Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rock that carry week 3 - basic Ruck

There we go - nothing like practicing those rucks!

This is one of my favorite tutorials from Babywearing Faith - it shows how to pin the seat to avoid 'the butt pop'.

And this is Wrap you in Love showing some finishes to play around with.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Rock That Carry Week 2 - Kangaroo

Ok, after last week's challenge I can now finally work Robin's hip carry. I'm still messing it up a bit when trying it with an extremely grippy wrap, but way better than it was a week ago. :)

So, this week's challenge. How about a basic Kangaroo? 

Again, Wrapping Goddess Wrapping Rachel has a great tutorial on Youtube:

Also, the very helpful tutorial from Hedwych from Wrap You in Love is one to watch when you're looking for a reinforced version of the Kangaroo carry. Oh, and try to follow Wrap You in Love on Facebook - she has great reviews and pictures on there.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Poe Wovens Herringbone Merlot review

Wrap brand: Poe Wovens
Type: Herringbone
Colorway: Merlot
Material: 100% cotton
Size: 6 - 4.7 meters 
Thickness: Medium. 

Well, what do we have here?

I got this wrap as a tester (yay!), so it was already broken in when it arrived. That's probably why it was so soft when I opened the package. Classy color. Reminds me of tweed. And chilly autumn days in Great Britain. Long hikes in the woods. And game for supper. It felt thinner than most of my other wraps (I'm a thick wrap kind of girl), but not too thin.

Seeing how classy this wrap is, I obviously took it to IKEA. Ha!

Wrapping qualities

This wrap wraps itself. Rock solid Double Hammock within minutes. Passes glide into place. This would be an amazing wrap for beginner wrappers. The same goes for experienced wrappers, because it's a great wrap to try out new carries. So so easy to wrap with. And for being a size 6, it doesn't feel like you're wrapping with a whole bunch of fabric. 

As for happy shoulders: yes, when I sandwich the shoulder passes. I have picky shoulders, but I wouldn't pick this wrap for long hikes. Even sandwiched, I did feel some dig after an hour. That being said - this would not keep me from purchasing this wrap. It's a permastash kind of wrap. That makes it so easy to wrap when you're in a hurry. 

Newborn or Toddler

Both. Definitely both. It is thin enough to not eat up a tiny baby, but (in layered carries) sturdy enough to carry the big guys and girls. :) 

So, keep or sell/trade

Keep. This wrap has permastash written all over it. However, if you have picky shoulders and are wrapping a bigger kid - sandwiching the shoulders is a must.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rock That Carry Week 1 - Robin's Hip Carry

I really really really need to try different carries. At the moment I need to work on a comfy hip carry. So, this week's challenge will be 'Robin's Hip Carry'.

Good old Youtube helped me out on this one and I found two great tutorials by Wrapping Rachel and Babywearing Faith!

So, I'll let you know how I messed up tried and tried and rocked this carry in about a week. Wanna join me?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Poe Wovens Giveaway

Giveaway time!

Would you like to win a Poe Wovens scarf in either Herringbone Merlot or Herringbone Lake to match your wraps? Classy. Sophisticated. Stylish. Sure to keep you and your little one toasty warm. Did I say stylish yet? Oh yes, I did.

Poe Wovens' Herringbone weave is soft, softer, softest. And yes, I think you could use these scarves as a shortie (for newborns - too short for bigger kids). Or a doll wrap. :)

So, do you want one? I think you do. 

If you want to enter this giveaway, you'll have to:

1. Fill out the form below;
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4. Share this giveaway on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/Social Media;
5. Tell me which Poe Wovens wrap design you like the best (that one is just for fun!).

There are two rules and two rules only:

1. You can only enter once;
2. Shipping within Europe is included. Worldwide shipping would be USD 10 through Paypal (gifted).

This giveaway will be open till October 8th 12 AM CEST. Winner will be drawn through random.org and published on this blog on October 8th - sometime before 10 PM CEST. Good luck!

Tekhni Wovens Ceres Chai review

Wrap brand: Tekhni Wovens
Type: Ceres
Colorway: Chai
Material: 55% cotton, 45% Tussah silk
Size: 3 - 3.1 meters
Thickness: Medium - thick. 

Well, what do we have here?

I got the Ceres Chai as a tester. My first thought when unpacking it: 'oh, that's a shortie!'. Yup, a size 3. My go to size is a 5 or 6, so I was slightly intimidated. Understatement of the year. ;)

And the color. Wow! It truly has the color of a Chai Tea Latte. No kidding. It does. And it has a nice shine to it, too. Plus, the latte colored silk in the wrap, complements the skin tone that comes with being a natural redhead. Win win!

Wrapping qualities

There had been a couple of testers before me, so it was already on its way to being broken in. Since I'm a Ceres girl, I'm used to wrapping with a thicker wrap and actually prefer it. The wrap felt soft to me. You have to work a bit to wrap with it, but that is the charm of Ceres. Added bonus: it is rock solid. Even as a shortie. Plus, it will get buttery soft with use. I'm sure.

Getting a size 3 as a tester forced me to try different carries. And I did. This Ceres Chai size 3 made me love shorties and made me try different back carries. Thank. You. Chai!

It truly rocks a ruck and a short back cross carry with a candy cane chestbelt. 

Happy shoulders: yes. I did need to sandwich the shoulder passes, but then again, I have picky shoulders. 

Newborn or Toddler

I'd say both. It's sturdy. :)

But, uhm, wait, it's silk! As in - high maintenance!

Well, you'd say so, but I have checked with Tekhni and you can actually throw this baby in the washer. Delicate cycle, low spin. And you'll be fine. Thank you Tekhni for weaving a silk wrap you can actually use as a beater wrap!

So, keep or sell/trade

Keep. Keep. Keep.