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Rachel Harris Hughes Review: Size 8 MSK Royal (Cotton)

Rachel Harris Hughes Review: Size 8 MSK Royal (Cotton) 0

Review from Nerdy Black Mom

Apple Blossom Wovens sent me their Midnight Sky Kaleidoscope Royal (aka “MSK Royal”) as part of their traveling wrap program. This is their Midnight Sky warp featuring a gradient from a rich pinkish purple fading to a deep midnight blue with small streaks of magenta and white. Royal features a royal blue weft woven in ABW’s new Kaleidoscope weave, an intricate pattern that when you look at it closely it creates the feel of looking through… well… a kaleidoscope.

How Does It Look?

Some wraps are classic. Some elegant. Some scream glam while others invoke the feeling of your favorite fandom. Meanwhile, MSK Royal ignites the imagination. The color gradient of the warp perfectly recreates the colors of the sky at midnight, with a hint of purple at the horizon for good measure. The kaleidoscope weave pattern then takes this wrap’s beauty to another level. The intricate and ever-changing pattern of the royal blue across the weft creates the feeling of being in a nebula as new stars are being created. The streaks of white created by the “floats” in the weave become the streaks of starlight as you approach light speed in your starship of choice. Midnight Sky takes you on an interstellar adventure. To me it brings back memories of stargazing with my dad on a clear summer night and daydreaming of one day joining Starfleet and traveling at warp speed while watching episodes of Star Trek. MSK Royal is beautiful, breathtaking, and downright mesmerizing.

How Does It Feel?

Apple Blossom Wovens is known for creating machine woven wraps that feel like handwovens, and MSK Royal is no exception. The thick threads and small floats interspersed through the weave create a feeling of a cushy handwoven. MSK is fairly thick in hand and blankety soft. Despite being thick, the weave is surprisingly airy. My tester was a base+2, so there was a lot of fabric and it was a little hot while doing our “Can I vacuum the house in it?” Test, but I imagine that as a shorty or mid-range wrap it would not overwhelm you.

Texture-wise it is a delightful middle ground of dry and soapy. It’s not too silky smooth, but it’s also not rough. When you run your hands across it it reminds you of your favorite woven blanket or scarf. It is not irritating in the slightest against bare skin. It is reminiscent of ABW’s linen/cotton blend Soulshine Magenta (link), only it lacks that little bit of toughness that the linen gave Soulshine. However, it is still wonderfully sturdy. It creates thick, cushy, soft ruck straps and molds easily to you and your wearee’s bodies.

Is It Comfortable?

MSK Royal is decidedly worthy of toting around a 30lb toddler! While it may be Soulshine Magenta’s gentler, bluer cousin, it still can hold its own. I could wear NMB all day in this wrap. The thick cushy shoulders and lovely moldability that I mentioned above make for a wrap job that doesn’t start to rub you the wrong way or irritate you over time. I would wrap myself in this on the daily, if I could. Would that be weird? I’ll answer that for you. No.

On the grip-glide ratio, MSK Royal once again is the perfect middle ground. Since this was a base+2 I did multi-pass carries almost exclusively. It was easy to maneuver even with extra length. I could work the second and third passes of my carries into place with ease and do little micro adjustments later on without being hampered by too much grip. However, there was still just enough grip for the passes to stay in place once I got them where I needed them to be. It’s got a nice bit of diagonal stretch. Not super ace bandage stretch, but enough to create a feeling of the wrap hugging you and your baby with its blankety softness.

Care and Keeping

MSK Royal is 100% cotton. I’ve washed it twice already and it is as simple as a wash on cold/delicate and a tumble dry on low. YES you can tumble dry this wrap! I received this wrap already washed and dried, though if you get one new you will have to follow ABW’s instructions to wash it to set the weave. Don’t skip this step. Don’t. The slightly looser weave of this wrap that gives it its signature look and feel can make it a little pull-prone, but it is very easy to work a pull back into place if it does happen to get snagged on a ring, zipper, or broken nail. I would not let that deter you from trying this wrap.

The Verdict (aka TL;DR)

Pros:

Beautiful!!!!

Seriously the color and weave spark the imagination

Sturdy and toddler-worthy

Moldable enough for a smaller baby

Blankety soft

Nice balance of grip to glide

Not too dry not too soapy

Easy Care

Cons

Loose weave structure can be a bit pull prone

May get a bit hot in multi-layer carries

I cannot get enough of Midnight Sky Royal and am anxiously awaiting its release so I can get one for myself. Apple Blossom Wovens has figured out a way to capture starlight within a woven wrap. It’s easy to work with, feels soft and comfy in hand, is soft enough for a squish but strong enough for a toddler. This is a wrap that can take you through the entirety of your babywearing years and then snuggle you once your babywearing days are over.

Sheena Bayo Review: Size 8 MSK Royal (Cotton)

Sheena Bayo Review: Size 8 MSK Royal (Cotton) 0

I am so excited to tell you about MSK Royal!

Size: 8 (Base +1 for me)
Age and weight of child: 13 months, 25 lbs

Appearance: This wrap made me feel “fancy” when wearing, while not being too intimidating to really wear through all events due to the easy-care cotton and dark colors. The streaks of color and the varying skip widths in the weft give the impression of a galaxy. The space nerd in me definitely latched onto this pattern/color combination hard core. (Hint: We named our baby “Nova”) 

Handfeel: This wrap is deceptively thick when folded but it feels a lot thinner in hand than what that folded height would imply. I think it’s because of the pattern which gives it a very pillowy feel. I can understand why Lisa offered blankets for this wrap because it truly does make me want to snuggle.

Wrap Qualities: That luscious pillowy feeling isn’t just good for snuggling on the couch, it’s also great for wrapping! I could pull off a quick/sloppy wrap job (admittedly the only kind I do unless I *must* try harder because I know I’ll be taking pictures) with ease, support and comfort. The fabric still has enough give to allow me to make a good seat while feeling rock solid once in place. If you insist on tightening (because you’re not sloppy like me) then you might find that it takes a couple extra tugs to get into place due to the delicious texture. However, since it will hold solid without that extra effort, this is still a tremendously accessible wrap!

Conclusion/Highlights: I would recommend this wrap if the following things appeal to you: 

-Newborn to toddler/preschooler 
-Pillowy weave 
-Lots of texture 
-Amazing “galaxy” color impressions with a fancy feel when combined with the sophisticated weave pattern 
-Forgiving of sloppy wrapping

It would be hard to choose whether to get this wrap in a base size or a base-2 size range. It makes gorgeous fancy finishes but the huge knot and pillowy texture make it slightly more challenging to wiggle into said fancy finishes... so I think it would really shine in simple tie off base-2 wraps as well! It does wrap a bit short so I would size up, no matter what.

 

 

Julianna Bradford Review: Size 4 MSK Black (Cotton)

Julianna Bradford Review: Size 4 MSK Black (Cotton) 0

Midnight Sky Kaleidoscope Black Review
Size 4 (Base -2)
100% cotton

 

 

 

MSK Black arrived to me in Base -2 (Size 4) right before we left for vacation. We packed it up and it truly glows in the California sunshine. It is 100% cotton so felt nice and light in warm weather.

The Kaleidoscope weave is unlike any other wrap I’ve ever tried. It features a pillowy texture that adds extra cushion on my shoulders in various carries. It takes an extra bounce or two to tighten my passes but once secured, the grooves locked in and stayed put.

The colors from blue to purple and a little pink look just stunning with the black weft. The dark colors are great for easy care and doesn’t show dirt stains that are inevitable with two kiddos up and down.

It was perfect for a fwcc tub with my 18 pounder and a solid ruck with my 30 pounder. It feels thin in hand although it may wrap a little short. However it ties a solid knot no matter what because of those forgiving little grooves saving the day.

It’s a great wrap for beginners for that reason too. The texture really holds carries even with a less that perfect wrap job.

MSK Black helped me finally conquer back wrapping my 18 pounder. The texture was really patient with my slow passes and held up despite loose rails. (It kept baby warm warm in the cold snow once we got home from vacation too!)

Don’t worry it has a lot to offer experienced wrappers as well. The weave is really some thing to try and discover all the cush 100% cotton can offer.

From the beach to the snow. From a baby to a toddler. Front carry to back wrapping. This wrap is such a gorgeous versatile chameleon workhorse. Up for anything. Stunning and otherworldly.

Whether it’s your first wrap or wrap to add to your collection I think you will be reaching for this quite often. It’s just begs to be worn.

Photography by Gloria Folaron

Julianna Bradford Review: Size 3 Twilight Magenta (Linen)

Julianna Bradford Review: Size 3 Twilight Magenta (Linen) 0

I received the tester as a size 3 which is base minus 3 for me. This blend is 25% linen and 75% cotton. It’s soft to the touch and has a smooth look to it. It’s glides nicely and wraps thin.
It was great for a slipknot. Had just enough glide to adjust and stayed put.

I also got a nice Robbins hip carry with it. It was nice and cozy for the baby and easy to tie a knot even with short tails.

I also used it in a ruck TUB for the 30 pound toddler. It was almost a little too glidey for a fidgety toddler and wasn’t quite supportive enough to wear for very long. But in a longer size it think it would hold up better tied off in front instead.

Oh but let’s not forget about the most important part: THE COLORS
The magenta weft really makes the rich berry undertones pop. It’s such a luscious and juicy combination. It transforms in natural light and truly glows and shines. The colors are just so saturated and juicy. You almost want to take a bite. YUM.

Summary: soft and glidey perfect for baby. Good for toddler back carries too! THE COLORS ARE EVERYTHING.
Melissa Chevonne Stickley Review: Size 8 MSK Royal (Cotton)

Melissa Chevonne Stickley Review: Size 8 MSK Royal (Cotton) 0

Review of Midnight Sky Kaleidoscope Royal Weft

Age of wrappee: 7 months
Weight of wrappee: 21 lbs
Size of wrap: size 8

This was my first time ever trying an ABW wrap! So, I was so surprised by how much this looked and felt like a Handwoven! MSK is similar to a HW, but sturdier!

Now into the real review! I don't have anything negative to say about this wrap! Admittedly, a size 8 is just one size too long for us! Haha. This in a 7 or even shorter, would be perfection!!! I mostly do DH and FCC with my baby because he is a leg straightener and expert leaner. These carries contain him the best. I'll break down my thoughts in note form:

In DH

Cushy on shoulders
No dig
Lots of grip
Perfect amount of stretch (not too much)
Solid with some give
Passes stay in place
No retightening needed 
Airy
Thinish in hand but wraps thick!!

In FCC

Passes moulded perfectly and solidly, even though one side wasn't tight, it still held solid and secure.
The cotton was cozy without being too warm
Still cushy on the shoulders, but all wraps tend to press on the neck a bit with this carry.

I have to say I am surprised how easy it was to get such a tight wrap job with my baby in such a grippy wrap!! He's really hard to DH properly. So, with that alone, I am in love with it!!

Charleen Garcia Salazar Review: Size 7 Soulshine Cream (Hemp) 0

First impression, in hand, it has nice texture, airiness and it feels thinner in comparison to a cotton or linen ABW wrap. It doesnt have that "blankety" feel to it. After first wash, it feels like it needs to be broken in, just a little, very slightly scratchy........but after 48 hours, it's soft, floppy and zero scratchiness.

It's easy to wrap with. Being on the thinner side make tightening a breeze. The texture helps to hold passes in place. Its grippy, but not too grippy. After multiple front and back carries, there is no sagging, sliding or digging with my 20 lb lil guy.

After looking closely at the weft fiber, I love it's natural, organic feel. There are little impurities in the hemp that make it quite unique.

I know I'm supposed to talk about the good and the bad qualities......but like all other apple blossom wraps, the bad are almost nonexistent. The only minor negative quality is the short breaking in period.

Overall it's an amazing wrap both aesthetically and functionally. I highly recommend this blend for beginner wrapper and experienced wrappers alike."

{Four photos of a light skinned, dark haired woman with teal glasses wearing a red and black plaid dress. The woman is wearing her light skinned male infant in a front carry using a woven wrap with shades of purple, pink, yellow, orange and cream. The fifth photo is looking down at the long tails of the same wrap.}

Photography by Chloe Rose (age 6)