A soaker is a wool cover for a cloth diaper, shorts (in this case) are the same but, instead of looking like undies that pull on over the diaper, they are like pull-on shorts. Longies are long wool pants used for the same purpose.
Originally Posted by Runningmommy
How many ounces of yarn do you need, where do YOU buy, and how much does it usually cost to make one soaker, and how many soakers do you need for one baby? thanks!!
I dunno about crochet, but I know you can knit any size (preemie to toddler) LTK soaker out of 4 ounces of wool. Obviously you have increasingly less leftover depending on how big you go. I thought maybe Devon said she could get a small and medium LTK soaker out of 4 ounces of wool?
You might also check over at: http://www.dandeliondreamers.com/ - she has several crochet patterns and is a WAHMama. You could email her for definite yarn requirements.
I've done a couple of medium sized ones and I know they weighed less than 4 ounces onced packaged to mail
I am a knitter, so I don't know how the useage varies knit to crochet (I thought I remembered that crochet uses more yarn than knitting?), but info on yarn and such:
you can easily use almost any 100% wool product. So from Joann's you can get Lion Brand Fisherman's wool or Paton's Classic Merino. Or you can order lovely yarn from a wealth of online sources: yarndealer.com, littleturtleknits.com, bungalowbuns.com, woolywondersbynada.com etc....
I totally second the dandelion dreamers. It was my second project and the pattern is well worth the cost. Patti (the WAHMama) will help you with any questions you have, or help you customize the size if you need to. She also has a yahoo group for fixes and stuff too... I have now made a half dozen or so dandelion dreamers and I love every one of them.
How many soakers do you need for one baby? That is kind of a hard question to asnwer since there are so many variables (type of diapers/how you put the diapers on/age of baby/how much and how runny their poo is/how great your desire for lots of cute soakers is). The short answer is the more the better! :LOL For my new baby I am shooting for 4-6 in each size with a few nylon (alexis feather lites) or pul covers for back-up. I know some people who have more pul though who just have 1 or 2 wool soakers since they are more expensive than other options.