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As for inexpensive, hand-knit soakers - why be sad?? Couldn't someone honestly be knitting just for fun and making enough to support her habit?
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As for inexpensive, hand-knit soakers - why be sad?? Couldn't someone honestly be knitting just for fun and making enough to support her habit?
Yes, that is true... however it devalues the work of others who may be counting on the money for different reasons. Does that make sense?
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I agree that $20 is too little for a hand knit soaker. If you are looking for something inexpensive I would suggest something sewn.
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Is it better if it is hand knit? I thought you could get machine knit too. I hope I didn't upset anyone by this thread. I've seen sites where the soakers go for $40, $50 and even more and I just can't afford that. I don't care if it is the prettiest or cutest I just wanted to try a soaker for my son (have some for the baby but not DS). I actually prefer the "natural" color of wool as opposed to dyed.
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Are aristocrats or Lana soakers around $25? They're machine knit, but they work well.

I agree that $20 is pretty low for knitting a soaker. If the yarn cost only $5 (which is pretty cheap), then figure 5 hours of knitting for an average soaker, that knitter is making $3 per hour. My mom got mad at me when she heard I'd traded soakers for yarn. But I didn't have the money for the yarn I wanted and I really wanted to knit ds a soaker from the "more expensive" $10/skein yarn. I told her I traded for yarn because the value of getting the yarn I wanted was more than the $6 per hour I'd earn if I sold the soaker for $40. So I totally understand wanting to get soaker for less than $20 - I can hardly afford $10 for one.

Here's another way to look at it: If you have 3 soakers at $35 each, that's $105. We go coverless at home and only use our soaker for naps, nighttime and trips to town. I used to use $10 wraps that I hated, and I needed at least eight of them because we used them and had to wash them all the time. So $80 vs $105 - we don't have leaks with the soakers like we did with the other wraps and we also have much less diaper rash going coverless. So the extra $25 is worth it to me. That kind of solution doesn't work for everyone, but it is another way to justify the cost of the soakers if you want to use them rather than other types of wraps.

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You can get a basic, machine knit soaker for $13 -16 at:

http://www.granolamoms.com/products.htm


Not the best or the prettiest, but they do work.
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I don't think that you have offended anyone with your question... it is a valid one, and obviously one that has sparked quite a bit of interest.

My feeling on it is that there are plenty of options out there, from ultra cheap (IMO), to reasonable (I think that $ 40 to $ 50 is reasonable, but only because I am on the other side of the knitting needles and know how much time it truly takes to buy yarn, dye yarn, wind it up, and spend 5 to 6 hours on a soaker alone). There are quite a bit of choices on Ebay, and there are Aristocrats, too.

There is also the option of buying sweaters at a thrift shop and sewing up soakers. That is probably your most economical route if you are looking in that price range.
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I got a soaker from tinker and it didn't smell like smoke. That was 3 months ago. They are so soft and the fit is great!
Her daughter frequents the boards I believe. I sure hope she doesn't see this!
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I was looking into her covers before and I liked them, but heard about the smoking thing and didn't end up getting one. They looked really well made too.

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You're right it isn't very nice at all. But, I will say it's not brain surgery to extrapolate "stinker" from "Tinker" ... Still not nice. But you are probably *at least* that clever.
LOL, I guess I am clever but I meant I would have just never thought of something like that. I have better things to do with my time than trash WAHMs like these moms do.
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I got a soaker from tinker and it didn't smell like smoke. That was 3 months ago. They are so soft and the fit is great!
Her daughter frequents the boards I believe. I sure hope she doesn't see this!
Yes I really like the way the one I borrowed fits, nice and stretchy and will fit for a while. For the longest time I wanted to buy one from her but could never figure out her ebay name, of course I knew it had tinker in it, but I never found it so I moved on to buying a soaker from someone I could find, LOL

If she does see it I want to say sorry, I shouldnt have typed the name out. If she does see it I hope she understands that WE at mothering do not feel that way about her, or atleast I dont and you dont, LOL. I really like the soaker I borrowed from my friend. I put it on DS last night for bed and it is so adorable.
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The only reason I can find her is because I have her in my seller favorites..LOL
I only have one, and have liked several other she has done but didn't have the $$.
If people still have problems with the smoke, maybe somebody should email her and ask her to put in her descriptions that it comes from a smoking home. Maybe she just doesn't think it is an issue.
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The only reason I can find her is because I have her in my seller favorites..LOL
I only have one, and have liked several other she has done but didn't have the $$.
If people still have problems with the smoke, maybe somebody should email her and ask her to put in her descriptions that it comes from a smoking home. Maybe she just doesn't think it is an issue.
do you have a link to her auction?

the people that complained only do it behind their backs. Like those bunkybuns, they complained and dawged binkybuns but never said anything to her until 1 of them came forward a few months later and then they ALL came forward.
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the people that complained only do it behind their backs. Like those bunkybuns, they complained and dawged binkybuns but never said anything to her until 1 of them came forward a few months later and then they ALL came forward.
People on another board ridicule Tinker, but they buy from her. Apparently it is ok to do this. No one seems concerned. I love her soakers. I never had a smoke issue, and I am quite sensitive to smoke. I think some people like to make fun and cause drama (maybe there is not enough in their lives).

Funny enough those people's concerns about the BinkyBuns were quite unfounded. One lady said that the diaper leaked for her heavy wetter overnight--she was using no doubler or anything. It was kind of silly. The issue was not NEARLY as bad as some made it seem. If I am not mistaken--and I may be--the same few women threw fits over ANOTHER diaper maker
(when the boards are slow) really over minor cosmetic issues (diapers w/serging errors sold as seconds). They never once addressed the issue with the WAHM, which is how the problem would have been solved. They claimed they did not want to hurt feelings, but in the end they did far more than that.

I personally think communication is key. I was saddened (and left those boards) because certain people attacked others. And when one jumped on, THEY ALL jumped on. Groupthink? Possibly. And really it turned into a juvenile name calling situation where people's feelings were not considered (and people like me left because the drama was too much. High School anyone?). I just thought moms could show each other respect and support rather than tearing them down and being derogatory (I get enough of that in the real world).

Anyway my point is I agree with you If you have a problem, kindly email the person before you tell your closer 100 internet friends. It might make the WAHM a lot more likely to correct it and make you happy. I know a few times on eBay a buyer misunderstood something, and had they simply ASKED me it would be been explained. I say go for Tinker's. She ships quicky. They work great. She offers soakers inexpensively Which is rare in this world (thought I realize some are very time consuming and are worth the high amounts of money asked for them).

eta: After reading the thread I would never discount a handmade creation I have a lot of respect for soaker makers. Pamela and the women who did the Midsummer's Night one (and others) are EXTREMELY talented. Their soakers are worth far more than they could put a price on--simply with the love involved. I cannot personally afford a soaker of upwards of $100 especially when I can have 5 for that price and can have some variety. That said I own a few BaaBaaBottoms, and I love their fit over any others I have. But they are not so easy to get. I learned how to knit to make myself a soaker like BBB w/o the craziness of getting one. I think highly of ANYONE who can create a soaker Again they keep the WAHM and CDers afloat. Without new wonderful things, diapering could get *gasp* boring. :LOL

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Here are Tinker's
http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...sort=3&rows=50

There are a TON of inexpensive soakers on the market on eBay!

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People on another board ridicule Tinker, but they buy from her. Apparently it is ok to do this. No one seems concerned. I love her soakers. I never had a smoke issue, and I am quite sensitive to smoke. I think some people like to make fun and cause drama (maybe there is not enough in their lives).

Funny enough those people's concerns about the BinkyBuns were quite unfounded. One lady said that the diaper leaked for her heavy wetter overnight--she was using no doubler or anything. It was kind of silly. The issue was not NEARLY as bad as some made it seem. If I am not mistaken--and I may be--the same few women threw fits over ANOTHER diaper maker
(when the boards are slow) really over minor cosmetic issues (diapers w/serging errors sold as seconds). They never once addressed the issue with the WAHM, which is how the problem would have been solved. They claimed they did not want to hurt feelings, but in the end they did far more than that.

I personally think communication is key. I was saddened (and left those boards) because certain people attacked others. And when one jumped on, THEY ALL jumped on. Groupthink? Possibly. And really it turned into a juvenile name calling situation where people's feelings were not considered (and people like me left because the drama was too much. High School anyone?). I just thought moms could show each other respect and support rather than tearing them down and being derogatory (I get enough of that in the real world).

Anyway my point is I agree with you If you have a problem, kindly email the person before you tell your closer 100 internet friends. It might make the WAHM a lot more likely to correct it and make you happy. I know a few times on eBay a buyer misunderstood something, and had they simply ASKED me it would be been explained. I say go for Tinker's. She ships quicky. They work great. She offers soakers inexpensively Which is rare in this world (thought I realize some are very time consuming and are worth the high amounts of money asked for them).
so you know of the forum? LOL, I was a member for about 3 days and never went back.

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eta: After reading the thread I would never discount a handmade creation I have a lot of respect for soaker makers. Pamela and the women who did the Midsummer's Night one (and others) are EXTREMELY talented. Their soakers are worth far more than they could put a price on--simply with the love involved. I cannot personally afford a soaker of upwards of $100 especially when I can have 5 for that price and can have some variety. That said I own a few BaaBaaBottoms, and I love their fit over any others I have. But they are not so easy to get. I learned how to knit to make myself a soaker like BBB w/o the craziness of getting one. I think highly of ANYONE who can create a soaker Again they keep the WAHM and CDers afloat. Without new wonderful things, diapering could get *gasp* boring. :LOL
yeah I cant afford the really expensive ones but I think the ones I got were reasonably prices. I bought 2 used off the TP and am getting longies for the going price and I dont mind paying it because I know it is worth it and she does good work!
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Ok I am pms'ing right now but I have to say I am really saddened that some of you nicknamed a wahm "stinker".
I don't think they ever referred to "her" as stinker, just to the soaker in general as a stinker because it was stinky like smoke some were more heavily smoke smelling than others.
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do you have a link to her auction?

the people that complained only do it behind their backs. Like those bunkybuns, they complained and dawged binkybuns but never said anything to her until 1 of them came forward a few months later and then they ALL came forward.
Actually FWIW, I had a probloem with them smelling like smoke. I complained to her (Laura, I think is her name) and never got a repsonse. I loved the soaker though so it wasn't a huge deal. I bought a second one a few months after and it ALSO smelled like smoke.
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If you can knit, you could buy the Little Turtle Knits soaker pattern and whip up a few yourself.
She also has a pattern for a wrap-style soaker, which is what I'm currently working on myself.
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Actually, the phrase is "stinker FROM tinker" not "tinker the stinker." There's a world of difference between the two; one is calling a person a name and one is using a descriptive term on an object. Moreover, the forum that coined the phrase actually praises her work and her prices quite frequently. She's gotten a LOT of business through word of mouth there.

I haven't used the soakers, or called them stinkers. But I do appreciate knowing when a business mails items smelling of smoke. The smell makes me gag.
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Actually, the phrase is "stinker FROM tinker" not "tinker the stinker." There's a world of difference between the two; one is calling a person a name and one is using a descriptive term on an object. Moreover, the forum that coined the phrase actually praises her work and her prices quite frequently. She's gotten a LOT of business through word of mouth there.

I haven't used the soakers, or called them stinkers. But I do appreciate knowing when a business mails items smelling of smoke. The smell makes me gag.
LOL, well see I didnt even know it correctly all I know is it was a mean thing they called her(or if it is stinker from tinker a mean thing they said about her soakers). I do know that my friend has boughten a lot and most people are repeat buyings.

I once has a diaper that smelled of smoke but it was because she had left her windows open when they bar-b-qued, you could tell it was charcoal too not cigarettes
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Charcoal smoke doesn't bother me, but cigarettes do. My mother is a smoker and I somehow ended up really sensitive to it instead of just getting used to it. I've gotten packages that smell like cigarettes, but in one case I think it was from a postal worker. Nothing else I got from the same person smelled like that!
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Ok I admitted I was pmsing when I typed my response. I personally would also want to know ahead of time if someones products smelled of smoke. Maybe this is something this particular seller should make known in her auction listings. However, my issue was with nicknaming her "stinker". I may have misunderstood and maybe others were naming her product "stinker" and not her, but it still makes me sad to hear it. I think there are better ways to discuss such things.
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I understand what you're saying. :-) It's all some kind of namecalling.
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they called her tinker the stinker.

maybe she went through a period when she smoked, or someone in her family did.

No they don't. They call her soakers stinkers, because they stink (smell bad). They call them "a stinker from Tinker". They have NEVER called the maker a name, just saying the soakers are stinkers. They love her soakers because they are beautiful, well made, affordable, and she ships fast. But they do get a giggle occasionally by saying "I got a stinker from Tinker."

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No they don't. They call her soakers stinkers, because they stink (smell bad). They call them "a stinker from Tinker". They have NEVER called the maker a name, just saying the soakers are stinkers. They love her soakers because they are beautiful, well made, affordable, and she ships fast. But they do get a giggle occasionally by saying "I got a stinker from Tinker."

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yes we have discussed that already and I realized that it was heard wrong by me. LOL
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Ooohh, I'm so sorry if I started something with the whole tinker thing.

Baby crying, but really quick...

I personally love her covers, have never smelled the slightest hint of smoke, and if I'd been using my brain, could have satisfied my own curiosity and figured out the name (which really isn't nice), and maybe avoided this whole thing.

SO Sorry! :
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