Woven Wrap

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.

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