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Is there such a thing as too much lanolin?
I knitted my first soaker (LTK) and I lanolized it last night. I let it dry overnight and it still feels wet and tacky?

Is this normal or did I use way too much lansinoh? (I used probably 1 Tablespoon, I know it is a lot but I used Pattons Merino 100% wool which doesn't have any lanolin)

Help! I can't wait to use my soaker.

Thanks,

Melissa
 

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I think that may have been to much ... I read here on the top of the boards is a diaper resource and it has how to lanolize and i read about a inch squirted out of the tube which i would say is way less then one tablespoon.

But i am sure others can help you better I am still waiting on my wool so i have not personally lanolized a cover yet.
 

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If you don't mind the stickiness, it will wear out adventually. Your cover will still work. I always lanolize the inside (I turn it inside out first) so if it is sticky in there it doesn't matter.

You also might try sticking into the microwave for a few seconds. This may melt the lanolin and help it disperse through the cover. If it is still damp you don't have to be as careful but if it is dry just be careful not to nuke it for too long because wool will catch on fire.

Woolite or Sensiclean/sportwash will take out the lanolin if you want to start over. HTHs
 

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I use a lot of lanolin when lanolizing my wool covers, and have found that the excess wears off pretty quickly. The downside of washing with sensiclean/woolite is that you could have to relanolize several times afterward. Good luck!
 

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Yes, I bought the pattern from Littleturtleknits.com. It was very easy to follow. I definitely recommend it.

Back to my lanolin problem...I think I am just going to go ahead and use it. I was afraid something was wrong because it took so long to dry almost 24 hours.

What is the normal dry time? I guess a long dry time should make sense since wool holds so much water and I didn't forcibly remove too much water (just rolled it up in a towel).

Thanks for the help!

Melissa
 

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Originally posted by mhurst
I was afraid something was wrong because it took so long to dry almost 24 hours.
Wow! My Aristocrat takes like 2 days to dry. My other wool takes a day or two also. (That's inside the house.)
 

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Originally posted by mhurst
Yes, I bought the pattern from Littleturtleknits.com. It was very easy to follow. I definitely recommend it.

Back to my lanolin problem...I think I am just going to go ahead and use it. I was afraid something was wrong because it took so long to dry almost 24 hours.

What is the normal dry time? I guess a long dry time should make sense since wool holds so much water and I didn't forcibly remove too much water (just rolled it up in a towel).

Thanks for the help!

Melissa
Drying time varies for me. Around 24 hours for my knit soakers and less for my Freshies and Fuz Easy wool covers.

My favorite way to lanolize is using Kendell of Freshies
's method:

Squeeze 1/4 to 1/2 inch of tubed lanolin into a cup of HOTHOTHOT water (in a jar with a lid). Add a few drops of baby wash or Eucalan, cap it and shake vigorously to emulsify. Pour over the wrap (or if a it's a knit soaker I pour of crotch area of inside of soaker) that is soaking in your sink/basin and squeeze a few times to distribut the lanolin mixture. Soak for 15 minutes or so, and then dry. (I gently squeeze all water out and drape it over a towel rod in my bathroom)
 
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