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Staying Cool with Wool

Wool is a great yarn for warmer weather! Seems strange, but it is true … the temperature regulating qualities of wool make it a good choice for keeping cool in warmer weather. Our model, Yun tells us how, even in the heat of a Hawaiian summer, wool can be an amazing choice.

Andaluz Neshika Baby Wrap:
40% organic combed cotton, 17% organic linen, 23% wool, 9% silk, 11% linen.

“I love wool!!  I had been resistant to even trying it since our temperate weather never gets colder than 60º F (16ºC) and gets up to the 90s (over 32ºC) at times, but man was I missing out! Then I used Roses Nova for Jaxon’s newborn phase and loved it even though we were experiencing one of the warmest summers in history here in Hawaii. There’s really something special about a wrap that just conforms to your body, regulates both your temperatures and well….the softness and cush, especially for a newborn.”

You can read more about the provenance of our wool yarns here.

Woollen fabrics have built-in climate control as the fibers are nonconductors of heat allowing the body to properly regulate its temperature. The scales on the surface of the fiber and its natural crimp make for little pockets of air that serve as an insulating barrier and give warmth. Amazingly, lightweight wool can also work for summer wear because of its thermostatic quality. Wool is, therefore, a natural insulator keeping us warm in winter whilst also being breathable to keep us cool in summer.

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Wool – The Wonder Yarn

This month we focus on wool in our ongoing series of yarn blogs. We’ll join Vicki as she chases the sheep out of her garden, whilst paying homage to these amazing animals and investigating the wonderful baby wrapping properties of wool.
Sheep on the Wander

I’m having a wee bit of a problem with wild life in my garden; for a change it’s not rabbits eating my petunias, nor crows dive bombing the windows – the sheep have broken through from the neighbouring field and they think my shrubs are delicious. To be honest it’s surprising we haven’t had a visit sooner, for apparently Scotland has more sheep than people living upon our fair land.

My neighbourly sheep

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*New Blend* Machine-washable Wool

We enjoy developing and discovering new blends and fabric constructions for our customers and value sharing this process with a selection of babyweatring testers. The latest prototype to hit the road was Kasumi Orabel which is a new blend, for us, in machine-washable wool. We sent it to three testers in the USA.

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This wrap is woven on an organic cotton/linen warp and is made up of 45% extrafinewool, 20% organic linen, 35% organic combed cotton. The yarns are not treated with any harmful chemicals and, as with all of our fabrics, are in compliance with oeko-tex rules.

We asked Laketa from TandemTrouble, Bee from The Wild Bees and Samantha from Vegan Babymama to report back on what they thought about how it wraps and washes.

LaKeta, who has twin toddlers, commented on the washing process and feel of the wrap:
“It has been a pleasure to wear Orabel.  I have to admit to being skeptical on the machine washable wool but I believe this wrap made me a convert to super wash wool.  I was so nervous about felting, I have seen some truly horrible things happen to wool in machine wash.  Not only did it wash up very well, it had no felting and only mild, if any fuzzing. I think I see more fuzzing in Tencel than I did this wool.”
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Libero Aestus Review

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We asked Hedwych at Wrap You In Love to review our new 55% Organic Combed Cotton and 45% Pure Merino Wool blend. Hedwych has been using slings to carry and care for her children over the past four years and is an experienced wrapper. Her website has many ‘How to Videos’ and woven wrap reviews, she has created a fantastic resource for those who are interested in babywearing.

Hedwych was pregrant during her review of Liberty Aestus and has written a great blog post about pregancy and babywearing. She has recently given birth to her third little one, congratulations Hedwych!

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Hedwych carrying her daughter whist pregnant with her third child.

We wove this wooly blend in our newly revised Liberty Pattern ‘Libero’. You can also read her review on Wrap You In Love here.

The review: This design was new to me… Well, not really ‘new’ because it’s the Liberty design, but they enlarged the scale and rotated it.
Great idea in my opinion!
I have reviewed Liberty Lucy a while ago, back then I prefered the Nouveau pattern but now I actually think I like this best!

I had been in contact with Oscha because of some questions about materials/yarns they use and when they asked me to review this (new) blend I was very excited.
Organic cotton? Pure merino wool? Must be very soft!
I have to admit, when the wrap arrived I was a bit disappointed at first. It felt a bit prickly and not very inviting. Not as soft as the merino blends I’ve wrapped with before….
After a wash it was much better, still not as soft as I would like but I knew it would get better after wearing so I had to give it a try.

I tried it in a simple rucksack (tibetan), aiming for ‘just’ a quick up…. but: wow! When wrapping it didn’t have that itchy or scratchy feeling at all!
It’s very supportive, has great cush, less bounce compared to other merino wraps I’ve tried and it’s great for toddlers in a single layer carry!
I’m not sensitive to wool at all, so I find it hard to tell if someone else would experience it as a scratchy/itchy wrap when wearing it on bare skin.
I had no problem with it being itchy on my skin when wearing and my little girl seemed very happy too. I think with more wearing/washing it will feel less scratchy to the touch and get very soft. I can imagine wrapping a newborn with this wrap after a short breaking in period.

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Hedwych has tied a simple Rucksack (Tibetan) to carry her daughter on her back.

Not everyone loves (merino) wool in summer, but wool is known for not only insulating but it’s also very breathable (depending on the weave/thickness of the wrap of course).
They say it can keep the wearer cool and fresh in warm climates. Google also tells me that merino wool offers a natural UV protection, that sounds great! (but I can’t guarantee it… doctor Google isn’t always right).

The yarn has a bit of a ‘raw’ look, with some irregularities (but no real slubs and nubs). I really love both the ‘wrong’ and the ‘right’ side of this wrap.

This wrap has a width of 71cm, which is wider than my average wrap and great for bigger children without being overwhelming for a little baby.
I think this could make a great shorty, but a slipknot might be a bit bulky. It shines in single layer carries, with great cush and little bounce.

The wrap has a nice grip, you can do a knotless finish and it will stay put for ages. It isn’t overly grippy though. I was expecting (because of the ‘raw’ look of the yarn) a more grippy wrap, hard to wrap with… but it’s actually surprisingly moldable and easy to wrap with. It’s a good choice for both newbie wrappers as well as more experienced babywearers.
The cush makes it a forgiving wrap (still comfortable in a sloppy carry!) and I think experienced babywearers will like this blend too.

Stay away from this wrap if you have a sensitive skin, or if your little one is sensitive for wool. If you find other wool wraps (very) itchy you will probably experience this one that way too.
It does get better after wearing/washing and I loved it even on bare skin, but as I’ve said before I’m not sensitive to wool at all so can’t speak for those who are.

This is a boutique item where only 7 wraps were made. We will list these on our website on Friday 14th of August 2015 and will weave more wraps in this blend in the future.