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    Default :( OK, I'm confused

    I was so proud of myself! I scored some great 100% wool sweaters at the VV 50% off sale and made some diaper covers...lanolized them this morning according to the instructions I found online...finaly they were dry tonight...tried one, and now his jammies are damp! The cover does not feel damp, but the jammies are And he's not been sat/layed in anything wet.

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    What kind of wool was it?

    Are you sure there wasn't excess water in the cover? Mine usually take at least a day or two to completely dry.
    eta: where were his jammies wet? Was it a compression leak at the top? is there any gaping around his legs/waist from the dipe?

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    Maybe compression leaks if the diaper was real wet.

    May not be lanolized enough, might take a couple goes. have you lanolized anything before? There is a learning curve from my experiences. Did you lanolize inside out? Some people swear by it.

    I'd also be concerned that it wasn't dry to start with....

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    I will be sure to let it air dry today and perhaps try again tomorrow. This was my first time lanolizing anything. It was really sticky as I was advised it would be.
    This is the link I used http://reviews.ebay.com/Wool-Cloth-D...00000000884763

    The label on the sweater just said 100% wool, so not sure what "kind" it was.
    The dampness was between his legs/bum area. No gaping anywhere!
    I've let it air dry since last night...I'll put it on him again later this afternoon and try again!
    Can I put them in the dryer...hold on...I have a "no heat" setting???



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    im not sure if I would suggest putting it in the dryer, unless you've made it extra big... cause it will shrink & felt (felted is nice.. but its the shrinking thing you need to be concerned about!)
    eta; I was just wondering if it said what brand of wool it was

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    The heat is what shrinks, so you might be okay, but I'd be careful still

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    eta; I was just wondering if it said what brand of wool it was
    I took another look, the first one I used is Shetland. I have two other sweaters to cut into; one is also Shetland, the other is Alpaca (soooo soft).

    Are there better wools to look for? I thought I read to stay away from Merino somewhere?

    I re-lanolized this morning using a touch of baby shampoo...there was less clumping definitely (not that I had much the first time), and I did it inside out this time. So I guess we won't know until tomorrow if they're going to work! I hate to sew more before I get the hang with these two...but I definitely want more to work into the rotation KWIM?!



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    I don't think it's a lanolin issue. I don't use it on any of my wool. Wool naturally has a lot of it that it retains.
    I do have problems with dampness if I don't have enough layers of wool. I usually use 2 or 3 for a diaper cover. Also if you have flannel pjs it's going to draw the moisture out and make them feel damp even tho the wool doesn't feel all that wet per se.
    The sweaters you have sound great, shetland will be a bit courser than the merino wool. I find the best sweaters are the Wayne Gretzy name brand if you can find any of them your LAUGHING
    Good luck

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    Ah, thanks! I will try adding another layer. He did have flannel jammies on too! I'll update later today on our dampness status! Keep your fingers crossed for us!



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    OK, so two layers doesn't work...but damn they're cute! The longies are fine on their own, but the shorties when I put them under his clothes are wicking to them I just can't see adding a third layer.
    Now my dilemma is whether or not to continue with the other two sweaters since my "experiment" didn't work? Different sweaters, different results I'm hoping???
    Perhaps I'll see if I can add a third layer with the next ones!



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