This week I want to talk a little about wool. I must say that at the begining of my cloth journey I had no idea what the point of wool was, how it worked or if I ever wanted to venture down the wool road. I thought it was just too expensive and too much work! Eventually I did some research, asked some questions and decided to give it a try. Being that Cpt. Caveman is a super soaker wool seemed as thought it just may be the solution to our problem ... and it was! From the very first night of a fitted covered with a woolie I was in LOVE! I was amazed at how awesome it was and kind of mad at myself for not trying it sooner. Then I went wool crazy! I bought several covers and longies for Cpt. Caveman and the Velociraptor (eventhough she didn't "need" it I loved it too much not to).
I currently own several different woolies. I have covers, longies, skirtys, and soakers made by both big name companies and Wahmies ... I love them all! They all work amazingly and are each unique. I have recently recieved a soaker from a Wahmie, who's stuff I had LONG admired in the wool b/s/t group that I'm in. The soaker I recieve took over a year for her to create! She really wanted to combine a woolie with her love of crochet and pondered over just how she was going to make it work. I am honored to say that I own the very first of this creation and boy oh boy was the pondering worth it! When all is said and done her idea of combination was brought to life and not only is it functional it is REALLY cute!
Aside from being cute and functional the fit is fantastic! This soaker is an 18 inch rise, 20 inch hips, and 10 inch tighs. The Velociraptor is just about 18 pounds now and she still has tons of growing room yet it is not gappy on her at all! We have used this soaker for a few weeks now in every scenerio possible and it has withstood everything she could throw at it! All around this is my favorite woolie right now. It fits well, is absorbant, is well-made, super cute and still smells AMAZING! This arrived washed and lanolized with a wool wash bar handmade by the very same talented mama who made the soaker! I also recieved one of her handmade wool wash bars with this soaker so the package smelled glorious. It made me smile just to hold it in my hands un-opened =)
"How I started my work on woolies: My oldest, Greg, would get heat rash when he used diapers or covers with PUL. Other cloth diapering mamas suggested that I try wool. I couldn't imagine putting scratchy, hot wool on my sweet baby boy. When the mamas learned I could knit and crochet, they convinced me to take a trip to the yarn store to 'feel-up' some soft wool yarn. I decided to give it a try. The crochet shorties that I made him worked great! I started to make more and more. Other mamas asked me to make some wool for their little ones and the rest is history ;-)
How I started my work on body care: I have eczema. I've learned that dyes and fragrances seem to trigger flare-up's. I was spending quite a lot on super sensitive skin care products. Since I was a Chemistry teacher before I became a SAHM, I felt confident in making my own soap. I soon found it that it's just as easy to make a dozen bars of soap as it is to make one."
Also, if you are a Witchita, KS local you can pick up some of Rebekah's wool wash bars, dryer balls and occasionally some wool at Sweet Cheeks: http://www.facebook.com/sweetcheeksbabies