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I've been using Aristocrat covers on my DD at night since she was tiny, and I really like them, except for the shrinking. It doesn't seem to matter how I wash them - by hand, very gently, in lukewarm water or in the mini-basket of my washing machine on gentle - They all shrink slowly, getting shorter and shorter while the leg holes get bigger and bigger...At first I thought it was my imagination, and that DD was just growing so quickly that it looked like her cover was shrinking. But, I just got a new large Aristocrat and it is a completely different shape & size than the 2 larges I've been using. Am I doing something wrong, or is this just the way it goes with Aristocrats? Is there another wool soaker (pull-on, no elastic) that you can recommend that holds up to gentle washing without such shrinking of the body & loss of leg grip?<br><br>
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I dunno about the Aristocrat but my Stacinator did the same thing.<br><br>
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I think I should have been more descriptive of my wash water temperature - I don't use cold water straight from the tap, to avoid shocking the wool, but I only add the tiniest bit of hot, and mix it up very well before the cover goes in. Also, I'm always careful to air-dry the covers far away from the sun/heating vents. That's why I'm puzzled - Maybe, even though I'm gentle when I wash the covers, the agitation is shrinking the wool? What makes it even more puzzling is that the Sugar Peas wool covers that I had didn't shrink at all, and I washed them the same way. Obviously, there's plenty about wool that I don't understand...<br><br>
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Rebecca, I have had several Aristocrats and mine all do the same thing. The last one I bought, I have been ultra careful with. When I lanolize, I only put the tiniest bit of hot water/lanolin in the water and it's never warmer than room temp when I put the cover in, I agitate it very gently, and it's STILL shrinking, dangit. I have not found a cover like the Aristocrat that doesn't do this. I really wish they would preshrink the wool a bit before making them. I'm sure Sugarpeas are preshrunk.
 

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well, yes, they do that and in your case it is probably the agitation. Aristocrats wool is very fine and untampered with.<br><br>
The wools that other wool covers ( flannel, jersey fabric) are made of have been woven or knit after being spun into yarns. After that, they are dyed. A lot of tampering. Often, once a wahm buys the wool she will pre-felt it before cutting and sewing it into covers. There are different opinions on felting, but generally you gain washablity but loose some of the fine softness of the wool- which is one reason Aristocrats seem sooo much softer than other covers. This is true if you BEGIN with fine wool and felt it, if you begin with overprocessed wool that is itchy sometimes felting can make it softer.<br><br>
I love aristocrats and other soft, natural wools. But i don't think you can keep them from changing over time, you can only be as gentle as possible and postpone the inevitable. hopefully you will get a lot of use out of it before it shrinks, and even then you can use it as a super soaker for a smaller babe. (or...a doll soaker? lol depending on how bad it is.)<br><br>
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