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pieheart
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Posted - 07/22/2006 :  7:14:25 PM  Show Profile Send pieheart a Private Message
that is looking for soakers? I don't know why, but I want to make some and I don't know anyone with younguns. I have a lot of single skeins that I could use up as well!

pieheart

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minh
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Posted - 07/22/2006 :  7:35:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message
Sorry for being obtuse but... what are soakers? are they like washcloths for kids?

Here is a list of knitting organizations that might be what you're looking for
http://interweave.com/knit/charities.asp

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pieheart
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Posted - 07/22/2006 :  7:38:39 PM  Show Profile Send pieheart a Private Message
No,they are diaper covers, usually used with cloth diapers instead of plastic covers, but I know some people who use them over disposables just because they are cute. Here's a link to a pattern:

http://warmheartwoolies.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=PatternsforSale

pieheart

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RoseByAny
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Posted - 07/22/2006 :  7:42:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
I'm sure childrens/nicu units in hospitals would be able to put you in touch with some groups that help. Women's shelters might be another option, though I suspect they use disposables. But even if the hospitals don't need them, they're likely to know of groups that do that sort of thing.

Soakers are fun to make!

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truly violet
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Posted - 07/22/2006 :  8:08:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
pie if no one wants them.......
then you can auction them off and donate or........
give them to the hospital auctions

no?

vi
trying to convince herself to spin 1200 of bulky, ply it and dye it


none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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pieheart
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Posted - 07/22/2006 :  8:18:08 PM  Show Profile Send pieheart a Private Message
Actually, vi, you gave me an idea. D's old school has a tricky tray once a year, as you know they are very natural/craft/handmade oriented. Quite a few of the moms have babies and they do use cloth diapers. Forgot about that. Thanks for the reminder!

pie

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knottyknitter
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Posted - 07/22/2006 :  9:15:23 PM  Show Profile Send knottyknitter a Private Message
You could check with the local Y or any shelters or transitional housing for abused women and children. The only thing is that I would bet most of those places may not use cloth diapers just becuase of the upkeep necessary and they'l working with limited washing facilities to begin with. Worth checking though.

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margaret9
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Posted - 07/30/2006 :  8:08:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit margaret9's Homepage Send margaret9 a Private Message
Maybe selling them and donating the money would be good.
I tend to think that people in need of financial help usually use disposables, and would never use a soaker. Maybe if you switched to little baby sweaters women's shelters would get a lot of use out of those?
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biden@att.net
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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  12:15:32 PM  Show Profile Send biden@att.net a Private Message
As a matter of fact, a charity I am involved with could make excellent use of the soakers you describe. The Liberia Orphan Education Project (LOEP) is involved in meeting educational and physical needs of orphans in Liberia, West Africa. LOEP also sends medical supplies to the Liberian Red Cross.

Although it may seem odd to us in our climate, wool and wool blend soakers are very useful in Liberia. There are virtually no disposable diapers there and the orphanages have only cloth in any case. The wool soakers are highly absorbent, soft, and stand up well to Liberian laundering methods (cold water and pounding on rocks at the river side). LOEP has a contact at the U.S. Embassy in Liberia who receives all our shipments and insures that all of the goods are distributed exactly as LOEP specifies (no "diversions" or misuse). We also have excellent and reliable contacts at the orphanages whose dedication to traumatized, resilient, beautiful children of war and disease is truly inspirational.

If you are interested in donating the soakers (or any other aspect of LOEP) contact me at loeproject@gmail.com or biden@att.net.

The charitable nature of the knitting community is astounding.

Beth
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margaret9
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Posted - 08/01/2006 :  07:15:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit margaret9's Homepage Send margaret9 a Private Message
Wow that's neat, I never would have considered the international angle, but of course it makes sense when you think of it. :)
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