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Styles, Options, & Wool Care

Soakers

I offer two styles of hand-knit wool soaker at the same price point. Both soakers take about a week to complete, depending on queue.
The Ribbed soaker is thicker through the wet zone, making it suitable for overnight or long periods of sitting. It also fits under clothes, although not as trim as the trim soaker.
The Trim soaker fits easily under clothes. Depending on the weight of wool, it will also work overnight for light to medium wetters if well-lanolized and with a high-performing diaper.

Longies (and Shorties, Skirties, and Bloomers)

Options available – I will contact you to confirm before beginning to knit:

Leg-style: Straight, flared, tapered, boot cut…
Cuff style: Garter stitch, seed stitch, ruffles, ribbed cuff, etc.
Waist-band style: standard ribbed waist with drawstring, enclosed drawstring, or elastic waist
One small embellishment no larger than 2” x 2” (consider whether the embellishment will show up on variegated or striped wool)

Wool Care

I have heard “if had known how easy wool was, I’d have started using it a long time ago!” from several friends. Soakers and longies don’t need to be washed after every wearing – typically if the wool is only damp, you can hang to dry between wearings. Many find that they can go 2 or 3 weeks between washings.

There are several different methods for lanolizing – this is my favourite:

a sink that you can spare for at least an hour
lanolin-rich wool wash – e.g., Eucalan, which is available at local yarn and diaper stores
lanolin – you can buy fancy cloth-diaper lanolin, or you can use plain old Lansinoh. You may find if you use a lanolin-rich wool wash that you do not need a separate lanolizing step.
a towel to roll the cover in after washing and lanolizing

When you decide to wash your cover because it is either beginning to stretch out or lose its water resistant properties (i.e., it comes off feeling soggy!) here are some basic steps if you use plain lanolin. If you use a lanolin specifically for lanolizing covers, it may have different instructions:

Clean your sink (What? Your sink is already clean? You are my hero.).
Run lukewarm water into the sink with some wool wash and submerge the cover. Gently squeeze to get the suds through the cover. Remove the cover from the water, squeeze again to get the excess water out, and empty the sink. If you are washing simply to get the cover back into shape, and don’t need to lanolize, just roll the cover up in a towel to absorb excess water, and then lay flat to dry. Don’t rinse.
To lanolize, squeeze about an inch of lanolin (from a tube) or place a large fingerful (from a tub) in the sink and run hot water into the sink just to cover the lanolin – or alternatively put the lanolin in a jar with a little wool wash and run hot water into the jar. The goal is to melt the lanolin. Once the lanolin is melted, pour a little wool wash into the water, swish it around to break up the lanolin into tinier blobs, and then fill the sink with tepid water.
Soak the cover in the sink (I turn them inside out). At least 30 minutes is optimal; you can soak them overnight.
Roll the cover in the towel to blot as much moisture as possible, then lay flat and reshape and allow to dry.