Review: Levate Leaves of Ginkgo Echina 6

This lovely wrap visited us some 10 months ago. Unfortunately I didn’t get to publish the review until now. Now I finally got the time to edit the text I wrote and choose a few pictures. Disclaimer: I did not have skis on my feet nor do I recommend anyone to have that while babywearing.
Blend: combed cotton 92%, wool 8%
Length: 4.88 m
Width: 0.675 m
Weight: 1020 g
GSM: 320 (data from Slingofest) 310 (wash and one use measured by me)
Bonce/recoil: Rather little
Grip/glide: More glide than grip
Cush: Subtle
Wrappee: 2 years and 9 months & 15 kg
First encounter:
How I love this pattern! It’s one of my favourites, really. Ginkgo Biloba, the only remnant of a group of really early trees. They’ve actually found 270 million years old fossils of this old three, but its heydays were a little later during dinosaur times. As a wild tree, it’s extinct today. There are separate male and female trees, but they generally don’t plant female trees because the fruit smells terrible. Lovaloom and Minako also use Ginkgo Biloba leaves as pattern inspiration, but Levate really has their own take on it. It’s little more abstract due to both size and transparency. It’s designed by the young Danish textile designer Maria Rokkedah, woven in UK and hemmed in Denmark. More botanical inspiration; the herbal flower Echinacea inspires the colour of Echina. It’s such a lush and warm soft pink paired with ecru, which may look good with a lot of different skin tones, even my winter skin!
Wrapping Qualities:
It arrived here in loom state and I was worried that I had to work a lot with it to like it. But no, after wash and ironing it was already floppy and moldable. It’s soft and sleek and almost silky to touch. Still, it could be that my toddler broke it in rather rapidly and my experience with heavier wraps has cluttered my vision.
I used this wrap in variations of Double Hammock and Front Wrap Cross Carry. I also wrapped a Ruck Tied Tibetian on my man. It was a breeze to wrap with, thin in hand and with more glide than grip. It created an effortless Double Hammock. It’s such a gift when you’re busy in the morning or if you have a toddler that might change his mind about being wrapped while you’re wrapping.
It has a subtle cush and it’s rather low in the stretch department. It’s not completely mute, but I’m not sure you’ll feel bounce or stretch in it until your kid is heavy enough. I think the pattern adds to the floppiness; if you’re familiar with Linuschka Owls, Lollik Vinger, Minako Ursus or Oscha Zorro you know what I mean. The pattern gives the fabric guidance to yield before it’s completely broken in. Very clever!
As briefly mentioned it has a smooth and cosy surface. You’ll have no trouble wrapping on naked skin and you’ll have to be very wool sensitive to have a reaction to it. I would wrap my kid in it without clothes without any hesitation and that can’t be said about all wraps. It’s densely woven which means it’s not bulky either to wrap with or to bring around. Also, it doesn’t get pulls very easily.
As lovely as this wrap is, it’s not for everyone. For me personally, the downside is the lack of grip. It doesn’t bother me in a Double Hammock, but in a Front Wrap Cross Carry I feel like I’m slipping while wrapping. Probably because I’m used to more grip, to keep the passes from slipping. To seal the deal you will need a double knot. Also, at this stage of wrapping, with a +15 kg kid it’s not the thin in hand wraps that wow me anymore. They work just fine, no doubt about that. I just prefer thicker and cushier wraps with a little bounce. Though, with use the wool will fluff up and maybe I will get hooked in our next encounter? And with a big baby or smaller toddler, you probably won’t share my opinion.
If your baby outgrown the elastic wrap and you’re curious for a woven wrap that will last a long time, this is a great choice. I’d say this is super for a beginner. Also, It’s great for a more experienced wrapper, and it’s perfect for practicing new skills.
Who would love this:
• Those looking for an easy wrap job
• Lovers of densely woven wraps that are thin in hand
• Team pink
Who would be more lukewarm to this:
• Someone looking for easy care wraps
• Those who prefer thick wraps with lots cush
• Grip-lovers
Thank you Levate; Hansotto Kristiansen and Nina Feldthaus for sending this wrap to for testing. It was a blast and I love to expand my wrapsperience :*
Do you love it? It is still possible to buy at

Review: Sjala Rowan Carmine 6

This lovely wrap will be released tomorrow November 6th 10.00 CET by draw to purchase at ❤
Blend: 56% organic cotton 37% cotton 7% cashmere
Length: 4.91 m
Width: 0.66 m
Weight: 1052 g
GSM: x (prewash data fra Sjala) 325 (etter vask og bruk)
Bonce/recoil: The perfect little recoil ❤
Grip/glide: A bit more glide than grip
Cush: subtle
Wrappee: 2 years & 14 kg
First encounter:
I first saw this lovely red wrap in a sneak peek from Yvonne (Sjala’s mother <3). I loudly expressed my love for reds, she heard me and sent me this wrap. It’s a rather pure red with bluish tones paired with salmon pink. Because of the mixture of colours, salmon pink is not prominent. I perceive it as bubblegum pink.
It’s actually soft already in loom state, but after a bath and some ironing, it’s almost fluid with a beautiful drape. It’s rather densely woven, but it feels like velvet. Especially the red, which I think is the organic cotton. You could use it a comforter. It feels medium to thin in hand, I was surprised when I measured the GSM to 325.
Wrapping Qualities:
First up was a sloppy morning front wrap cross carry, when LO refused to go to day-care. Want to see trams? Up you go. A little detour on our way to day-care and he was happy. It felt so nice on my shoulders, even in poor execution. Rowan Carmine very easy to wrap and tighten. Actually, it delivered one of the easiest double hammocks I’ve made in a long time. I’m used to more beastly and grippy wraps, so I’m really pleasantly surprised when this happens. It has lovely glide on the red side. If you choose to have the pink side out, it offers more grip. And yes, as all Sjala wraps it does have flipped rails for you to choose the side you prefer.
My favourite carries are front wrap cross carry and double hammock variations (I’m a two trick pony 🙄). I like wraps than allow me to have a tight wrap job, but still allow movement in terms of a little bit of stretch/ bounce/recoil. This wrap has that little recoil, which allow the carry to be tight but feels organic. I thought it would be too thin and deliver too little grip for my likings in a ruck. But I had to try it. It worked really well. I carried for 30-45 minutes in a Tibetian finish with a knot and it delivered both cush and sturdiness. I wish I could have put it to my ultimate test; a day full of hiking in the woods, but the timing was off. If I were to try it, I would have the pink side out to deliver maximum grip for my heavy load.
Because it’s so easy to wrap with I would actually recommend Rowan Carmine to everyone. Both beginners and experienced wrappers would love it. It’s not too thick for tiny babies and it’s not to thin for heavy toddlers. It would double perfect as a shorty and a scarf if you’re into big scarfs. But it not bulky, it will fit in your handbag too. It’s an ideal wrap to learn new carries with, because it’s so easy to mould and tighten. And it’s heavenly for double hammock. Love it. I think it would shine in every size. And it needs no breaking in to feel great. I bet it would be even smoother with time, if that’s even possible.
Just to pour in some cold water in and to keep my objectivity, I need to mention that I don’t think I would reach for it on long hikes with my big kid or when I know I will wrap ugly outside tons of slippery winter clothes. I prefer wraps with more grip for those jobs.
Despite the cashmere, I perceive it as easycare. Yes, I wash all my wraps in the machine in a handwash cycle. It’s not pull prone and it has saturated colours. I will have no problem taking it everywhere and to wrap my toddler everywhere.
Who would love this:
• Lovers of the perfect red ❤
• Those who like medium thick wraps with a hint of cush and a little recoil
• People who don’t like to break in wraps
Who would be more lukewarm to this:
• People who prefer completely mute wraps
• Those who prefer lots of grip and cush
• Those who think that wraps that you don’t need to break in are boring
Thank you Yvonne Fransson Duran, founder of Sjala, for making such exquisite and lush wraps, I really appreciate it :*

Review: Bærelykke Sovestøv 3

Blend: Cotton
Weave: Pebble
Length: 3.53 m
Width: 0.67 m
Weight: 836 g
GSM: 380 (data from Bærelykke) 353 (after wash and wear)
Recoil/bounce: Not much
Grip/glide: Grippy
Cush: A hint
Wrappee: 2 years 13 kg

First encounter:

I spoke with the lovely Christina Eng Hauge from bærelykke ( at the Norwegian National Babywearing Convention 2017 (Nasjonalt Bæretreff). She showed me this soft coloured wrap, told me about it and asked me if I’d like to test it. Of course! ❤ Innslag, an experienced weaver in the heart of Oslo, have woven Sovestøv in collaboration with Christina. Despite her level of experience, this is her first babywrap. It’s one of the first two made and there’s still warp left for two-three more wraps, which are woven as we speak. The warp is made up by cotton in a natural white, soft warm light yellow and medium grey colour with white weft in a pebble weave. The occurrence of yellow threads increase from one side to another, leaving one long end almost white. It is rather densely woven for a handwoven, but still airy. I can’t wait to give it a go!

Wrapping Qualities:

I know some people who touched Sovestøv during the convention said that it was densely woven and rather mute. It kind of is. During the first ups I tried double layer carries, pirate and Sheperds carry. I probably didn’t succeed very well because the carries weren’t very comfortable or cosy. I was a bit disappointed, because I really wanted to love it, having been made here locally. So I gave it a break for a few days contemplating whether to be upfront and just give it back again. During these days, I sat on it whenever I sat. Not folded nicely, but in a crumbled mess. That’s my favourite way of breaking in new wraps, aside from using them, of course. Densely woven wraps can be tough when it comes to breaking in.
When I used it again, only in one-layer carries this time, it was a huge success. It was comfortable and sturdy. I used front wrap cross carry tied at shoulder and ruck tied in front. Even in poor execution the result was nice on the shoulders. And it stayed in place.
Sovestøv has rather little stretch. It’s very grippy, at least at this stage, before it’s more broken in. The second layer is hard to tighten. Bonus is that you rarely need more than a half-knot. Actually, I prefer it in single layers. I would recommend it to lovers of simple ruck. It gives you a fuzz-free ruck, if you have shoulders to accommodate the fabric. With Sovestøv, I prefer a ruck with a candy cane chest belt with a bunched legpass, rather than the reinforcing layer. Like that, the shoulder straps don’t slide down the shoulders.
I love tactile middle markers. I’ve been wrapping a lot in the dark and I’m used to feeling my way to the middle markers. Also, I like to keep my eyes at the running toddler, with tactile middle markers I can multitask. So even though the golden thread that marks the middle in one of the sides is gorgeous and cute, I don’t find it very practical. May I be that bold to suggest simple soft leather mid marker? On both sides, preferably? Because I really don’t like it when I choose the wrong side. But it’s quite easy to sew on one yourself, if you’re like me and misses it.
Despite the light colour, this is as easycare as it gets. You can wash it properly with enzyme detergent to remove stains and I would be impressed if you can produce a pull. It was a pleasure to test it and I’m sure it will receive lots of love on its way, as it’s a very likeable and easygoing wrap.
For the remaining warp, I would find it interesting to see some wool mixed in, to give it some more stretch. Maybe weave more loosely, with a different cotton to make it softer. And I would love to see twill weave! I love the cush it introduces. Though I’m really no expert in handwovens; I’ve just dipped my toe slightly into it. I follow Innslag and bærelykke with excitement ❤

Who would love this:

• Lovers of easycare wraps
• Those allergic to bounce and recoil
• Grip-lovers

Who would be more lukewarm to this:

• Those who need two middle markers
• Wool seekers
• Those who prefer wraps with glide
Thank you Christina Eng Hauge from bærelykke, for lending me this wrap to expand my wrapsperience, I really appreciate it :*
Thank you Inga Greipsland for taking photos! :*

Review: Levate Leaves of Ginkgo Mallard 3

Blend: 80% cotton, 20% linen
Length: 3.45 m
Width: 0.67 m
Weight: 692 g
GSM: 300(prewash) 299 (after wash and wear)
Recoil/bounce: Not much
Grip/glide: balanced More grip
Cush: A hint
Wrappee: 2 years 13 kg


First encounter:

It is a densely woven wrap with a complicated pattern, picturing Ginko Biloba leaves, an evolutionary early three with especially beautiful leaves, it has actually existed over 200 million years! One side is the most perfect teal colour according to me, with white pattern. The other side is soft white, with teal pattern. The wrap feels medium to thin in hand, it’s cool to touch and feels quite smooth, despite the subtle relief of the pattern.


Wrapping Qualities:

This is a sturdy wrap. There’s not much bounce or recoil, still there’s the obligatory diagonal stretch to make it comfortable. There’s plenty of grip, but not so much that I find it impossible to position the second layer in a multi pass carry. There’s a slight hint of cush, I think it must be the beautiful and intricate pattern that delivers it.


I used it in a simple ruck tied in front, pirate carry, Poppins, Robins and a sheperd’s. It’s the perfect ruck wrap, rather mute and grippy as I like it. Sheperd’s was the most comfortable. I did find it hard to tighten the toprail though, as I usually do with densely woven, sturdy wraps.


Levate Teal Proto is a true easycare wrap, which can endure just about anything. You can drag it through the woods, sit on it, use it as a towel and of course wrap dirty day-care kids with it. I don’t think it will get pulls easily, despite the complicated pattern. Also it’s supportive without being bulky, and can easily be brought in a handbag to be ready to save tired, small feet.


I would not recommend this wrap to beginners or squish wrappers. But it’s perfect to support bigger babies and toddlers. Any size would be good. Choose your favourite size when this comes up for sale!


Who would love this:

• Lovers easycare beaters than can endure anything
• Fans of intricate patterns
• Those who appreciate a densely woven wrap
• Those allergic to bounce and recoil

Who would be more lukewarm to this:

• Wool seekers
• Persons in need of cush and bounce
• People that hate to break in wraps


I can’t begin to express how much I appreciate to be testing this prototype. I love the pattern and I love that it’s Nordic and made with a northern grown material (linen). Thank you Levate​; Hansotto Kristiansen​ and Nina Feldthaus​ for making this prototype! I’m exited to follow you in the months to come. And thank you Bendikte Lende​, who let me into the Norwegian tester tour when I sneakily asked for it to expand my wrapsperience :*

Edit: Check out as this prototype now is released!


Review: We Are Wovens Mixite Breeze 6

Blend: Combed Italian Cotton
Length: 4.8m
Width: 0.61 m
Weight: 1018 g
GSM: 300 (prewash) 342 (after wash and wear)
Recoil/bounce: Some diagonal stretch
Grip/glide: balanced
Cush: Subtle
Wrappee: 2 years 13 kg



First encounter:

I received this after it had traveled for a while. It is so soft! And that’s quite special, because it is rather thick and densely woven. You learn to appreciate truly broken in wraps after a while of trying a lot of wraps. This is. But from what I hear, it’s not that hard or time consuming to break it in. It must be the high quality, combed Italian cotton.



Visually, this has two very distinctly different sides. One is natural white; the other has a strong teal colour. The pattern is the same on both sides with reversed colours. It is a geometrical pattern. The wave is dense and doesn’t appear to be prone to pulls. It is rather heavy in hand but medium thick and smooth to touch.


Wrapping Qualities

I used this in a double hammock, front wrap cross carry and a ruck. It is very easy to wrap with, despite its thickness. 300 GSM is after all rather heavy. Level of grip is low; second passes glide easily. You’ll have to concentrate at keeping tension when wrapping. There is a nice little diagonal stretch in this wrap. It has a subtle cush, and it feels very nice on my shoulders. It’s very mouldable; wrapping with this wrap is very easy. It’s perfect to learn new carries with.


There’s only mid marker on one side. If you’re a meticulous wrapper with a running toddler you need to keep an eye on, are visionally challenged or if you wrap a lot it the dark that might annoy you. The hems are rather wide. I love wide hems; I find it very comfortable because it makes it less prone to dig into your shoulders. They are not reversed, unfortunately. Reversed hems would be nice on this wrap because it looks equally good on each side.


I think it’s a bit too thick for a squish, but if you are experienced and the wrap is broken in you’ll make it work. The wrap is soft enough, that’s for sure. If you’re a beginner with wovens and your baby just became too heavy for the elastic wrap, this will work well for you in a base size. If you need a wrap to practice ruck with, this would be perfect in a base -2 or 3. Actually this is a wrap that works for all ages, if you’re after that. With a heavy toddler you’ll just might want to use two layers.


Who would love this:

• Lovers of honest cotton wraps
• Fans of geometric patterns
• Those who prefer a little bit of stretch

Who would be more lukewarm to this:

• Those who need two middle markers
• Blend lovers
• Those who prefer subtle or organic patterns and low contrast

Thanks to Erle Jansen at Carry Me for providing me with this wrap to expand my wrapsperience :*



Review: Lollik Vinger Driftwood 6

Blend: 81% Egyptian cotton / 19% Linen
Length: 4.74 m
Width: 0.63 m
Weight: 972 g
GSM: 320 (prewash) 325 (after wash and wear)
Recoil/bounce: Yes
Grip/glide: a bit more grip than glide
Cush: Some
Wrappee: 2 years 13 kg

First encounter:

Wow! It’s so soft. Is this really linen? Dark warm grey and natural white in a complicated pattern, called Vinger. That is Danish for wings, which the incredibly intricate and cleverly made pattern envisions. It is both abstract and naturalistic at the same time, balancing a fine line. A Danish textile designer, Eva Louise Hauge (Evalou), designed it. She is also a former babywearer. As the pattern gives the wrap a 3D effect, the grey really pops out from the white; I perceive the weave as airy even though it’s rather dense. The nubs are scarce and in a way it feels a bit more like cotton. It is very floppy, even right after a wash (I had to wash it because I soaked it in sweat while hiking). I’d say this is a linen wrap for those who normally don’t like linen. But I have to add; this wrap had travelled long before it came to me. It was well broken in.

Wrapping Qualities:

I have used this wrap in a front wrap cross carry, double hammock variations, Poppins hip carry and kangaroo. My favourites were double hammock variations and kangaroo. Maybe this is because the wrap is rather stretchy, and these carries benefits from the stretch. My sleep refusing toddler could wiggle and bend himself almost out of it when in a front wrap cross carry during evenings. So I was a bit reluctant when I took Vinger Driftwood as the one and only wrap for a daylong hike in the woods. There would be no way back if it didn’t work and I would be annoyed from re-tightening or aching if it didn’t work. Luckily it worked like a charm and proved all my dark suspicions wrong. I had to re-tighten only once in the beginning, it felt super comfortable the whole time and I didn’t ache anywhere else than my feet. Huge success. Also, It dried very well during our one-hour break. It must be the airy weave.
To sum up the qualities as I perceived them; floppy, lovely drape, light feel, medium thin in hand, a bit more grip than glide, nice stretch (not to much for a long hike) and a little bit of cush. It’s supportive for a toddler (better in multiple layers), but will also fit for a baby when broken in (though not my first choice for a newborn).
The wrap is cool and airy, perfect for warmer climates. It’s truly easycare, and not pullprone despite the complicated pattern. I would not hesitate to bring linen blend Lollik Vinger as only one or two wraps during a holiday or to have it as part of a minimalist stash, if you find yourself prone to that.
I only have one downside to mark. The midmarker is lovely, but it’s only on one side. If your’re a meticulous wrapper with a running toddler, are visionally challenged or if you wrap a lot it the dark, that might annoy you. When you pick the wrong side, it will take one or two minutes extra to find the right starting point. My toddler would be out of sight by then.

Who would love this:

  • Lovers of easycare wraps
  • Fans of intricate patterns
  • Those who prefer a little bit of stretch and a hint of cush

Who would be more lukewarm to this:

  • Those who need two middle markers
  • Wool seekers
  • Those who prefer silent wraps
Thanks to Lollik for making such a lush wrap and Laila Pettersen for including me in the Lollik tester group to expand my wrapsperience :*

Minako Gems Lilac 5 review

Versjon 2
Unreleased from Minako
Blend: 64% egyptian cotton 36% bio cotton
Length: 4.34 m
Width: 0.66 m
Weight: 826 g
GSM: 288 g/m2 (my measurements)
Recoil/bounce: Just a little
Grip/glide: slightly more grip than glide
Cush: yes!
Wrappee: 23 months, 12.5 kg

First encounter

I was so curious about this one! Minako’s first all cotton Gems. They’re nothing like any cotton you’ve met, I’d say. Of course I don’t know what kind of cotton you’ve met, but I’ll do my best to describe in the following. The colour is slightly dusty cool lilac on the right side. Think of lilac shrubs. The wrong side has a bluish medium grey colour. Both sides have widespread woven-in cute gems of different sizes. As the contrast is rather low here, the pattern is not very visible. This one has travelled a lot before it came to me, so I cannot tell how it was initially, but the wrap is now very soft, mouldable, floppy and cool to touch. You can tell it’s airy, by looking at the weave. It’s not dense, nor very loose. But it is on the coarser side, and I like watching the lilac weft and the grey warp. The warp is thin, regular and uniform, while the weft is chubby with little thickenings on it, coming and going. This is no ordinary cotton! It’s kind of nubby. I love nubby ❤

Wrapping qualities

Lilac Gem is incredibly easy to wrap with. It’s medium thick. It’s easy to tighten and put in place. You don’t need to hold tension as your life were dependent on it, it won’t slip. But it’s not hard to layer either; you would quite easily be able to manage that second pass in a double hammock or pirate carry. Hence, it has a slight overweight of grip over glide, making it very widely likable. It’s floppy like a blanket. Yes, the wrap is most likely very broken in due to its travel, but the rather loose weave makes me think that the mouldability was there quite initially. Interestingly it has a heavy drape. It adds an unexpected luxury feel, like the very luxurious Minako Ursus or a lot of AP wraps. Not what you would expect from an all cotton wrap!
It has a tiny bit of stretch, but vey little, like most Gems I’ve met (Sierra, Rusty, Amber, Gneiss/TOAK). I think it makes them very suitable for long hikes. That, together with the cush for days makes the wraps easy to choose when you know you’ll be wearing the toddler or baby for a longer period of time. It’ll be very nice on any picky shoulders. This extraordinary cush originates from the weave, all the Gems are woven with a double cloth, what is most often called triweave. Gem Lilac will be suitable for all ages, it will not feel overwhelming on a squish, I think. Also it’s not very hard to use for someone in the beginning of their wrapping career, though not my top choice for neither situations.
I used it in a double hammock, front wrap cross carry and a ruck. All perfect. I tried it in a reverse coolest hip carry too, but I’m no expert at that 😉 It was comfortable despite all the slack. I couldn’t loosen the slipknot in a smooth way for successful transfer after, but I’m not sure I can blame the wrap for that 😛
I’m not sure when Minako plan to release this, but I hope it’s during this summer, because it will be a nice addition anyone’s summer stash, including mine! It’s cool to touch, airy, has easy-going happy colours, is super-easy care and does not feel like cotton.
Who would love this:
• Cush lovers
• People that are afraid of “delicate” fabrics
• People that hate to break in wraps
Who would be more lukewarm to this:
• People who prefer glide more than grip
• Those who prefer warmer colours
• Those who aren’t fans of the Gem pattern (weird, yes. But I know a few)
Gee, it feels artificial to try to find out reasons why people would not like it. It’s very easy to like!
Thank you Elena Moskaleva for making these exquisite, lush wraps and sending them up North. And thank you Beathe Hodne Manger for organizing the wrap tours and for being so extremely patient with me while I had the wraps for a tad longer than agreed. That meant a lot to me ❤

Pile of fluff: Now also with names

Someone in my Instagram account asked me if I can write the names of the wraps. Of course I can. But I’d rather do it here, because I’m lacy and prefer a computer keyboard over the phone any day.


Left, bottom to top:

Sling Studio Falling Feathers Owlet 6

Minako Gem Gneiss 6

Solnce Phases Saorsa 6

Woven Wings November Rain 6

Kokoro Mon Chéri Fog 6

Sling Studio Buzz Melliferous

Linuschka Bolero New Life 6


Right, bottom to top:

Sjala Rowan Hurricane 5

Sling Studio Bracken Barberry 4

PinkNova Leaves Salt and Pepper 4

Ankalia Fuse Twilight 4

Sling Studion Heritage Herringbone Jurassic Slate 3

Linuschka Bolero Proto 2

London Sling Company Voronoi Dunaway RS

Artipoppe Argus Illusion RS