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Want to make recycled wool soakers...

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I got some sweaters from the Salvation Army today, 2 for 99 cents!! Two of them are Merino wool, they are so soft, they feel like silk! I am excited to start making them, but they are a very fine gauge, lightweight knit. Will this still work with the conventional recycled sweater soaker patterns? Should I try to felt one of them and see what happens? Or just leave it alone? If it will still work left alone, they would make great soakers for summer. I can get one pair of longies and probably two soakers out of each sweater. They are so soft, I want to maximize my use of them!

Thanks in advance!
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I have just felted a similar sounding sweater,I decided rather than get two from it,as it was thin ,I would do a double layer wrap with it.

Used a nappy pattern and made it bigger on the rise and round the legs.
I applied elastic to the back and the legs on one layer then serged it all the way around the edges.

I figured two layers now it is serged feels a lovely combination,but lots of the woolen wraps would be too thick with two layers!

I think re cycled wool is a bit of a "suck it and see" thing really.
How about pressing them against a water soaked nappy to see if the water comes through?

I've felted two thin merino jumpers for covers - one didn't felt, so I made a double thick wrap and it works brilliantly - the other one felted very thick, so I'll use it single layered, I think.
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Originally Posted by wannabe
How about pressing them against a water soaked nappy to see if the water comes through?

I've felted two thin merino jumpers for covers - one didn't felt, so I made a double thick wrap and it works brilliantly - the other one felted very thick, so I'll use it single layered, I think.
Ooh, good idea! They are not lanolized yet though, so I figure I'd get water coming through until I did that at least. I was going to wait to lanolize until I'm done sewing them so I don't gunk up my machine.
I have made two soakers, one regular and one longies... I posted links to pictures in the show and tell section
I did not felt the first one, but I felted the second one so I'll see how those come out when I get a chance to sew them!
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I would not felt them if I were you. I have several pair of wool soaker shorts I have made from unfelted Cashmere and Merino wool and they work great. I have not even lanolized them. They are really thin and super soft, but as long as I have a decent cotton pocket under them they don't get damp at all, even hours later. I think unfelted wool is cooler for summer. And everytime I felt a sweater it gets too thick and stiff!
Hey, it's you! Remember me? The one with the perpetual fuzzy bunz stink? LOL

I really mildly felted the second merino sweater, it's not that thick, it was thin to begin with... but, the next time I go looking for used sweaters, I'll be able to compare one with the other anyway!

It's good to see you posting!
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My soakers turned out great!! Even the really lightweight wool kept a totally drenched diaper from soaking his clothes! (He had HUGE pees this morning!) I am always so amazed when wool does what it is supposed to do, it's so cool!!
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