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Tried wool (halfheartedly) when babe was little, didn’t care for it. But the appeal of a simple soaker or pants is really starting to grow on me.<br><br>
Anyone want to give me a wool tutorial (or bump up an old thread that covers it)?<br><br>
So far I have a FCB wool jersey cover and a BJ’s Marketplace knit soaker. Why are BJ’s Marketplace soakers so cheap? Are they machine made, quality of the wool?<br><br>
What are the different types of wool? So far I get that the jersey is stretchier and seems pretty trim, but what about felted wool, and other kinds?<br><br>
What type of wool do you prefer (merino, cashmere, alpaca, etc.)?<br><br>
What do you look for in a soaker or pants?<br><br>
And lastly, where can I find instock wool shorts or pants that aren’t BJs Marketplace?<br><br>
Thanks mamas!
 

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I'm not the materials expert (and yet I still feel compelled to reply......), but yeah, jersey is like t-shirt material, soft and stretchy. Nice stuff. Wool flannels are another fabric often used for snap covers (I mean not knitted or crocheted). They are gonna be more "waterproof" than jersey and good for trips, overnight, anytime when compression wetness might become an issue. I like merino for soaker stuff, but some of it is more pilly than others. I'll be talking out my arse about blends in knitted goods so I'll stop now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> In soakers and pants, I like the wool to be soft and my fave bonus is the extra wetzone layer some wahm's do like the greenmountainweewoolie mama and chickadeeknits. Many don't have that feature and they still work amazingly. I've never owned bjm but recall MANY threads about them. Supposedly made in China, easy to get, some mamas like 'em and some don't is the abridged version. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Instock? Have you seen the hyenacart thingy? I think it is a simple url like hyenacart.com . Anyway, many knitting wahms are right there and then you can find their stores from links there too. HTH!
 

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I hope the little info I can provide may help,<br><br>
Wool soakers are usually knit or crocheted, while wool covers are cut&sewn out of wool fabric such as wool flannel or jersey. (flannel is not stretchy, jersey has stretch)<br><br>
There are many types of wool but merino and cashmere are very sought after because they are so soft (and usually not chemically treated ie:superwash) and they come in many wool blends. Some blends are heavier (more absorbent) others are lighter.<br><br>
Wool can also be felted which makes it even more absorbent (wool is washed in HOT water that makes the fibers shrink and get more condensed).<br><br>
BJ marketplace soakers are priced lower because they are machine knit.<br><br>
In a soaker I look for lots of room in the bum (the leg openings are in the front rather than straight down). Lots of WHAM's make gorgeous soakers that you can buy. Or if you knit, Fern&faerie has a really nice pattern that you can modify to make longies or shorties. I am currently knitting a soaker in purple and green Eskimo merino wool. What is really nice about a wool cover is the breathability and that you can have a totally natural diapering system. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wool">
 

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I really like my BJM soaker. I think it's soft, stretchy, and cute(mine has a duckie on the butt!) and I it's okay with me if it's not handknit. I kinda like the fact that if I ruin it by accident, it's okay because it's so much cheaper. It would break my heart if I paid $40-60 for a new handknit hyena-type soaker and I killed it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> so BJM is okay with me!<br>
If you knit, there's a really easy pattern you can buy on <a href="http://www.littleturtleknits.com" target="_blank">www.littleturtleknits.com</a>. I'm a complete novice but I"m in the middle of making my first and it's actually turning out okay! And she's got some really pretty colors of wool there. I don't know too much about the different kinds though i'm sorry.<br>
What do I look for in soaker or pants???? PRICE! Sorry, price is a big deal with us. But a lot of people like things like drawstring waist(MOST have this) and a gusset in the crotch. For a newborn a gussetted crotch isn't a big deal because they dont' move much. But an older more mobile baby will put pants through their paces a few times. A gussett allows more movement.<br>
Meg
 

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Thank you mamas!! I'm learning, I'm learning!<br><br>
Tried on my BJM soaker today, it's freaking adorable!! Love it!<br><br>
Thought of another question, what is a colorway? How is this different from varigated?<br><br>
And I'm seeing hand painted yarn too? Is that another term for hand dyed?<br><br>
I don't currently knit, but thinking of teaching myself.
 

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Handpainted usually refers to the color being applied very specifically by the well fiber painter.. If you are handpainting you are hand dyeing.. But not all hand dyeing is hand painted.. Or at least that's my understanding..
 
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