Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mia's knitted wool soaker

A wool soaker is typically used over natural fibre cloth nappies as a nappy cover. Natural sheep's wool contains lanolin, which is a wax that is produced by sheep to keep their fleece in weatherproof conditions. This essentially makes the wool soaker water repellent, thus making it an ideal nappy cover. Add in its warmth and breath ability, it has become quite a favourite as a night time solution for cloth diapering parents, i heard.


I've never used them myself. I'll give this one a go and report back. Wool soakers need to be treated with lanolin, to ensure it has enough lanolin to work (some wool has been treated to remove some of the lanolin) but it is easy enough to do. Just use a teaspoon of pure lanolin (the same lanolin used by breastfeeding mothers can be used) melted in hot water and some soap and soak overnight. I can't wait to try this on Mia.

Once it is used, it only needs to be washed every couple of weeks because the wool is anti-bacterial and basically renews itself if it is aired after use. Simple!


Making this soaker was very easy and quick. And the result is really cute too! I would use it as pants even if it wasn't used as a nappy cover. The pattern was free on Ravelry. The link is here if anybody's interested. The wool I used was a real treat (Rowan pure wool aran) - softest wool I ever felt, gorgeous yellow colour, and it was on sale! A bought wool soaker can cost anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds...

I might knit more if this one works well....

oh btw, this is one of mia's birthday present as well :)


Tat said...

It looks very, very soft and comfy. I've knitted a pair of longies and a pair of shorties for my daughter and they worked well for us.

Unknown said...

woww.. byknyeee present utk bday mia... beratur2 dah... hehehe..

aidafiqs adamia said...

that sounds promising. I can't wait to try this on her!

we take birthdays very seriously in this house :)

gaby san said...

I wish I could knit. I really need new covers!

yours is beautiful. :)

MK said...

can we see mia in this? i'm just curious how it'll look like.


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