if you can't find wool where you are at, check out <a href="http://www.knitpicks.com" target="_blank">http://www.knitpicks.com</a>. they sell great wool for cheap 50gram balls for $1.79.<br><br>
I haven't made any covers, but I've always heard that natural fibers are the only way to go. the acrylic (from regular stores) just doesn't work.
You won't find good wool yarn at places like Walmart or JoAnns. Check your phone book for a specialty yarn store, or ask around at other crafty stores. Someone there might know a good local yarn source that is not listed in the phone book. I would also try knitpicks.com because you can get wool there for MUCH cheaper than local stores. Also, look in thrift stores for good wool sweaters that look like they could easily be unraveled to use the yarn. Check this link for advice about using recycled yarn: <a href="http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/thrifty.html" target="_blank">http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/thrifty.html</a><br><br>
You can use acrylic yarn, I've never tried it but I've heard from other people that it can work. You will just have to wash it much more often because it doesn't have the amazing cool properties of wool.
I know some people make covers out of acrylic yarn<br><br>
Pros: you can throw it in the laundry with the other diapers, you don't have to lanolize it<br><br>
Cons: acrylic yarn is not breathable (think of how hot and sweaty you can get in a acrylic sweater), you have to wash it more often because it doesn't have the self cleaning properties of lanolized wool, it doesn't help absorb wetness, just repels it so you'd want a pretty thick fitted underneath it<br><br>
You should be able to find wool yarn at most crafts stores, but sometimes you have to hunt. Look for Patons merino or Lion brand fisherman's wool, both are carried in Michales and Joann. I second <a href="http://www.knitpicks.com" target="_blank">www.knitpicks.com</a> as a GREAT place to get yarn, even with shipping it's still cheaper than a lot of B&M stores and it's good quality too.
My mom made a cover for me out of acrylic and it holds moisture really well. I think it is better to use than PUL. If you aren't worried about major breathability and your DC do not have major sensative skin issues, go for it! You can get wool at <a href="http://alpacadirect.com/Results.cfm?category=8" target="_blank">http://alpacadirect.com/Results.cfm?category=8</a><br>
As long as it shows 5 stitches = 1 inch you will have the right yarn for most patterns. Have fun and good luck.
Thank you! I am going to try and follow a pattern and make one out of the yarn I have and if it fits and such then I will be ordering from KnitPicks.<br><br>
Here in the desert, I think a breathablility would be a must. (New to this Hot weather so only guessing)<br><br>