Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why Wool?

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Heather Johnson of Freckle talks a bit about wool as part of your cloth diapering system.

Why Wool?

  •         It is a wonderfully sustainable resource!
  •        Wool is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal.
  •         Lanolin, the natural oil in wool, helps to make your cover waterproof. 
  •         Lanolin reacts chemically with urine to create a lanolin-soap that makes your wool self cleaning and anti-bacterial.
  •        Wool can absorb up to 30-40% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp.
  •        Wool is breathable.
  •        Wool is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  •        Hand Knit wool pieces are cute, comfortable, can double as a wardrobe piece, and if knit properly can become an heirloom item to preserve and keep for multiple children or even the next generation.

Types of Wool Fabric to use for Diapering

  • Knit
  • Crochet
  • Interlock
  • Recycled Wool

What to look for when choosing your hand knit woolies

  • You want a piece that is pleasing to the eyes and to the touch.
  • Look for a reasonably dense fabric.  You do not want a loose knit, as the garment will not stand up to wetness as well.
  • You should not see any holes in your fabric and the stitching should look even.

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