This has been really bugging me. Don't ask me why, but clearly it's bugging me to the point that I'm going to share it with all of you. Hand knit soakers. Why why why why why do people make these things?
Let me back up. Hand knit soakers are all the rage in the world of knitting. All the rage. They are all over Ravelry, all over Knitty Bloggy Baby Bumpers, everyone is making hand knit soakers. They are wool diaper covers that all moms who are better than I am use to cover cloth diapers. Cloth diapers that are used to save the environment and prove they are better moms than I ever was during the 6 years I purchased disposable diapers in my diabolical way to help clog up the land fills and aid in destroying the earth. I also use hairspray in an aerosol can.
So, many knitters are making these wool soakers to cover the cloth diapers. Here is my issue. Knitters are making them out of 100% unwashable wool. Unwashable wool. Wool that will shrink the soaker to the size of your Barbie doll's butt if you wash it. Wool that CANNOT BE WASHED. AFTER COVERING A LEAKING DIAPER. Two regular knitters that come to the shop have been making these soakers for their kids. They are making them out of this darling hand spun wool that CANNOT BE WASHED. Now keep in mind that there is a lot of washable wool out there. A lot. In fact, I sold some Cascade 220 to one them for this very purpose the other day and when I tried to direct her to our enormous display of Cascade 220 SUPERWASH, she said, no, she wants the regular stuff. Seriously. She made a point of choosing the unwashable wool over the machine washable wool. So I just had to ask her the obvious question: How does she wash her soakers?
Her answer? When they need to be washed, she just hand washes them. When they need to be washed? WHEN? In other words, there are times when they don't need to be washed? There are times when the soaker, which is covering a leaking diaper, doesn't warrant a good spin in the sanitizing cycle of the washing machine? And she has time to hand wash these things? What--does she have 239 pairs? I barely have time to hand wash my kids, let alone their fine unmentionables. I don't hand wash my own clothing.
Seriously, this is really bothering me. People come into the shop all the time to buy yarn for baby projects. And every sweater, hat, and blanket must be machine washable. I hear it time and time again. People want to make washable items for babies. And yet, that criteria does not seem to apply for the one item that, in my humble opinion, should be boiled into oblivion.
I'm sure someone will read this and comment on the evils of disposable diapers and try to educate me on why superwash wool destroys their baby's brain cells or something of that nature. But honestly, you can say anything you like and it won't change my opinion of unwashable diaper covers.
Tiffany, if I ever see one of these things on that new baby of yours that you are about to issue forth, I will gently rip it from his tiny little body and ever so carefully protect him with a nice sanitary Pampers.
And P.S. don't your kids get HOT?