For the Love of Wool

Post by Contributing Writer, Lydia

Here in Michigan, things are getting pretty chilly. We can usually count on it being “coat season” from late October through early May, so it is important to make sure that all children and babies are properly outfitted for the weather.

I must admit, although I am not very fond of long, cold days, I happen to look forward to the temperatures lowering just a bit, necessitating the use of wool.

It is no secret that I love woolen clothes for my children, particularly my babies. Wool is a lovely natural fiber that is warm and protective as well as breathable.

My love of wool initially began when I started cloth diapering several years back.  My interest in natural fibers for diapering had me re-learning how to knit and attempting my own diaper covers and longies.  Now I have branched out and do my best to keep my kids toasty warm in a variety of knits.

We like to spend as much time as possible outdoors in all seasons, so keeping the kids comfortable and warm is top priority. Mittens, hats, scarves and legwarmers help my big kids to stay toasty warm while they rake leaves, ride bikes, or when we take the whole family on a hike.

With proper wool apparel, baby can stay warm and dry all winter long. One common misconception and concern is that wool is too itchy for babies, but there are plenty of milder wool yarns available that wear just fine next to baby’s sensitive skin.

A thick woolen sweater does the trick as a top layer for my baby and enables me to buckle him securely in a carseat or wear him in a carrier without too much extra bulk. A wool cap keeps his little head snuggly warm and wool even deflects water and resists soaking so he is sure to stay warm and dry.

Wool also works excellently as a diaper cover when lanolinized properly. And what is cuter than a wee pair of woolen socks or booties?

Wool is a winter-time essential for everyone in our family. It has been such a blessing that I have been able to create these items myself, saving money and giving me a creative outlet all at the same time.

If you love to knit and would like to connect with me, visit my ravelry page. Not a knitter and interested in getting your hands on some beautiful knits? Like “Thisbusymamaknits” on facebook!

Lydia is Mama to 5 little ones, wife to a wonderful husband, knitter, writer, grace-seeker and beauty chaser.  You can catch up with Lydia daily at Small Town Simplicity.

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8 comments to For the Love of Wool

  • Oh, this makes me want to go out and buy some fun wool yarn! I really need to learn how to knit better. :)

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  • I still haven’t learned to knit. I do crochet but unfortunately, there isn’t a good place to buy yarn in my town. My aunt spins her own from the hair off their goat (yes, goat) and I keep hoping that she’ll have extra at some point!

    I may have to just find a good online source and force myself to learn to knit!

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  • Beautiful things you have made for your children! Oh I wish we could use wool (Minnesota winters are long and cold!) — my husband gets extremely itchy and irritated when he touches wool so it is not really practical around our house but it is a wonderful natural fiber!

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  • These cute tiny clothes are so adorable. The button-down sweater looks “professionally” made!! You are so talented, and I’m sure it gives you great satisfaction to cloth your family from your own two creative hands. You’re taking the Proverbs 31 wife passage and applying it incredibly. :)

    When I was in my pre-teen years, my mother taught me how to crochet. I learned a few types of loops, but I never got past making more than LARGE squares or rectangles. So… I’ve made a lot of blankets. 😀

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  • Erika

    I need to learn to knit.

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    Michele Reply:

    Me too! :)

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  • Marian Gall

    If you have problems getting wool yarn, learn to spin. It’s easy and so relaxing. Start with a spindle so you don’t have a lot of money invested.
    As for allergies to wool, mostly they come from the chemicals the wool is processed and washed in. Get yourself a piece of raw fleece, not washed or processed in any way and do the bra test. Stick a piece in your bra and see if it causes allergies. Look on the net for raw fleece, ask them to send you a small piece.
    One of the best soaps to wash fleece in is blue Dawn. Whether that is Kosher for this site, I don’t know.

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