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There are a lot of sources for wool these days.  Anyone got a great rec for an affordable, quality wool yarn?

 

Alternatively, if I want to sew some wool covers, where would I find (or what do I look for) wool fabric that's not stripped of lanolin, or would be able to be "relanolized?"


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My favorite inexpensive wool is Bernat Feltin Wool. It is available at Joanns and Hobby Lobby or online and they have some good colors. It doesn't shed like some of the other brands I've tried. I am still working on my longies but I've done dryer balls and they felt really nice, or you don'thave to felt it.


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Thank you!  I used a hand-me-down soaker last night on one of the twins and no leaks.  I've never used any actual wool, but have knitted acrylic soakers which work well during the day.  My kids thought the footie longies were hilarious.  You could even see the baby's wheels turning as she tested out walking in them. LOL  

 

We're switching from using a pocket system.  The PUL doesn't seem to be agreeing with the twins too well.


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I like the bernat felting wool too!  I just knit a cover out of it for the new kid- haven't used it yet though- but it is beautiful!  Other affordable yet somewhat soft- good old cascade 220 works very well.  I love knitting with lambs pride- but it does have the mohair in it- which no one has complained about- but I still feel like it is fairly scratchy- but works better.I found a really nice English untreated wool at the knitting shop a couple of weeks ago- so I am working on a cover out of that- it feels a little rustic- but nice and lanolin filled :)  Unaffordable- three irish girls can't be beat!


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Have you considered using wool sweaters, and just felting them?  Easy and cheap!  You could use left-over fabric (from the sleeves) for diaper covers/longies.

 

http://doityourselfec.blogspot.ca/2008/02/recyced-wool-sweater-longies.html

 

If you don't want them long, just cut them the length you want.


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Have you considered using wool sweaters, and just felting them?  Easy and cheap!  You could use left-over fabric (from the sleeves) for diaper covers/longies.

 

http://doityourselfec.blogspot.ca/2008/02/recyced-wool-sweater-longies.html

 

If you don't want them long, just cut them the length you want.



Yep, I don't have a readily available source.  I live in a very small town.  Easier to order yarn or fabric than try to scour the thrift store on the quick visits I can sometimes make every 6 weeks or so.  

 

I do have one wool sweater that started out as my F-I-L's, and has slowly worked it's way all the way down to my 6 yo. LOL  I'm thinking of putting the poor thing out of it's misery.

 


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Yep, I don't have a readily available source.  I live in a very small town.  Easier to order yarn or fabric than try to scour the thrift store on the quick visits I can sometimes make every 6 weeks or so.  

 

I do have one wool sweater that started out as my F-I-L's, and has slowly worked it's way all the way down to my 6 yo. LOL  I'm thinking of putting the poor thing out of it's misery

 

 

That makes it harder, for sure.  I am in the city and can usually find at least 1 good one at Goodwill or Value Village when I go in.  I THINK that I've seen people selling them online too...It's going to drive me insane trying to remember where but I think they were like $1 each or something, but since I'm in Canada shipping would have been expensive...  You can always let family and friends know that you can make use of their worn-out items as well. :-)

 

Good luck!


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Overstock.com has the Bernat wool for $4.90 a skein, free shipping.  Just thought others might be interested in the discounted price.


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You can often find wool sweater lots on ebay for pretty cheap.  Buying single sweaters isn't usually practical because of shipping, but if you search for "wool sweaters craft lot" it sometimes comes up with good deals.  A while back I also found someone selling wool sweaters for $5-$6 each specifically marketed to people making diaper covers, but I forget where or how I came across that website.


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