Woven Bliss Misty Wings
Misty Wings from Woven Bliss is a blend of 15% wool and 85% combed cotton. At approximately 255 GSM it's a medium weight wrap.
Woven Bliss is a new business making machine woven wraps "inspired by nature and real life". I was excited to learn that they're based just up the road from me in Bristol, south-west England. Their wraps are at the affordable end of the spectrum, so great for those with limited budgets or just dipping their toes into babywearing.
'Wings' is my favourite Woven Bliss design to date. The Woven Bliss Flamingos design has proved very popular, but I love the delicate, slightly abstract Wings. The design is just the right scale to look beautiful wrapped, with no placement issues. Wings is fully reversible, and both sides look equally pretty, so the wrap looks lovely in carries with a twist where both sides of the wrap are visible.
Now, I'll admit that I'm not typically a 'pink person', however the Misty colourway is a really pretty, dusky shade of pink that even I can get away with wearing. The paler side has a delicate opalescent sheen and subtly changes from ecru to very pale pink in different lights. It felt lovely to wear a different, more conventionally feminine, colour palette.
The Wrapping Qualities
Misty Wings is woven in a fairly tight jacquard weave and so feels relatively thin despite it being towards the top of the medium weight category. Misty doesn't feel woolly in hand and the lower wool content (15%) means that there is no 'wool itch' whatsoever. You could easily mistake it for 100% cotton until you use it and get the wrapping benefits of that lovely wool. When I first received Misty in loom state it felt a little bit dry and inflexible, however its first wash and and iron did it the world of good and I started to see the potential of this pretty wrap. Misty is certainly no 'beast'. It'll just need a little bit of wear to relax and become the soft, more flexible wrap it's destined to be. A few washes, irons and days out with a toddler should do it!
Misty feels relatively smooth due to the tighter weave, however the pattern provides a nice amount of grip. It has very little stretch, which makes it beautifully supportive and solid when carrying heavier children. Misty was rock solid with my toddler, despite damp weather and a day of wriggling & attempted seat-popping! The afore mentioned qualities did mean that I had to take a little bit of care to feed the passes around and tighten off slack when first wrapping with Misty however, once in place, it stays exactly where you put it. The wool provides cushioning and it was comfortable on my shoulders even for wear with a 32+ lb little boy in a bit of a grumpy mood!!
When broken in, Misty will be thin and soft enough to work for a smaller baby as well as a bigger child, and is therefore a great investment if you're carrying children of different ages and sizes and need a wrap that will cope with them all.
Misty Wings is hand-wash only, however I trust my washing machine and it was fine on the cold hand-wash cycle. Oh, just a word of warning... when wet, the ecru / pale pink appears much darker, which caused me a little bit of worry mid-wash! Never fear however, no colour bleeding occurred and the wrap dried back to its original colours! Don't be too afraid of the pale colours getting dirty. We got Misty very muddy one day and it washed out fine. It didn't take too long to dry, and ironed easily (no battling with creases!).
Misty Wings is a pretty, great value, wool-blend wrap that's very supportive and comfortable when carrying a bigger child. Its denser weave and lack of stretch makes it nice and toddler worthy, while the wool adds cushioning for tired shoulders. It needs a little bit of love to get it to its full potential but, when it's there, it'll also make a lovely wrap for a small baby, although a little bit of extra care is needed when wrapping to ensure a tight, precision carry.
Keep an eye out on the Wrapping Years Facebook page for an exciting Misty Wings giveaway in the next few days!!