Sjala Woods Troll: Review 1

Sjala Woods Troll: Review
The preface Sjala is Sweden’s first machine woven wrap maker and they were first known for fantastic merino wool elastic wraps that can be worn much longer than normal jersey stretchy wraps. Their woven wraps came out in spring 2016 and they now have several different designs. Some time ago I received what I knew ...

Corvus takes flight but not before some Elliott geekery

Corvus takes flight but not before some Elliott geekery
Sweet departures I’m going through a stage of “can’t keep all the wraps”. Maybe it’s the impending third birthday of Smallest or that I wish to play with lots more wraps. Or both. Nevertheless, in a fit of brash listing, up went my semi custom Lawilde Elliott Corvus. I love this wrap. So much so ...

How Brexit hurt my hip

How Brexit hurt my hip
Toddler politics Back in September I decided to take the girls on an anti-Brexit march. It was full on political conference season and like most European minded lefties, the prospect of turning out against the Tories over their appalling referendum is always a good one. This is my children’s future and I am angry. Several ...

#imperfect

#imperfect
This originally appeared on Ami Amalia’s The Mill section as part of the Words Collection launch. The collection uses words to challenge assumptions and celebrate feminine power. Ami Amalia focuses on long lasting and ethically produced luxury knitwear. #imperfect We see beauty in the imperfect, so why do we fail to acknowledge our own perfection? ...

The Rules of #TheArtiParty

The Rules of #TheArtiParty
It’s Vogue Online Shopping Night again so around comes another Artipoppe #TheArtiParty. Whilst it’s a social media marketing exercise it also has the potential for great fun. After all, why should wraps just be worn for children? Add the fact that it’s also aimed at pretty exhausted (mostly) women, it provides an opportunity for some ...

Three years

Three years

Authenticating motherhood through a lens

Authenticating motherhood through a lens
When I saw the photos from my friend’s wedding party they were a pleasure to behold. Natural, vivacious, full of joy; they captured the afternoon so perfectly. The photographer, Julie, had conducted herself so well, non intrusive and friendly, and in doing so she achieved an authentic view of the people she observed.  I realised ...

Removing the kid gloves: precious fabric and memories

Removing the kid gloves: precious fabric and memories
I was thinking about how often wraps are mollycoddled as precious pieces. This is partly through fear of delicate threads, sometimes a wish to keep it pristine to retain value (outdated now) and maybe anxiety because they’re made in such limited numbers. This week I was trying to decide what to wear for a Glastonbury-esque ...

A wrap passport

A wrap passport
It’s a statement of fact that wraps travel many miles during their lifespans. It’s rare, as churners will attest, for a wrap to be bought new and stay forever with its original purchaser. Instead it may go through two, three, four, more hands before it stays  on its final shelf or gets chopped for other ...

Artipoppe Argus Tealio and the hidden castle

Artipoppe Argus Tealio and the hidden castle
In recent years my husband and I have become enamoured with Scotland and have taken many family holidays there. I find it soul cleansing to go across the border with my back to England and feel a different pace to the places we visit. One of the reasons we love the area is that it’s ...

The LikU Bats and why you should care about GOTS 1

The LikU Bats and why you should care about GOTS
In my recent post I introduced LikU, the diffusion line from Linuschka, however I have yet to really speak about the bats tester that kicked off its UK tour with me. I shall keep this relatively brief as I have discussed the meticulous standard that Oxana is achieving with this line along with its USP ...

Paul Bürck, LikU and playing to the camera 1

Paul Bürck, LikU and playing to the camera
I have a lot to thank the world of babywearing for; friends, visiting wraps, camaraderie, geeky chitchat. What I didn’t expect was a greater appreciation of…me. I recently received a LikU tester from Oxana. LikU is the diffusion line of Linuschka however it doesn’t seem to be skimping on anything – same mill, seamstress, with ...

Diary of a Sjala linen wrap – final dispatch

Diary of a Sjala linen wrap – final dispatch
I know, I thought, I’ll do a video of wrapping Smallest. You know the sort, where the wrapper makes it look so effortless, so easy, so…efficient. I’ll attempt the Mermaid carry because it’s really pretty and will work fabulously with Millions (aka the Posh Pink wrap). What could possibly go wrong? Everything. Everything that could ...

The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist
There’s been a lot going on in the babywearing world about female body image over the last week or so. The controversial Artipoppe post about shaming mothers who choose to work out and the discipline that requires left the majority cold. I shan’t go into the many arguments; principally fat shaming, power imbalances, the way ...

Diary of a Sjala linen wrap – first carry

Diary of a Sjala linen wrap - first carry
All of These Lines Millions had dried really quickly so I ironed it using lots of steam when I got home with the girls. My eldest daughter was my willing wrappee for a very sloppy double hammock. This time she had given the review.  From now on Millions is hereby known as “Posh Pink”