Thursday, May 03, 2007

Curly Purly

With warm weather coming, T needs some new soakers, since the soakers I knit him for last summer are now too small. Here's the first of (I hope) six:

Pattern: Curly Purly Soaker (Love it! Wish I hadn't waited till now to try it!)
Needles: US size 3, 5, and 7 circs and DPNs
Yarn: Peace Fleece, sheplova mushroom
Mods: Added one extra short row an inch below the pleated section.

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Blogger Diana said...

Those are too cute! Makes me want little ones again, NOT! I wish I had that idea when mine were babies. I love Peece Fleece. Will he wear them in the summer?

8:21 AM  
Blogger Kelley said...

Thanks, Diana! Yep, these are for summer. I usually put him in Peace Fleece for nighttime, since it holds in the wetness super well. I also plan on making him some merino shorties for daytime. Merino, I think, might be cooler, and it's fine for daytime when it's lanolized properly.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Tami said...

I'm hoping you can help me out. I just found your blog, love these but am wondering if you put something on underneath? How do they absorb? I haven't done cloth diapers yet but am thinking seriously about it. What fiber would you recommend for someone living in the South? It gets warm here during the summer.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Kelley said...

Tami--I use Chinese prefold cloth diapers underneath. I bought my prefolds from Baby Cotton Bottoms:

A wool soaker is actually the diaper cover that goes over the cloth diaper to keep the wetness in. Wool soakers should be treated with lanolin to help them repel even more.

Wool is actually cooler in hot weather than plastic pants or disposable diapers because it's breathable. I especially like to use merino for my soakers. It tends to stretch out at the waist, but thread a little elastic through or use a drawstring, and no prob. Merino is nice and cool (it's from sheep from a warm climate, I believe), and it's very soft.

If you're interested in using wool soakers over your cloth diapers, there's a Yahoo group call Wool Soaker Group. I highly recommend you check it out to learn about making soakers, washing them, and lanolizing them. It's a great group! Lots of really knowledgeable cloth dipaer mamas in the group. (There's a great explanation on a post there that explains how wool works. If you join the group, you can search for "how wool works" in the posts and you'll find a super explanation. It's really cool!)

This answer got kinda long! I hope it helped a little. If you want more info feel free to email me by clicking on the "Drop Me a Line" link in the sidebar of my blog.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Wahhhh, my CD days are over. :( Oh well, I have great memories of putting Abigail in soakers just like that with a little dress over it last summer.

Kelley, your knitting is perfect. The cuffs are so even and the waistband looks perfect. Kuddos to Marnie for offering such a great pattern for FREE!

5:16 AM  
Blogger Maryann said...

I've been skeptical about using Peace Fleece for the summer, but oh dear, this is just too cute... and the Curly Purly pattern is my absolute favorite, so maybe I should make one more... ;o)

10:24 AM  
Blogger Purl Girl said...

Thanks for the info...we use cloth diapers too. our favorites are fuzzy bunz, but I LOVE the idea of knitting covers for prefolds we have SOOOOOOOOO many of them. My son is a heavy wetter at night...I can't wait to find out if it works.

7:06 PM  

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