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Ceil Posted - 02/16/2014 : 12:37:51 AM
I'm knitting a soaker as a baby shower gift, and bought some camouflage variegated 100% wool yarn. We know the baby will be a boy, but now I wonder if the wool yarn will be too itchy, even if the idea is cute. (The mom-to-be doesn't want blue.)

I remember decades ago that Downy fabric softener had an ad where they washed burlap and used it as a diaper on a baby, to prove how well it could soften fabrics. I am wondering if Downy, or something else, would do the job on this wool yarn? Or would it destroy it?!

Perhaps hair conditioner would do the same thing? I also have softening sheets that go in the dryer. What if I put one or two of those in some rinse water and let the soaker sit in it for a while?

Thanks for your help!

(Ravelry: ceilr)
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ikkivan Posted - 02/19/2014 : 08:10:13 AM
Ceil, I've made wool soakers several times for a grandbaby ... do remember that most of it won't be right next to the baby's skin, maybe just a bit around the openings. I used both Lion Brand Fisherman's wool (boy, did my hands feel great while using that stuff) and another (sorry I don't remember brand) "generic" wool that was supposed to felt nicely. The only comment I remember hearing from my daughter was that she loved them and wanted more! I'm sure if there had been any sign of irritation, I would have been told about it.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
Jane Posted - 02/16/2014 : 05:48:54 AM
Since wool is hair, I'd try conditioner. Downy and dryer sheets seem too harsh for this situation, and I don't imagine they'd penetrate the wool as well as something meant for animal fibers.

You know you'll only get the soaker as soft as the wool it's made of, but it sure is worth a try!


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