Didymos November’s Mist

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Diamonds
Fibre:
100% cotton (of which unspecified % is chenille)
Pre-wash measurements:
502 cm long, 68.5 cm wide, 322 gsm
Post-wash measurements:
475 cm long, 67.5 cm wide, 350 gsm (post-iron)
Key words:
Cushy, supportive, snuggly, blankety, dense.

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Released in November 2014, November’s Mist (Herbstnebel) is one heck of a wrap! Didymos chose their classic diamond weave to showcase a type of cotton yarn never before used in a woven wrap: chenille. November’s Mist was released in both a regular width and, shortly afterwards, an extra wide width.

 

I was lucky enough to purchase the regular-width version new. Straight of the box, it was a bizarre combination of soft and strokable and stiff. It felt a lot like upholstery. However, after a gentle wash (details below), one iron whilst still damp, one steam iron and one use, it began to soften quickly. It will never be as baby-soft as a lisca or cashmere indio but the chenille is gorgeously snuggly, and after a lot of use it has become gorgeously floppy.

 

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The colour of November’s Mist is really chameleon-like and hard to capture. In my opinion it definitely reads as a dark grey, but a warm grey. In some lights it almost looks slightly brownish. Most mysteriously of all, in some lights it has a sheen (a friend described it as gunmetal, which I think is spot on). It’s a great warm toned neutral, and seems to work with almost any outfit I pair it with (I particularly enjoy wearing it with boots).

 

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The majority of my stash is composed of much thinner wraps (ranging from 230gsm to 280gsm). The only wrap I own of a similar weight is Summer Breeze (Sommerbrise) Indio at 308gsm. Even compared to Summer Breeze, November’s Mist not only feels thicker but also sturdier, more dense, with less stretch. The weight and sturdiness combine into a level of support which makes it a particularly great wrap for bigger babies and toddlers. However, I really wouldn’t recommend it for a newborn. You could make it work with smaller babies, but there are many other wraps I’d reach for before this.

In addition to bringing a lovely snuggly texture to wrap, the chenille also provides one of November’s Mist’s key characteristics: grippiness. In front carries, this extra grip really doesn’t prove a problem for me: on the contrary, it makes my Front Cross Carry feel particularly secure and supportive. The cross passes on my back are deliciously comfy – almost as though the wrap is giving me a snuggly hug.

However, double-layer back carries are another matter altogether – it took me a good month to master the art of tightening it in a Double Hammock! Now that I’ve learned the technique, it’s a glorious DH wrap – supportive, surprisingly mouldable, with a solidly placed second pass. Every back carry I try has a nice amount of cush, making ruck straps pleasantly comfortable.

 

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I originally ordered the wider width version of November’s Mist but cancelled the order when I realised just how wide that version is (over 80cm!). When selling November’s Mist, Didymos advised washing with extra care and low spin, as this blend is more prone to shrinkage over its width. I washed this standard width wrap very cautiously indeed (the gentlest cycle possible – wool, 20 degrees, with minimum spin – 400), as I really wanted to preserve as much width as possible (I succeeded and my wrap measures 67.5cm wide). If you have the patience to treat November’s Mist like wool, I think this will retain the most width. Otherwise I’d recommend washing on your gentlest cycle (and line drying). Of course, if you have the extra-wide version, this will not be an issue for you!

 

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My only real disappointment with November’s Mist was with Didymos’ finishing. The hemming on one taper was wonky to say the least, and towards that taper one of the rails had been hemmed so that the unfinished edge of the wrap was not turned under and caught in the stitching, but was instead visible. It didn’t bother me enough to return the wrap (and I was able to fix these issues) but it is a real shame to see this from Didy.

It’s worth noting the the standard width wraps also have a weaving irregularity. My wrap has one full and one partial repeat of the weaving irregularity, but this is really hard to spot (it’s like an optical illusion) and doesn’t bother me at all (sometimes I even enjoy searching for it).

 

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Overall, I just plain love November’s Mist. It’s warm, snuggly, and supportive, with a texture which begs you to touch it. Although it’s definitely a cool weather wrap, I enjoy the strokable chenille so much that it sees plenty of use during summer evenings as a blanket. Get it in a base size if you want double-layer support for toddlers, and you’re willing to learn how to wrap with the extra grip. Get it in a shorty if you want a fabulous ruck/kangaroo wrap. Just don’t let it pass you by.

Didymos Sage (Salbei-Natur) Prima

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Prima
Fibre:
100% cotton
Measurements:
471 cm long, 69.5 cm wide, 240 gsm
Key words:
Mouldability, glide.

 

Two things stood out to me when I first wrapped with Sage: the mouldability and the ease of tightening. Combined, these two characteristics allow me to get extremely snug wrap jobs (particularly in back carries) – I feel as though I’m gluing my toddler to me! This snugness is what makes Sage so comfortable for me. It’s not cushy, but (with proper tightening) it isn’t diggy. Having Isaac hugged so closely to my body distributes his weight fantastically.

 

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The lovely mouldability/glide combination in Sage is pleasant in front carries, but I’m particularly enjoying it with back carries. It makes absolutely beautiful chest passes. I don’t always get a perfectly snug or even chest pass, but with this wrap it’s really easy to do. The horizontal lines on indios really make any uneven tightening of a chest pass very obvious – mine are often just a little bit slanty or wavy. In Sage, they always seem to end up dead straight, even though the wrap is hugging me like a second skin. This shows just how easy it is to work with and to tighten.

 

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Perfect alignment, superbly snug

 

Sage definitely has more glide than grip, but after tying off it feels nicely solid and doesn’t really go anywhere. For prolonged periods of carrying with a toddler (an hour or more), you might need to tighten once, but slippage is certainly not a big issue with this wrap. In hand Sage has quite a lot of stretch, but oddly I didn’t find it unusually stretchy (for an indio) when wrapping. It did have a nice little bit of bounce, which contributes to the overall comfort of the carries.

 

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At 240gsm, Sage’s weight may seem on the thinner side to those used to other brands. However, this is a weight which works really well with indios. In mutli-layer carries it’s beautifully comfortably with my 23lb toddler, but I wouldn’t have any hesitation in using this with a newborn either (as it wouldn’t swamp or overwhelm them with bulky leg passes). The knot is a pleasant size – not tiny, but not huge either. I’ve found this most supportive in back carries with my toddler, but front carries have also been comfortable for up to 30 minutes.

 

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I might hesitate to use this with a preschooler, because it isn’t a cushy wrap, and I suspect the some of the comfort from the super-snug carries might be a less effective with a seriously heavy child. (As I don’t yet have a pre-schooler, feel free to correct me on this!)

 

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The wrapping qualities of Sage are so lovely that it’s almost easy to forget its other charm: the colour. Its grey-green seems particularly difficult to capture in photos, but I love this beautiful, lightly-coloured neutral. It’s not bold, but is gently flattering, and I really appreciate how easy it is to pair with lots of different colours. Sage’s indio weave is slightly different to usual, resulting in a beautiful ‘speckled egg’ appearance on the right side of the wrap. This is perhaps my favourite part of Sage’s appearance.

 

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My overall impression of Sage? It’s subtle, elegant, and just my style.

Accidental Loveliness

I recently took a stash shot featuring the indios I currently own. It was a nice shot.

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Then I set up a few of the indios for a taper comparison shot, since one has deeper tapers than unsual. (I really love geekery details like this!)

 

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I was all set to bundle the wraps up and take them back into my house, when my eye was caught by the ‘messy’ edge of the wraps. I’d lined up the tapers oh-so-neatly, but behind that I’d pushed the wraps around any-old-how, letting them fold and drape towards the ground.

 

And actually, it was really gorgeous. One of the things I love most about wraps is the way they move and drape. I never seem to capture this quality in flat shots of wraps. Any yet here, without any effort at all, was exactly that beautiful quality: the wraps doing just what wraps do. Muddly, puddly deliciousness.

 

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My lesson from this? Things don’t need to be neat to be beautiful. And I should always remember to look twice – sometimes beauty is where we least expect it to be.