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
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First encounter:

I spoke with the lovely Christina Eng Hauge from bærelykke (baerelykke.no) 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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 ❤
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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
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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! :*
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Review: Levate Teal Proto 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

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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.

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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.

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I used in 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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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 :*

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :*

 

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Review: Lollik Vinger Drift wood 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
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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 :*
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Minako Lilac Cotton Gems 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
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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 ❤
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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!
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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.
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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 😛
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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.
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Who would love this:
 
• Cush lovers
• People that are afraid of “delicate” fabrics
• People that hate to break in wraps
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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!
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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 ❤
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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.

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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