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So, I want to try to sew my own wool soakers, so I sent dh to the thrift store to buy a few wool sweaters to practice with. But they are really scratchy! Would lanolizing them make them softer, of is there another way to do it?<br>
And, I have liquid lanolin - so how would I use it to make the wool lanolized/less scratchy?n I need step-by-step directions, as I am new to wool.<br>
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felting it (washing on hot and cold rinse and then drying on hot) will make it softer as will lanolin. I found that I must've felted too much though cause the material was 1/4" thick!!!!! Not good<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Hope it works for you<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm no expert, but I think some wool is just going to be scratchy no matter what you do. Maybe you could felt those and practice making soakers so that when you find some softer sweaters you can turn out some perfect ones.
 

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I have had really good luck soaking wool in a bowl of water with some liquid fabric softener. Fabric softener makes the covers even more waterproof, and makes it feel much better! I've been testing this pretty extensively, and have had nothing but good results from it! I used Downy Ultra, but you could try Downy Advanced, or any fabric softener you like.
 
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