want those are much more accurate pictures!

Happy knitting!
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