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Okay, I am stretching the forum guidelines a bit (but since I'm talking about the efficacy of materials and not how to, I'm hoping I don't get a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono">), but I need to know if this yarn:<br><br><a href="http://www.marymaxim.com/Default.asp" target="_blank">Sock Yarn</a><br><br>
will work for wool soakers? I see that they have woolease yarn, but it's only 20% wool, whereas the sock yarn is 75%, and I'm not entirely pleased with the acrylic soakers I've made thus far. Also, does anyone know appx how much I would need for a LTK soaker in size medium? I just haven't had any luck with finding decent wool in this area, and this site is in CDN funds, which is way easier on my credit card! I am dying to start a new soaker for ds. TIA!<br><br>
ETA: UGH! I can't get the link to take you directly to the wool. Sorry to be a pain. If you still want to help me out, it's in the sock yarn section on the side bar, the Regia Crazy Sock Yarn, almost all the way down at the bottom.
 

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<a href="http://www.marymaxim.com/yarnshopitem.asp?OID=1862199&S=A&SCSR=&ItemID=4505" target="_blank">Here is the page</a> you are trying to link to, I think.<br><br>
I guess technically this could go either way (Diapering or Sewing and Crafts) - so we'll keep it here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You know, there is really only one way of finding out if this will work. That said, I have made soakers out of 85% wool/15% acrylic sweaters, and they work just fine, with the added bonus of not felting.
 

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Is the sock yarn worsted, or the finer fingering weight like a lot of sock yarns are?<br>
I'd only use it if it's worsted, as that's what the LTK pattern is made to use. And fingering wt probavly wouldn't make a thick enough fabric to be very effective.<br>
As for the blend - I make soakers with as little as 30% wool that work beautifully.
 

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Now that I think about my socks and their thickness, I'm not sure that I want to spend the $$ to find out. It's not under the worsted weight catagory, so I assume that it is very lightweight. So my search continues... I might have to try the woolease to see how it works, it's my better bet. I had visions of a striped soaker on DS, but I guess I'll have to make the stripes myself...
 

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I do have a pattern that uses fingering weight yarn, if you really want to use the sock yarn. It takes about 3 years to knit up though, because you use 2mm needles.
 

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You can tell it is very thing (ie Fingering weight) because it is 228 yards (209 m) per 50 gm ball. Worsted weight yarn would be MUCH shorter per 50 grams. I get my yarn in 200 gm skeins and they are 374 yards, so that isn't even close to thick enough to make soakers out of! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> hope this helps! You know you can get fishermans wool from hancockfabrics on line for like $8? and you can get 3 med soakers out of that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> LMK if you would like a link~
 

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This is great info! I just made a soaker out of 100% virgin wool Lopi yarn. DS' bum is going to look like a major fuzzball :LOL
 
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