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I've been knitting longies, I'm on my third pair and it dawned on me that I'm not sure if the wool I'm using is really the best. It's hand dyed Alpaca, I actually haven't used them as longies yet, so I don't know how well they work. I love them as pants, but think I'm ready to move on to actually using them for the proper purpose.<br><br>
My real question here is what kind of wool yarn do you like best? What is easiest to knitt with? And do i need to lanolize before use?<br><br>
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I really hope you are not using 100% alpaca. A blend is fine but I'm fairly sure pure alpaca is going to give you issues.<br><br>
Yes, you'll need to lanolize if you want them to be at their most effective.<br><br>
I like<br><br>
Little turtle knits( littleturtleknits.com) wool- her farm yarn and merino are amazing<br>
BFL from woolly wonders by nada - soft and her dh Brad is amazing at dyeing<br><br>
Blackberry Ridge merino- soft and stretchy<br><br>
Bartletts - sturdiest wool I've ever seen. not the softest but it wears wonderfully well.<br><br>
Cascade Eco- easy to great, good colors and holds up well.
 

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It is 100% alpaca, why will this be bad? I can just keep using them as regular pants if I have too, they are just too cute! i knew I should have asked this earlier, I'm in the middle of making another pair, if they aren't going to work I'll stop and making something else with the yarn. I really want some real working longies.....<br><br>
Thanks for the info..
 

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alpaca isn't going to hold it shape and tends to shed when it's damp.<br><br>
Atleast that's what I've heard from other knitters. A blend would be fine but full on alpaca isn't something I want to try.
 

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I don't knit but I do work with wool a lot and I think if you have a good fitted diaper most wool/ alpaca / angora will do the job just fine. Yes some better than others. I use a wool lanolizing spray but I think soaking overnight with lanolin lets it soak in better. I say if you like the pants use them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I love alpaca for its softness. I also love its drape & all of the natural colors.<br><br>
When I tried longies in 100% alpaca I found that you need a really well structured waistband to prevent the pants from looseing their shape within a few wares. Don't let that scare you though, if you aren't having any trouble with them, enjoy their softness!<br><br>
I also love merino wools. There are a lot of different types out there. My favorite is merino from Peru because it tends to be a little thick, it absorbs a TON, it is creates a well structured pair of longies, doesn’t pill much and they are supper durable - even for crawlers!
 
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