I’m sure those of you residing in the Philadelphia area are already familiar with this amazing natural parenting and cloth diapering store, but for those of you who aren’t: meet CLOTH.
I met Angela, owner of CLOTH, while attending MommyCon in Philadelphia this past summer. We had a wonderful conversation about…you guessed it: cloth diapers. I made Angela promise to contact me once they began selling online [so that I could share her wonderful store with all of my non-local readers].
If you’re already familiar with CLOTH, then you know that CLOTH serves as a center for the local natural parenting community, in addition to selling organic and natural products for the entire family. CLOTH offers childbirth classes, and has a babywearing expert in the store for four hours every Sunday. You can find all of the events offered on CLOTH’s calendar of events HERE.
Cloth 101 classes are held regularly at CLOTH, providing information that runs the gamut from what modern cloth diapering looks like, to how to launder your cloth diapers. CLOTH is excited to be offering a cloth diapering topic class on January 30th: Wild About Wool Workshop. This free workshop will cover everything from debunking common wool myths (i.e. wool is difficult to care for), to demonstrating how to wash and lanolize your wool (how awesome is that?).
To get everyone excited about wool, CLOTH is hosting a Sloomb giveaway for any in-stock wool cover or longies! If you know wool, then you know just how amazing this giveaway is!
To enter, simply visit CLOTH’s Facebook page and select the Giveaway Tab, or enter through the Rafflecopter below:
24 – Diaper Rite Flannel Wipes $11.98
1 – 10-Pack Charlie Banana Wipes $12.99
1 – Step Trash Can $15.00
2 – Planet Wise Pail Liners $33.00
1 – Planet Wise Hanging Wet Bag $29.99
1 – Planet Wise Wet Bag Medium $16.50
A grand total of $1,033.21. Disposable diapering can cost anywhere from $1,500-$2,000, so I’m still saving money while having my dream diaper stash. The crazy thing? These diapers will diaper all of my kids and I’ll still be able to resell many of these items when done and recoup some money (cloth diapering just makes cents). I feel I should have a disclaimer — I’ve not tried Blueberry or Applecheeks covers, I’ve just heard so many great things about them that I had to include them. Also missing? The diaper I am absolutely dying to try right now is a Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.0. I just can’t justify any more diaper purchases when we have so many diapers that go unused each rotation (even though I really, really, really want to add just 5 more AIOs/AI2s to my stash!).
Window shopping has been fun, but it makes me want so many more diapers (and another squishy baby to put fluff on)! I was surprised that I had difficulty with the $200 budget even with exclusive flat and prefold diapering. While I was pretty much a prefold-only gal (with a few fitteds thrown in for good measure), I did have a lot of comforts along with those diapers, in the form of multiple wet bags, pail liners, premium cloth wipes, wipe warmer, and way more cute covers than we have ever needed (who knew?). The biggest comfort I factored into my $500 and unlimited budgets was having the luxury of more diapers and cutting down on the frequency of laundering. What I didn’t factor in was a laundry service, but that may just be a topic for a future post…
I should add a disclaimer, stating that you really must go to the Curly Purly website to see how beautiful and trim this soaker truly is, as I am a beginning knitter. In stating that I’m a beginner, I’m also adding a disclaimer that it really shouldn’t take you the month or so it took me to knit this! To be completely honest, I took a lot of breaks, mostly from making silly mistakes…and not catching them until hours of knitting later. After having to unravel hours of knitting, multiple times, my frustration level was such that I had to put my knitting down and walk away.
I am, however, determined to have my son wearing lots of wool this summer, so I perservered. While I have the other soaker that I knitted, it’s way too big. But, I have my Little Fawn Organics soaker, a Living Green Baby fleece soaker (I’ll talk about this one soon), this newly-knitted one, an adorable pair of wool shorties ordered from Squishable Baby, and plan to try my hand at sewing some upcycled wool soakers in the next few weeks. Here is the finished product on Declan:
A little big, but that makes all of the trial and errors worth it, as he’ll get more wear out of it. It really is a hot mess to look at close up, but I’m still proud that I stuck with it, and have an incredible sense of accomplishment.
I will note that I am not a great knitter, so this soaker can easily be made over the course of a week of knitting in the evenings. I really love the patience knitting teaches me, and this project was a HUGE lesson in patience! Also, the more mistakes I make, the more I learn. However, my next project is going to be a super easy one, as I need a break and I need a project without a ton of instructions and techniques!
I’m relatively new to using wool, and new to knitting (I just started in February). However, I love using wool so much that I decided to attempt to knit my own soaker. I searched the internet for patterns, and came across a couple of free soaker patterns that I decided to try (I’m currently working on another pattern). The first pattern I decided to try is a by a Finnish woman and can be found on the Ottobre Design website. This particular soaker is knitted with straight needles, and is then stitched together at the very end.
Without photos of the finished product, I really was on my own. I won’t tell you how many times I had to restart this project due to mistakes at the very beginning (remember, I’m a beginner). Before this project, I had only worked with a knit stitch, so I had to learn purling to do the waistband ribbing. Counting stitches proved to be my biggest hurdle:
While this is a beautiful moss stitch, it’s not what I needed. This is a photo of one of the many times I had to undo my knitting and start over. But, I finally got the hang of it (and learned a lot in the process):
Since becoming pregnant and having a baby, I’ve noticed that I have a difficult time paying attention to television shows or movies. I’ve found that knitting helps me to focus more and it relaxes me. It is definitely teaching me patience as well!
This pattern forced me to learn a lot of different knitting techniques: increases, decreasing rows, and the mattress stitch to name a few. Thank goodness for the internet and YouTube — I can’t tell you how many tutorials I watched throughout the process of making this!
While it took me a few weeks to get this done, realistically, this project could get done in a week (knitting in the evenings, as I do). I sat on the project for a few weeks at the end, before attempting to stitch it together. I am not great at sewing, so the thought of having to learn a special stitch (mattress stitch) and sew the whole thing together was overwhelming.
I finally did complete the soaker, and have an amazing sense of satisfaction in having completed this! I love it, imperfections and all.
The unfortunate part? I used the 10-24 month pattern, to get the most use out of the soaker, but my son is only 9 months…and on the small side:
He likely won’t start wearing this until the fall 🙂
I really want him to wear wool this summer, so I’ve started a new pattern using circular needles – wish me luck!
I have no shame in exposing my dirty little secret. When Declan was about 5 months old, we started using disposables at night. I simply got tired of middle-of-the-night wakeups, stripping the crib linens and changing bulked-up cloth diapers in my semi-conscious state. On top of it all, D was becoming more mobile in the crib and his overstuffed pocket diapers were hindering his movement. I waved my white flag.
|Front of organic wool soaker|
|Back of organic wool soaker|
|Ready to give nighttime cloth a try!|